TrueCrypt - Disk Encryption Software - OPINIONS?


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Gene E. Bloch

OTOH, the Wikipedia article says (I'll copy and paste):

"Multiposting is the preferred[by whom?] way to post the same
information to multiple channels."

That is neither what you said nor what I believe...

Ugh! Wikipedia is dead wrong in this instance, as far as I'm
concerned. Multiposting just fragments the thread, so someone who
answers in one newsgroup doesn't always get to see answers from others
in another newsgroup. And for those who read all the newsgroups the
message is multiposted to, they see the message multiple times instead
of once (they would see it only once if you correctly crossposted
instead). This wastes everyone's time, and gets you poorer help than
you should get.
The way I have agent set up it automatically keeps track of
multiposted messages and only shows one of the many copies as new. The
way things get screwed up is if people add more groups in the middle
of a thread or otherwise "break the chain" established by the original
poster. When the same post is made individually in multiple
newsgroups is when it creates a problem because then it shows up as
new in all of them plus different people answer in different
newsgroups and the answers/thread gets all messed up with bits and
pieces everywhere. WIkipedia is right.
Multipost = deploy a *separate* copy of a post to each of two or more
groups by having a single destination in each copy's "To:" field.

Crosspost = deploy a *single* copy of a post to two or more groups by
putting all the destinations on the "To:" field of that single copy.

Wikipedia is wrong (unless it's been changed again since the first
remarks in this thread).
 
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Roy Smith

OTOH, the Wikipedia article says (I'll copy and paste):

"Multiposting is the preferred[by whom?] way to post the same
information to multiple channels."

That is neither what you said nor what I believe...

Ugh! Wikipedia is dead wrong in this instance, as far as I'm
concerned. Multiposting just fragments the thread, so someone who
answers in one newsgroup doesn't always get to see answers from others
in another newsgroup. And for those who read all the newsgroups the
message is multiposted to, they see the message multiple times instead
of once (they would see it only once if you correctly crossposted
instead). This wastes everyone's time, and gets you poorer help than
you should get.
The way I have agent set up it automatically keeps track of
multiposted messages and only shows one of the many copies as new. The
way things get screwed up is if people add more groups in the middle
of a thread or otherwise "break the chain" established by the original
poster. When the same post is made individually in multiple
newsgroups is when it creates a problem because then it shows up as
new in all of them plus different people answer in different
newsgroups and the answers/thread gets all messed up with bits and
pieces everywhere. WIkipedia is right.
I think that you might have your terms backwards... When one crossposts
a message he would specify more than one newsgroup in the To: line of
his editor. When one multiposts, he would send a copy of the message to
each individual newsgroup, in other words the To: line would only
contain one newsgroup.

The results that you would see when using a newsreader that properly
handles crossposted messages is that you'd see the message only once as
the copies in the other newsgroups would be marked as read. When the
message is multiposted, then you'd see it in every newsgroup that it's
posted in that you are subscribed to.

IMHO it's better to crosspost instead of multipost, so Wikipedia is
wrong.
 
C

cameo

I love it and use it on my USB stick. I no longer worry about the
possibility of leaving it behind, with student records and other
embarrassing material.

I'm thinking of using it to encrypt my data partitions (as opposed to
C:, the programs partition) on my laptop, but I haven't made a
decision yet.
Can you make self-contained thumbdrives with it so you don't have to run
the TrueCrypt software on a PC to decrypt the thumbdrive?
 
J

John Williamson

cameo said:
Can you make self-contained thumbdrives with it so you don't have to run
the TrueCrypt software on a PC to decrypt the thumbdrive?
Yes, it's a portable application, which can be run entirely from the
thumb drive, which holds the program and the encrypted data. From the
website:-

"Create a TrueCrypt file container on the USB flash drive (for
information on how to do so, see the chapter Beginner's Tutorial, in the
TrueCrypt User Guide). If you leave enough space on the USB flash drive
(choose an appropriate size for the TrueCrypt container), you will also
be able to store TrueCrypt on the USB flash drive (along with the
container – not in the container) and you will be able to run TrueCrypt
from the USB flash drive (see also the chapter Portable Mode in the
TrueCrypt User Guide)."

The only caveat is that the OS must match the version you are using.
 
P

Peter Jason

I used to use DriveCrypt but they were so slow in making their
software compatible with one of the version of windows that I gave up
and tried TruCrypt. I found it worked just as well and as a bonus I
felt more secure with the open source making it less likely that the
gvt got a back door into it somehow.

This thread reminded me of the uproar quite a few years ago now when
there was a plan to require all passkeys for some system (don't recall
what) to be filed with the gvt. So it's not like the gvt has not
tried to do it in the past.
This is as I remember it. Generally, if a thing can go wrong, it
will eventually. I keep my encrypted stuff off the computer.
 
A

Ashton Crusher

On Wed, 25 Jan 2012 14:26:30 -0800, Gene E. Bloch

OTOH, the Wikipedia article says (I'll copy and paste):

"Multiposting is the preferred[by whom?] way to post the same
information to multiple channels."

That is neither what you said nor what I believe...


Ugh! Wikipedia is dead wrong in this instance, as far as I'm
concerned. Multiposting just fragments the thread, so someone who
answers in one newsgroup doesn't always get to see answers from others
in another newsgroup. And for those who read all the newsgroups the
message is multiposted to, they see the message multiple times instead
of once (they would see it only once if you correctly crossposted
instead). This wastes everyone's time, and gets you poorer help than
you should get.
The way I have agent set up it automatically keeps track of
multiposted messages and only shows one of the many copies as new. The
way things get screwed up is if people add more groups in the middle
of a thread or otherwise "break the chain" established by the original
poster. When the same post is made individually in multiple
newsgroups is when it creates a problem because then it shows up as
new in all of them plus different people answer in different
newsgroups and the answers/thread gets all messed up with bits and
pieces everywhere. WIkipedia is right.
I think that you might have your terms backwards... When one crossposts
a message he would specify more than one newsgroup in the To: line of
his editor. When one multiposts, he would send a copy of the message to
each individual newsgroup, in other words the To: line would only
contain one newsgroup.

The results that you would see when using a newsreader that properly
handles crossposted messages is that you'd see the message only once as
the copies in the other newsgroups would be marked as read. When the
message is multiposted, then you'd see it in every newsgroup that it's
posted in that you are subscribed to.

IMHO it's better to crosspost instead of multipost, so Wikipedia is
wrong.

You and Gene are right. I was just looking at terms generically. My
bad.
 
C

cameo

Yes, it's a portable application, which can be run entirely from the
thumb drive, which holds the program and the encrypted data. From the
website:-

"Create a TrueCrypt file container on the USB flash drive (for
information on how to do so, see the chapter Beginner's Tutorial, in the
TrueCrypt User Guide). If you leave enough space on the USB flash drive
(choose an appropriate size for the TrueCrypt container), you will also
be able to store TrueCrypt on the USB flash drive (along with the
container – not in the container) and you will be able to run TrueCrypt
from the USB flash drive (see also the chapter Portable Mode in the
TrueCrypt User Guide)."

The only caveat is that the OS must match the version you are using.
Thanks. Now *that* make me interested in TrueCrypt, too.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

On Wed, 25 Jan 2012 14:26:30 -0800, Gene E. Bloch

OTOH, the Wikipedia article says (I'll copy and paste):

"Multiposting is the preferred[by whom?] way to post the same
information to multiple channels."

That is neither what you said nor what I believe...


Ugh! Wikipedia is dead wrong in this instance, as far as I'm
concerned. Multiposting just fragments the thread, so someone who
answers in one newsgroup doesn't always get to see answers from others
in another newsgroup. And for those who read all the newsgroups the
message is multiposted to, they see the message multiple times instead
of once (they would see it only once if you correctly crossposted
instead). This wastes everyone's time, and gets you poorer help than
you should get.


The way I have agent set up it automatically keeps track of
multiposted messages and only shows one of the many copies as new. The
way things get screwed up is if people add more groups in the middle
of a thread or otherwise "break the chain" established by the original
poster. When the same post is made individually in multiple
newsgroups is when it creates a problem because then it shows up as
new in all of them plus different people answer in different
newsgroups and the answers/thread gets all messed up with bits and
pieces everywhere. WIkipedia is right.
I think that you might have your terms backwards... When one crossposts
a message he would specify more than one newsgroup in the To: line of
his editor. When one multiposts, he would send a copy of the message to
each individual newsgroup, in other words the To: line would only
contain one newsgroup.

The results that you would see when using a newsreader that properly
handles crossposted messages is that you'd see the message only once as
the copies in the other newsgroups would be marked as read. When the
message is multiposted, then you'd see it in every newsgroup that it's
posted in that you are subscribed to.

IMHO it's better to crosspost instead of multipost, so Wikipedia is
wrong.
You and Gene are right. I was just looking at terms generically. My
bad.
Fact is, I usually have to stop and think for a second or so when
confronted with those two terms (and other pairs too on occasion).

It just happened that the other day was your day not to do the pause
and my day to do it. I'm looking forward to the day when the reverse
happens :)
 

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