Just got a new Windows 8.1 64-bit laptop and realized that a SDD disk is impossible to wipe. Because of this - and in case of theft - I'm considering to use FDE (full disk encryption), but which one should I use? The 'original' Truecrypt has been discontinued as we all know. The 'original' Truecrypt and any forked versions are AFAIK officially not W8 compliant, but do they work for W8.1 regardless? Bruce Schneier recommends Symantec Endpoint Encryption (which is a development of the old commercial PGP Disk etc), but besides the price it seems impossible to install unless you're a sysadm in a big organization (yes, I have tried) PGPi has not been updated since 2002 and it seems no freeware PGP version exist any longer according to P Zimmermans site Everyone distrusts Bitlocker, but if you can live with a potential NSA backdoor (should stil protect you against theft and similar threats) then it seems easier to use than Symantec, but costs roughly the same (W8 -> W8 Pro upgr). Besides, it requires TPM. Linux based FDE for W8 (LUKS?) seems to be trusted but very complicated to use unless you a Linux expert? I gave up finding the right guidelines for this, if it is an option at all? Finally there is a long list of FDE products claiming there're world class but dont' have the reputation to prove it... So, what is the smart thing to use for FDE for a W8.1 with a SDD drive? In the past I have used PGP Disk and Truecrypt, not as FDE but for volume encryption. Yes, I can accept some uncertainty over potential NSA backdoors but would obviously prefer not to have them. Yes, I will gladly pay for a quality product. Yes, reliability, security, portability and stability (as in 'the product will exist for a long time') are the most important factors for a FDE product. Thank you very much for any guidance!