TrueCrypt Question on keyfiles vs password

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by pencarrow, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. pencarrow

    pencarrow Registered Member

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    Since the TrueCrypt forum is no longer...

    Would appreciate a forum member's quick help re keyfiles use.

    Been a TrueCrypt user for some time but only use it to setup encrypted files on a drive. I have attempted to understand the Help manual re keyfiles but am still confused about why to use.

    Am I better protected using a keyfile or simply a 25+ character/symbol password?

    Is a combination of both recommended (and possible)?

    Is there a better method than above to protect a TrueCrypt file.

    Thx in advance...
     
  2. Palancar

    Palancar Registered Member

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    Both methods are secure but the mathematics would lean towards a solid password over a keyfile. I notice this is your first post here. Welcome.

    Let me give you years of experience in one comment: Don't cut corners and get lazy: create and save a volume header backup on EVERY volume where the contents are important. They will save your ~ Snipped as per TOS ~ one day, they always do.
     
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  3. pencarrow

    pencarrow Registered Member

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    Appreciate the input! Don't understand the mechanics of creating/saving a volume header backup, but will look that up in the TrueCrypt user manual and heed your advice (since I do like having my *possibly offensive phrase removed* kept intact)!!

    And thx for the welcome. I stumbled onto this site via a search about the TrueCrypt shutdown and appreciated the quality of the forum member comments and responses. I hope to use the forum often.
     
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  4. testsoso

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    why mathematics would lean towards password over a keyfile? what about multi keyfiles?
     
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