The development of VeraCrypt remained quiet for a long time. The developer Mounir Idrassi has now updated the drive encryption software to version 1.25 after a year. He had to cut old braids, but also added support for new systems.
In addition to hard drive containers, VeraCrypt can also encrypt entire operating system partitions. Since version 1.18a from 2016, this has also been possible with UEFI support. It can also create encrypted containers on USB sticks, for example. Due to the wide availability for various operating systems, this enables secure data exchange across operating system boundaries.
The open source alternative to Microsoft’s proprietary Bitlocker hard disk encryption now runs natively on Apple’s M1 Macs as well as on Windows on ARM64. With the latter, however, the system encryption does not yet work.
Due to new driver signing requirements, support for Windows Vista up to and including Windows 8.1 has had to give way. The new version no longer runs on Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion). There is also a security-relevant adaptation for Windows – Idrassi has replaced string processing commands that are considered unsafe with more secure ones.
More smaller ones Changes list the release notes of VeraCrypt. on the download page still contains old installation packages ready, but they should be updated gradually. The current source code is available so that users can compile their own packages if necessary.
Unlike Microsoft’s Bitlocker, VeraCrypt also runs on Windows Home. In addition, it enables secure data exchange across operating systems, for example with encrypted containers on USB sticks. The Tips + Tricks article “VeraCrypt: Everything encrypted” provides simple instructions.