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Introduction to <span class="application">VeraCrypt</span>
<span class="application">[VeraCrypt](https://www.veracrypt.fr/)</span> is a
disk encryption tool that works on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
Comparison between <span class="application">LUKS</span> and <span class="application">VeraCrypt</span>
You can also create and open <span class="application">LUKS</span>
encrypted volumes in Tails. <span class="application">LUKS</span> is the
standard for disk encryption in Linux. [[See our documentation about
<span class="application">LUKS</span>.|encrypted_volumes]]
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To create new <span class="application">VeraCrypt</span> volumes, do so
outside of Tails. See the step-by-step guides by Security-in-a-Box on
[VeraCrypt for Windows](https://securityinabox.org/en/tools/veracrypt/).
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Difference between file containers and partitions
With <span class="application">VeraCrypt</span> you can store your files
encrypted in two different kinds of *volumes*:
<h3>File containers</h3>
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<p>A file container is a single big file inside which you can store
several files encrypted, a bit like a ZIP file.</p>
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<h3>Partitions or drives</h3>
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<p>Usually, drives (USB sticks and hard disks) have a single partition of their
entire size. This way, you can encrypt a whole USB stick, for example.
But, drives can also be split into several partitions.
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Unlocking parameters
To unlock a <span class="application">VeraCrypt</span> volume, you might need
the following parameters, depending on the options that were selected when the
volume was created:
- **Passphrase**