Are you considering deploying an encryption solution? It can be a difficult decision – which vendor do you choose? Who will provide the most reliable, effective encryption? Some people say, “Why go with a proprietary solution at all? Open source encryption software is free, and it works just as well.” Are these people right? Read on to learn about the differences between SecureDoc, WinMagic’s flagship product, and TrueCrypt, an open source encryption program.


SecureDoc has been winning awards since 2002. Its most recent accolade was the 2014 SearchSecurity Readers’ Choice Awards in the Best of Encryption field.

When you choose SecureDoc, you’re selecting encryption software that has received validation from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. That means that SecureDoc’s encryption is safe enough for the government to use  in order to keep information confidential and protected.

Furthermore, you receive more than just software. You have the peace of mind that WinMagic’s support team will be there when you need it to ensure that implementation goes smoothly.


TrueCrypt is an open source encryption software first developed in 2004. Because it’s open source, it’s free to download and use.

This software was based on another encryption software called Encryption for the Masses (also known as E4M). E4M is no longer being maintained. The company that developed E4M accused one of TrueCrypt’s developers of having stolen the source code to create TrueCrypt.

At the end of May 2014, TrueCrypt announced that it would no longer be developing the open source software. A message on its website warned that TrueCrypt contained unfixed security issues.

If you’re using a platform that supports TrueCrypt, you can continue using it even though it’s no longer under development. One of the platforms that supported TrueCrypt was Windows XP, which Microsoft no longer supports.

The Verdict

When you’re deciding between encryption solutions, it’s important to remember that they’re not all the same. Also, just because something is free doesn’t mean that it will save you money in the long run.

Yes, TrueCrypt is free because it’s open source. But when you choose TrueCrypt, you’re not getting the highest quality encryption available. You’re also taking a risk using it on outdated platforms that vendors no longer support. And if something goes wrong, there’s no one to turn to.

SecureDoc’s reputation precedes it. Furthermore, WinMagic offers a wide range of SecureDoc products from which to choose. WinMagic has the solution to meet your encryption needs, whatever they are.

WinMagic: Your Trusted Source for Data Protection

Are you considering purchasing a mobile device management solution? Contact WinMagic today at 1-888-879-5879. We’ve been protecting data since 1997 with government-grade encryption technology. WinMagic’s SecureDoc Mobile Device Management solution has a number of important security features, including an automatic update for patches.


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