TrueCrypt or false? Would-be open source project must clean up its act

These days you can’t be too careful about protecting your privacy. No wonder people are turning to such solutions as TrueCrypt, which describes itself as “free open source on-the-fly encryption.” It’s a cross-platform program that can encrypt your hard disk. In an age where our own governments are hacking into service providers to steal information about us, it’s the sort of software we all need.

But all is not well with TrueCrypt. The sustained anonymity of the developers behind it, coupled with its release practices and licensing, have finally pushed open source developers to the edge. While it’s not unreasonable for the developers to protect their identities, transparent development practices are needed for counterbalance.