Download and Set up VeraCrypt - Macintosh

The Office of Information Technology recommends using FileVault for Macintosh encryption needs.  

Do not delete the VeraCrypt container or lose your password. If you do, the files you've placed in the container can never be opened again.

  1. You will also need to install OSXFUSE (it is linked on the VeraCrypt download page). Be sure to check the MACFuse compatibility mode button when installing. 
  2. Download and then install VeraCrypt.
  3. Open VeraCrypt by double-clicking the blue VeraCrypt icon in your Applications folder.
  4. Click Create Volume.
  5. Choose Create an encrypted file container and click Next.
  6. Choose Standard VeraCrypt volume and click Next.
  7. Choose a location and enter a name for the VeraCrypt container. Do not choose an existing file or folder as your VeraCrypt container. Doing so will overwrite the information and it will be lost. 
  8. Click Save after you have entered a name.
  9. Click Next in the Volume Creation Wizard window.
  10. Choose an Encryption Algorithm and a Hash Algorithm for the volume. It is recommended to accept the default settings and click Next.
  11. Specify a size for the container and click Next
  12. Enter a Volume Password. It is important that you create a password that cannot be guessed by others. It is very important that you keep this password in a safe place. If you cannot remember it, and lose your password, no one can recover it for you and all data stored in the VeraCrypt container will be lost forever.
  13. Click Next after you have entered your password.
  14. Select FAT as your Filesystem type and click Next.
  15. Now move your mouse randomly within the Volume Creation Wizard window for at least 30 seconds. This increases the strength of the encryption keys, which increases security. Click Format after you have done so.
  16. You have just created a VeraCrypt container. Click Exit.