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There are both paid and free software for OSX and WIndows, this guide will focus mainly on OSX 10.6 and above and Windows 7 and abovemacOS and Windows and they are listed below.


Note: Drive encryption may require you to format your drive. 




Use FileVault to encrypt your Mac

Microsoft Windows



BitLocker for Windows

Alternative Encrypting Applications. 

If the default operating system encryption methods don't work for you or you want something a little more secure or efficient, there are a few other third-party applications out there for your convenience. Some recommendations include:

Link to GNU Privacy Guard web page (Windows, OSX, Linux) - Free

Link to TrueCrypt web page (Windows, OSX, Linux) - Free

Link to 7-Zip web page (Windows) - Free

Link to AxCrypt web site (Windows) - Free