I have an encrypted file container inside my NTFS pendrive. The root folder Write permission is blocked for everyone. A folder inside it has all permissions unblocked. The dummy file of TrueCrypt is inside the "full access" folder. It has a 64 characters password, containing… you know… everything and I made a backup to create another file container.
Now, what would be regarded to the potentially "best" (in terms of security) algorithm and hash? Any algorithm and/or hash that I should definitely be avoiding? Or is the choice of algorithm and hash more a matter of personal opinion/preference because there aren’t any real differences between the available choices from a security point of view?
In the end, I used the algorithm
AES(Twofish(Serpent)) with as hash
Whirpool. To me, SHA-512 is a 2nd place loser. I didn’t choose RIPEMD160 as it’s a DOS-days cipher and – if I’m not mistaken – someone might have found a way to break it? I just didn’t want to take a risk.