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CipherShed is a free, open-source encryption software designed to protect data from unauthorized access. CipherShed uses cryptographic techniques to transform information into an unreadable format, which can only be deciphered using the proper keys or passwords. This makes it useful for safeguarding sensitive files and documents. The platform supports various data encryption algorithms, including AES (Advanced Encryption Standard), with different key lengths for added security. Initially based on TrueCrypt's code base, CipherShed aims to provide users with a trustworthy option for disk encryption following the discontinuation of official TrueCrypt support in 2014 due to security concerns.