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Brown Christopher 11-16-2008 08:47 PM

Help with encryption software
 
Hi,

I need some encryption software to do file, folder and hard
drive encryption, with tools like TrueCrypt I can create only
encrypted drives, but I want to encrypt single files and folders
too, I have found some cool software at:

http://www.download.com/Alligator-Da...-10857242.html

But it's for 20$! Is there any freeware or open source replacement?

thanks a lot,
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Brown Christopher BrownChristopher241@postmaster.co.uk


Allan 11-19-2008 07:48 PM

Re: Help with encryption software
 

"Brown Christopher" <BrownChristopher241@postmaster.co.uk> wrote in message
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Quote:

> Hi,
>
> I need some encryption software to do file, folder and hard
> drive encryption, with tools like TrueCrypt I can create only
> encrypted drives, but I want to encrypt single files and folders
> too, I have found some cool software at:
>
> http://www.download.com/Alligator-Da...-10857242.html
>
> But it's for 20$! Is there any freeware or open source replacement?
I use AxCrypt beta but you have to save the strong encryption keys on a
floppy disk or a USB flash drive.
When you encrypt a folder it encrypts all the contents of the folder and
then it lets you rename it to a randomly generated name to conceal the
metadata.
http://www.axantum.com/AxCrypt/Default.aspx

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Allan


groffg 11-19-2008 08:31 PM

Re: Help with encryption software
 

What version of Vista are you using? The Business and Ultimate editions
include a feature called EFS (encrypting file system), a feature that
debuted in Windows 2000 Professional. That feature allows for
transparent, on-the-fly encryption/decryption of files/directories.
(Caveat: make sure you take extra care to test your backups on a machine
other than the one being backed up when using EFS.)

A better option in my opinion is to use FDE, or full disk encryption
(or alternately "whole disk encryption"). The idea of FDE/WDE is to
encrypt everything on the drive (generally excluding the MBR, drive
meta-data, and other non-data areas on the disk). Vista Ultimate
includes such a feature, called BitLocker, out of the box. TrueCrypt
also provides such functionality (and it's free, open-source, and
well-regarded). PGP WDE provides this capability as well. The advantage
of using FDE/WDE is that the higher "coverage" removes the possibility
of data leakage from temp files, paging files, etc.


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