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These are all the encrypting software I have tried in Windows

#1



joet12345

I think the future needs encryption but I have not done full testing yet... as more and more invasive windows becomes, one needs to counter act or move to linux and one that is not intrusive either...

But this is the list of encrypting software in Windows:

AESCrypt
Axcrypt
Boxcryptor
gpg4usb
keepassXC
veracrypt
truecrypt

there is an interesting read about the maker of truecrypt: https://www.newyorker.com/news/news...ns-of-truecrypt-isiss-favored-encryption-tool

I read all of it...it is like a none-fiction book... I think I need to read it again...

The importace of encryption is there tho...not because your have something to hide but to stop ppl from penetrating your privacy...but it works both ways, evil ppl can also use this to hide but most of the time evil ppl are not very educated to implement such things...the educated person tries to remove him/herself from the burden from evil ppl...mostly.


#2

Mervyn Haynes

Mervyn Haynes

truecrypt
TrueCrypt has been discussed many times on Security Now. It was audited, and found only minor issues. It is no longer supported, but I believe VeraCrypt was its fork, and is widely considered to be its successor.


#3

Lob

Lob

you missed cryptomator and Bitlocker. I like the former because "Cryptomator [on the other hand] encrypts each file individually. If you update one document, only these changes will get synchronized."


#4



joet12345

TrueCrypt has been discussed many times on Security Now. It was audited, and found only minor issues. It is no longer supported, but I believe VeraCrypt was its fork, and is widely considered to be its successor.

I can't find the article but it is a long one about 2-3 parts in very long and extremely detailed background of the creator of TrueCrypt and in it is says that the law enforcement have his hard drive witch it contains millions of dollars worth of bitcoin encrypted using his sofware TrueCrypt. They are keeping it for just in case in the future using quantum computers might be able to break the key....But who knows if it's true or not...my guess would be is that it is true....

So based on that alone, it shows it is unbreakable yet...I am somewhat of a software hoarder and I have the very old TrueCrypt somewhere but I never use it.


#5

Russell...

Russell...

Cryptomator is easy to use and useful for cloud storage with a dash of 'trust no one'. However, every time I do an encrypted back up to Onedrive, Microsoft goes into meltdown letting me know that something is encrypting my drive and I'm under a ransomware attack. Its easy to ignore but it would be nice for Onedrive to have a setting that you can 'authorise' a folder to be off the watchlist.

For local encryption over and above FileVault I use AEScrypt. Works as needed.


#6

rfrazier

rfrazier

I think it depends on why you're encrypting. Keep in mind that many if not all modern HDD's SSD's support built in encryption. You just go into the bios and set a HDD password. That gets sent to the drive. Then, you cannot boot the PC without the password. I was doing that for a while and abandoned the practice. If I want to backup the drive on another PC or using a disk cloner, it won't work. If my original PC fails and I have to attach the drive to another one, it won't work. I'm more concerned about getting my data back in the event of an emergency than I am data theft. I don't use the encryption programs mentioned for the same reason. Keep in mind that encryption won't protect you from malware or hackers that have gotten into your computer. Once the PC boots, the data is accessible just like normal. So, it really depends on what you're trying to protect against. I'm sure these programs and procedures are very useful in certain circumstances though. PS my online backups to JungleDisk (per @Steve from years ago) are encrypted prior to sending with a very long random password. My DropBox files are pretty much such that I don't care if they can be read, although I don't necessarily want them published to the world. Ron


#7

N

Nick

I've used Axcrypt for longer than I can remember. I'm using the older Legacy 1.7 version (128 bit encryption) as I'm not entirely happy with the later offerings. a) costs money, b) account required, cloud stuff I'm not interested in.

What I like about Axcrypt (any version) is it file and folder based which is ideal for me. e.g. sensitive/private DOC file. Easy. Encrypt is and it become myfile.doc.axx

Double mouse click and it is decrypted and open in your word/other program that handles .doc files. When finished editing the file is saved and encrypted back again. All seamless and very easy to use.