Not a program for the faint of heart

Prepare to spend time learning this tool, which holds 10 tabs of boxes, buttons, text fields, and a Help file filled with enough jargon to cause your eyes to turn glassy.

There are programs designed specifically for novices and those geared toward experienced users. Then there are programs designed to make experienced users feel like novices. Welcome to Crypto Composer; 10 tabs of boxes, buttons, text fields, and a Help file filled with enough jargon to cause your eyes to turn glassy.

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This freeware application is for the uber-privacy advocate on a budget. Experienced users looking for a challenge should jump right into this collection of privacy tools. The less masochistic might look to the Help manual. However, the FAQ-based manual might lead to greater confusion. This isn't a basic encryption tool. Of course, it encrypts text, but it also uses public/private keys, multiple user accounts, peer authorization, and numerous other tools of the privacy trade. The app can operate as a token-protected server for encrypted items, a secure file encryptor/decryptor, or as a host for digitally signed applications.

To make it easier to operate the program, Crypto Composer does offer different run modes according to the level of control needed. Still, don't expect to install it and have it running smoothly in a few minutes. This app is for the systems administrator looking to lock down communication leaks or the program publisher looking to guarantee virus free downloads. Both should expect to spend some time learning the ropes. Crypto Composer is freeware, but the cost to the user will be in time spent learning to operate it.

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