Advanced File Security Basic is an easy-to-use program that lets users encrypt files and folders using the Advanced Encryption Standard. It's not the most elegant thing we've ever seen, but it does make the encryption process simple enough for anyone to navigate.
The program's interface is a little strange, with buttons down the side representing its major functions and a menu bar across that duplicates much of the same stuff. The bulk of the interface is actually an ad for the Pro version of the software. It's not hard to figure out what to do--the buttons are fairly representative and have mouse-over tool tips--but a lot of space is wasted in the interface. The built-in Help file is adequate but a bit sparse. Actually using the program is quite simple: users select the file or files they want to encrypt, choose a password, and the program does the rest. Users can optionally e-mail the files after encryption, shut down the PC after encryption, or run the encryption as a background task. We liked that the program showed us the bits in the password key length, ensuring that we chose a password of an appropriate length. Once encrypted, files can easily be decrypted by opening them within the program and entering the password. Overall, we found the software very easy to use, and we think it's a good choice for users who need a basic encryption program.
Advanced File Security Basic is free. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend it to all users.
From Osborn Software:
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What's new in this version:
Version 4.0.5 contains minor improvements and bugfixes.
The software encrypted and decrypted my files several time and then just QUIT decrypting them. I tried to contact support but THEY WILL NOT RESPOND..password confirmation area gets "Grayed out" and you can not enter the password
UNLESS you want your files to be un usable DO NOT TRY THIS SOFTWARE!!!!
Easy user interface and fast program,very useful for encrypting usb-sticks/removable drives
Not much actually, it would be great if it would run also on Linux hosted systems
I would say it's a small, pretty handy (full explorer context menu integration) and really great encryption tool, where are not much things more to wish for. It's perfect for encrypting files on my mobile usb drive securely or to send mail attachments where I can ensure that no unauthorized person can read it. For local encryption it's anyway essential, especially for Notebooks. Also it proved very stable and reliable in the past, which is probably the most important criterion for security related tools.
1. Linux compatibility, now it's only possible to decrypt there via windows emulation software (virtualization).
2. Maybe a more cool and modern design would be nice as well but it's not that important of course
And it's even free! Excellent work, keep it going on!