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These days, security seems hard to come by. With spyware, hackers, and others all trying to look over your shoulder, sometimes you need a little peace of mind. Personal encryption software is a good step toward protecting your data, and Best Folder Encryption just might fit the bill.
The interface is simplistic and not terribly attractive, but it does have a set of skins to choose from. The fact that you cannot resize the main window is needlessly annoying, though. There are several functions common to this type of app, and they seem to work well. And we like the Explorer context menu integration, although the Decrypt option was present even on folders that weren't encrypted. The Security and Optimization settings were also interesting, offering the opportunity to prohibit certain system functions (like Task Manager) from running, as well as offering the chance to set some built-in, but typically hidden, system settings. Portable-mode encryption created standalone self-decrypting files that worked well.
The program was stable and responsive with our test data set. Some features were limited in this trial, and after 30 encryptions the encrypt feature supposedly stops working (but decrypt still should). Install required a restart, and uninstall left the install directory behind. Despite not knowing exactly what encryption algorithms it uses, if you're looking for something to protect your data, this program should do just fine.
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DoGoodSoft Best Folder Encryptor is a professional and mature file and folder encryption package. It encrypts files and folder with super fast, strong and faultless algorithms.
You can choose from five encryption methods when encrypting a folder. Flash Encryption instantly encrypts a folder on a local or removable drive without size limit. The result is delete-proof, copy-proof and move-proof and remains valid even in MS-DOS mode and safe mode. Hiding Encryption instantly encrypts a folder as fast but also hides it at the same time. Full Encryption encrypts all files in a folder in a time with internationally mature algorithm. Each encrypted file in this folder can be opened or decrypted separately later. Diamond Encryption packs and encrypts a folder into an encrypted file with very strong encryption algorithm. Portable Encryption packs and encrypts a folder into an executable (.exe file), which can be taken anywhere and decrypted by itself independently.
Diamond Encryption and Portable Encrypted are supported when encrypting a standalone file.
The product has a central management window and also supports direct encryption/decryption within the Windows Explorer via context menu commands. As a user-friendly and mature product, it has easy to use and understand interfaces, detailed help/instructions, built-in search and various trouble recovery mechanisms (some advanced features are open only to full version users).
It also supports many very interesting auxiliary features. It can protect drives on your computer in three levels. With Advanced Protection, for example, the drive is completed hidden and cannot be found in any environment except with Best Folder Encryptor.
Other enhancements include data shredding (file/folder shredding and deletion), data lock, folder disguise, system garbage cleanup, system security and optimization settings, disabling USB devices, read-only use of USB drives and removable drives.
Your kidding me right? $45 bucks for a program that can encrypt folders???? Windows does it for free???? Hello! Right click on folder, click properties, select advanced, click on "Encrypt contents to secure data". There you have it, I just saved you $45 bucks.
It's $25 now. It's also excellent. Sure there are freebies like Axcrypt. I used Axcrypt to encrypt a folder with 589 files. It encrypts each one separately. Not being a fool, I had first drag and dropped them, "pre-encryption" to an external hard drive. Good thing Axcrypt decrypted 561 and refused to decrypt the other 28. I segregated those out and tried again - nada. I tried this on a 30 day basis and said to myself, "Perfection is worth $25".