FreeOTFE


Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 6 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.21
File Size:
2.83MB
Date Added:
February 08, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
9,387
Downloads Last Week:
47
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Though it took us several visits to the publisher's Web site to figure out how to navigate this program, in the end, it successfully encrypted our files. We just weren't sure that most users would be willing to put forth that much effort trying to get FreeOTFE to work.

At first glance, FreeOTFE's tiny, sparse window looks simple enough, but we were stumped when it came to getting started. The drop-down menu commands were vague and didn't give us any kind of signal about where to go next. Lucky for us, a wizard walked us through the volume creation process. But beyond that, we were lost and had to consult the publisher's Web site throughout our whole testing process, which is never a good sign. After creating the volume, which offered us password protection and a long list of file encryption methods, we had to mount, and eventually format, the volume to create the virtual drive. Once the virtual drive was formatted, we were able to save, and therefore encrypt, our files to the drive. We found it funny that even the publisher seemed to acknowledge that the whole process was confusing, and suggested that most people new to file encryption simply accept the default options.

If all this sounds confusing to you, rest assured it was for us, too. Novices should look for an easier way to encrypt their files. But if you like the idea of creating a virtual disk for file encryption, this program might be worth all the time and fuss.

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  • All Versions:

    4.0

    out of 6 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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    4.0

    out of 6 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 1 stars

    "I found the App difficult to use"

    June 02, 2014   |   By winguard7

    Version: FreeOTFE 5.21

    Pros

    I found the App difficult to use and at one point I got a error and the program closed.
    In the end I found another program named WinGuard Pro which was free and really straight-forward to use.

    Windows 8

    Cons

    I found the App difficult to use

    Try winguardpro.com for a better program, its free and easy to use.

    Summary

    Best look around, there are free programs like WinGuard Pro that will do the job of encryption.

    Try winguardpro.com for a better program, its free and easy to use.

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  • 5 stars

    "Perfect For you flash drive."

    November 19, 2013   |   By OU812NSA

    Version: FreeOTFE 5.21

    Pros

    Great way to secure personal info and files. easy to mount the drive once you set it up. Easy to copy the volume for back up to
    other hard drives.

    Cons

    Don't like the return key not logging in the pw, always have to back up a step. Kind of a learning curve to setup but thats the
    way you learn.

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  • 5 stars

    "Good Solution, could use a little more user-friendly"

    May 19, 2011   |   By GusterBear

    Version: FreeOTFE 5.21

    Pros

    - Fairly simple. Create, Mount, Format, Go.
    - Multitude of encryption options

    Cons

    - May be a little confusing for absolute novices, those with some PC experience should be able to get a virtual drive up and running fast
    - Needs better explanation of encryption options

    Summary

    This is a great program if you're not that person at work who calls the help desk to find the start button or the mouse when it's moved off of the screen. If you know what function the "tab" button does, you should be able to figure out the basics and thus begin encrypting your stuff. It could use a little more user-friendly layout, maybe a better wizard or a training tutorial, and most importantly a better explanation or guide for choosing the right encryption.

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  • 5 stars

    "plain and simple security"

    July 09, 2010   |   By jai333menon

    Version: FreeOTFE 5.21

    Pros

    security is awsome and simple or complex as needed

    Cons

    needs extra steps required for 64 bit ops

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  • 4 stars

    "Great, especially for securing flash drives"

    March 19, 2010   |   By George5687

    Version: FreeOTFE 5.21

    Pros

    Good PDF manual, download and read it carefully, explains the steps very well and easy to follow by anyone. Install as for any other windows program, and then it has a menu item to copy the software to a new USB drive, and you're away.

    Cons

    Could probably do with a 1-2-3-4 visual step/wizard to walk the novice through 1-create volume, 2-overwrite volume, 3-format volume, 4-mount volume, but wasn't as hard as the review implied. Think my files will be safe from the reviewer at least.

    Summary

    I wanted a safe encrypted flash drive to carry a portable installation of KeyPass around with me. Who wants to pay mega dollars for a flash drive with pre-bult encryption when you can pick them up cheap and putyour own on.
    I ran freeOTFE on the drive in Portable mode, set the options to open it in Portable mode and so after inserting the drive, the software atarts up and all you have to do is click on MOUNT and put in a password.
    Close the program and there's your new drive under My Computer, use it like any other, but all data on it is encrypted for you, and decrypted when you use it.

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  • 4 stars

    "Plain and simple Security."

    March 13, 2010   |   By MrCrazy8

    Version: FreeOTFE 5.21

    Pros

    Awesome security as simple or complex as needed.

    Cons

    Extra steps required for 64 bit OS.

    Summary

    Just plain Awesome. You can even do things your way if you choose!

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