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SafeHouse Explorer

CNET Editors' review

SafeHouse Explorer creates secure, strongly encrypted volumes that can secure huge amounts of data on your main system, portable devices, and even USB drives and other storage media yet remain hidden until accessed with a password. It's portable freeware that can run without being installed, even from a USB drive or the Internet, giving you access to your protected files anywhere, including public computers. It may also be the easiest tool of its type we've tried.

SafeHouse Explorer is a slimmed-down but fully functional version of the developer's commercial products, and it shares the same technology for creating secure volumes with 256-bit encryption in your system. Individual volumes can be up to 2TB in size, and you can create as many volumes as you like, so storage size isn't a problem. The volumes are standard Windows files, too, and SafeHouse Explorer is intended to work like Explorer, with tree views, drag-and-drop, and familiar menus. In fact, it's easy to create a new volume just by examining the layout and clicking some buttons, but we think a much better idea is just to follow the program's setup wizard, which is one of the best we've seen. It walked us through the process of creating a new volume, setting up a password, securing our data, and retrieving it with clear explanations and frequent screenshots. In the time it took to finish the wizard, we'd created a large volume of secure, hidden storage space on our PC. Like hidden system files, our volume couldn't be uncovered or opened without entering our password. The program offers some interesting options, such as Tools menu items for creating self-extracting volumes, extracting volumes from executable files, and copying files to a memory stick.

Developer PC Dynamics suggests securing your USB drive before it's lost or stolen and you become the next YouTube sensation. We agree, and we'd add personal and financial records to the list; whatever you've got in Windows, SafeHouse Explorer can secure it.

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    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
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    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Encryption"

    July 25, 2013  |   By holdenn

    Version: SafeHouse Explorer 3.01

    Pros

    Its Free, only have to pay for the Pro editions with added features
    Runs directly from an external drive or flash drive
    Allows creation of self extracting executable files. try downloading directly from safehousesoftware site for the truly "FREE" version.

    Cons

    In order to access protected volumes, you must run the program. Although, the program can be stored on the flash drive or media that also stores the encrypted volume, its just an extra 5 second step you have to take when opening encrypted files on new machines. All in all, not a bad compromise, but if I had to think of a con, that would be the only one I can think of.

    Summary

    Definitely 5 stars. I have been testing every encryption software on the market over the past several weeks. Didn't care if I had to pay or found one for free, just wanted an easy to use encryption software that can be run from flash drives without having to be installed on other's machines and wanted to be able to use it on several different media drives and flash drives. This was definitely the one I ended up with. TrueCrypt was just as great a program, but more complicated and time consuming, but equally great encryption.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Gold star - First class"

    November 21, 2012  |   By browsalot

    Version: SafeHouse Explorer 3.01

    Pros

    A very professional bit a kit I would never be without.
    Superior to all the other security products I have tried.
    It can be used with confidence and I am happy to use it on my laptop and all my usb sticks.

    Cons

    No problems for over 5 years

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Free Software!"

    September 8, 2011  |   By dgame7913

    Version: SafeHouse Explorer 3.01

    Pros

    easy to use. no hassle.

    Cons

    None so far

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  • 2.0 stars

    "30 Day Trial Only, and, but..."

    September 6, 2011  |   By mikefrontofficesearch

    Version: SafeHouse Explorer 3.01

    Pros

    Very easy to use

    Cons

    1- 30 days you can't edit anything unless you pay. 2- Volumes given next available letter in the Drive sequence, conflicts with unplugged backup which has that letter allotted. 3- Volumes won't delete unless uninstalled. 4- Didn't uninstall fully

    Summary

    Finally uninstalled after searching :C. Not going back.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works fine - might be misunderstood by new users."

    June 12, 2011  |   By sVen_too

    Version: SafeHouse Explorer 3.01

    Pros

    Does exactly what it says it does, and nothing more.

    Cons

    A note could be added to explain to new users that they need to include the file extension if they rename a file.

    Summary

    Many programs automatically keep the file extension when re-naming a file. With this tool, just remember to include the file extension in the new name. thisfile.jpg would become thatfile.jpg. ... anotherfile.xls would become yetanotherfile.xls. Remember to include the SAME file extension, as this tool doesn't change the file type.
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    This will keep files from your friends and enemies, but not from a real hacker. 256 bit encryption alone is crackable. If you're using this to conceal illegal activity, keep using it comrade.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "renaming a folder or file deletes it.."

    May 12, 2011  |   By wiltmy

    Version: SafeHouse Explorer 3.01

    Pros

    renaming a folder or file deletes it

    Cons

    renaming a folder or file deletes it

    Summary

    renaming a folder or file deletes it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "more than best of bests"

    April 8, 2011  |   By findwaqas

    Version: SafeHouse Explorer 3.01

    Pros

    many people download it but it is not for *****.learn before usinng it.find help on youtube".waqas folder lock"
    not for fools

    Cons

    100 % free and working

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  • 5.0 stars

    "No Way To Screw This Up"

    January 24, 2011  |   By indianacarnie

    Version: SafeHouse Explorer 3.01

    Pros

    One of the best free programs I've ever gotten. Does what it is says and does it well.

    Cons

    Nothing it works like a charm.

    Summary

    With all due respect to the above poster/reviewer I just for the life of me cannot figure out how he could mess this product up. Its probably one of the simplest programs of its type around. It walks you through every step needed. I've renamed files countless times inside the "container" without fuss of any kind. If you want/need a excellent , safe way to privately store your files .... this is it! As a bonus.... its FREE! Highly recommended.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Outstanding Job! This is the Gold Standard of Freeware."

    November 2, 2010  |  

    Version: SafeHouse Explorer 3.01

    Pros

    Works as stated, no hidden restrictions, use counters, it is actually free and as professional as any software I have used. It is fast, easy to install, easy to use, and that you can use it without installing it makes it very handy.

    Cons

    None that I have found.

    Summary

    The interface is clean and easy to just fire up and use, but they also supply no shortage of quick start tips,had it running in minutes. I have created encryped files over the LAN, WAN, to a USB Flash drive, USB disk, and my internal drives.

    You don't have to install anything to use it, everything you need to encrypt or access an encrypted file set is in one exe, you can install performance software and it runs faster, but it is not required making it idea for use on others computers, or to pass to someone with a password and it is all they need to use. That it is very simple to use makes this even more usable.So nice to see a vendor really live up to real freeware without a nag screen, crippleware, or just junk. This is as good as it gets.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Renaming a Folder Deleted the Folder"

    October 17, 2010  |   By benistheman

    Version: SafeHouse Explorer 3.01

    Pros

    It does provide a quick and easy way to create encrypted archives. But read on...

    Cons

    Says the interface is just like Windows, HOWEVER: Tried to rename a folder and it deleted the folder. Clicked the folder name once to make it editable, pressed the Delete key, and instead of deleting the name it deleted the folder! Horrible!

    Summary

    Getting something this basic WRONG is just ridiculous. Those files are gone because their interface FAILED to reproduce basic functionality. Be very careful if you do use this product.

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