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  • 5.0 stars

    "Encryption for the rest of us"

    September 24, 2012  |   By DrFix

    Pros

    Encryption for my drives. Detailed, or too detailed, instructions. Cost.

    Cons

    Just as the documentation is a plus it's also a minus. It took some time to realize that not everything pertained to me. Once you narrow it down to the dozen or so pages, with pictures, it isn't so bad. Interface could be less cluttered but that's a very minor nit to pick.

    Summary

    I used it to create an encrypted folder with portable windows apps that run everything from there and not the local machine using TrueCrypts portable mode. This secure folder/file is then copied over for safe keeping to multiple locations and still fits in less than 4gb of space for programs and data! Now if my machine blows up or gets stolen then I haven't really lost a thing. Talk about peace of mind. At one time I wanted to simply run virtual machines but that meant running a full OS, and the program to run them wants to be installed to the local machine, requiring admin rights, and that took up far more space than necessary. Should the worse thing happen, and my existing laptop dies, I could still take my flash drive, plug it into a new or borrowed system, and be off to the races with literally little to no downtime. Sweet! I have to admit it took me time to play around with the program until I felt comfortable doing what I am doing. Still, the creators are to be thanked for making this available.

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