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Advanced File Security

By Osborn Software Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Oct 26, 2009

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.0.5

Version 4.0.5 contains minor improvements and bugfixes.


Release December 20, 2012
Date Added December 21, 2012
Version 4.0.5

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Me, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

The new AFS 4. Experience encryption to be easier than ever: Just 1-Click is necessary and all your files will get encrypted directly and safely and will be protected against any unauthorized access. Straightforward and fast. Are you fed up with always forgetting your 12-place password or to re-enter it always again? With USB-Key you can use your USB drive as a key to your password. No forgetting or mistyping anymore. Even the best encryption is useless if you do not delete your encrypted files securely. AFS takes care of all your sensitive data to make sure it won't be recoverable anymore. In addition you can remove all your traces in the internet safely or delete your recycle-bin, temp-folder or pagefile irrevocably with AFS Secure Delete. Therefore AFS is using the perfectly safe and proof delete algorithms like e.g: VSITR, US-DoD, Schneier and Gutmann.
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