An Introduction To Freeware Encryption Tools

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by luv2bsecure, Sep 29, 2002.

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  1. FTPete

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    I've been using Cryptainer LE for a few days and it seems good and it is very easy to use. I don't have much experience in this field, maybe some of you guys would like to give it a run. It's free plus there is also a free utility to create encrypted attachments for e-mails.

    www.cypherix.com

    I've just found this forum this morning and I really enjoy the reading here. I'll keep around for sure.

    Have a great day :)

    Pete
     
  2. luv2bsecure

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    It has been a long time since I originally wrote Introduction To Freeware Encryption Tools. There have been many changes regarding several of the programs so that I could no longer recommend them. I have been away from Wilders due to things out of my control - however - I promise an update on all of this very, very soon. There's some good news on this front, such as the open-source development of Axcrypt and TrueCrypt. Update soon!
     
  3. loserjames

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  4. Sid Post

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    With encryption, it is important to use to current information and current technology. Freeware encryption that was good in the past may still be good for a casual snooper but, relying on it for true security of anything you really care about is risky.

    TrueCrypt seems to be a good "current" program based on what I have read over at comp.security.pgp.discuss

    While your over at the newsgroup, look for the "Security and Encryption FAQ" for a good wide spread discussion of what's out there. It may not be useful to the experienced but, to a novice it is certainly worth the read.

    Some coverage of widely available commercial programs would be appreciated by people as well. Personally, I have been using PGP 8.0.3 for my email needs and PGP and TrueCrypt for encrypted volumes of data.

    I have been asking around about the http://www.securstar.com/ products but, all I got was advertising. The DriveCrypt plus Pack looks intriguing since it encrypts everything including the Operating System files.

    From the DriveCrypt plus Pack info page:
    - Full Disk Encryption (Encrypts parts or 100% of your HardDisk including the operating System)
    - Pre-Boot authentication (BEFORE the machines boots, a password is requested to decrypt the disk and start your machine)
    - Allows secure hiding of an entire operating system inside the free space of another operating system.
    - Strong 256bit AES encryption
    - USB-Token authentication at pre-boot level
     
  5. notageek

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    Hi luv2bsecure. It's good to see you again. I look forward in seeing what you have to say about this. :) You're really insightful in encryption.
     
  6. irky

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    Dekart Private DIsk Light - a freeware disk encryption tool, and seems the guys from Dekart are not going to make it commercial.
    Uses 128-bit AES, quite a nice and Extremely easy to use. (their AES has been validated by authorities). They don't offer new features for now for it - but are still updating it - majorily bug fixes.

    http://www.dekart.com/products/file_disk_encryption/private_disk_light/
     
  7. squash

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    I use AxCrypt:
    http://axcrypt.sourceforge.net/

    Extremely easy to use on-the-fly Encryption software
    SHA 128 Bit Encryption
    _Free to use_ and Open Source

    Right click on file > Encypt > type passphrase (Password)
    Double click on Encypted file, and it will ask for your password.
     
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  9. notageek

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    It looks like ICE Encrypt is an encryption program. I never heard of it so I know nothing about it. It don't look that good to me.
     
  10. patermann

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    I am surprised that no-one has mentioned Gnu Privacy Guard (a.k.a. GPG, GnuPG). Admittedly, as it is a command line tool, it is harder to use than programs with a fancy GUI but there are GUI front-ends for it that ease the pain somewhat. It is used by many organisations, including some governments, and is also the engine behind the EnigMail extension for Thunderbird. It can be found at http://www.gnupg.org/ and is open-source if you like reading pages of C code...

    patermann
     
  11. TairikuOkami

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    Blowfish Advanced CS / Parasite: Blowfish Advanced 97 - Pest Patrol
    It took me a few minutes to find out, that it is easy to use. I will just encrypt a file and associate file types. When I open an encrypted file, it will ask for the password. As soon as I type it, the file will open and when I close the file, the program is asking, if I finish working with the file, so it can encrypt the file. No need to type the password again. Done. :)
     
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  12. Devinco

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    While it is still beta, I think Sarah Dean has given encryption an excellent contribution with FreeOTFE (on the fly encryption) It is similar to TrueCrypt and rubber hose.
    Also check out her useful Secure Tray Utility that works with TrueCrypt, PGP and more. :cool:
     
  13. leila123

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    Hmm but I have found such hardware devices at www.elkom.com.tw . It looks like hardware hard disk encryption . We can't test the hardware before we buy but what do you think ? Is it worth of buying ?

    Tom.
     
  14. notregd

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    Will encryption stop isp from seeing surfing habits and email. i do not surf illegal just want privacy
     
  15. notageek

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    Um in one word, NO. Your ISP is always going to know where you surf. Now as for email, I'm not sure.
     
  16. ke jian

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    Allow me to add yet another entry to the field. Check out
    www.genekernis.com/crypto/vig_d.php. It's a simplistic text encryptor with a built in emailer and is completely free.
     
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  18. john2005

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    Hi Everyone,

    I really like the open source free encryption program Axcrypt...

    http://axcrypt.sourceforge.net/

    I found this to be fast, very easy to use, and it seems very good.

    John
     
  19. securityx

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    I second the vote for AxCrypt. It is an excellent tool for single-file encryption.

    The post asking about encrypted connections on the Internet really belongs in a privacy forum. This thread is about a completely different kind of encryption. But, the answer that said your ISP will always know where you are surfing is not true. If you protect your surfing habits with TOR, JAP or an encrypted VPN, your ISP only sees that you connected via VPN/SSH to a TOR node or to a VPN. Where you go from there is completely shielded from your ISP.
     
  20. john2005

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    Hi SecurityX,

    Just a note, when I want to encrypt more than one file at a time with Axcrypt, I just zip them with winzip or similar program, and then encrypt the archive. Seems to work well, and makes it easy to very quickly encrypt as many files as you want into a single archive, with axcrypt.

    John
     
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    Wow!!! This is a great topic...very interesting and has lots of infos bout encryption. ;)

    Thanks a lot for having this thread. :D

    As of now I just use Cryptainer LE for encryption some files to be hidden on my drives, but as I am reading this thread my knowledge on encryptions programs expands wildly like never before. :cool:
     
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  23. herbalist

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    Very interesting thread. I can't help but notice that Scramdisk hasn't been mentioned at all. I realize it's an old program, but what's the consensus on it as far as encryption strength, exploits, back doors, etc? I'm still using it on my 98 box and especially like the "traveler mode", and the size of the 4 passphrases it accepts.
    Rick
     
  24. securityx

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    The original post was very good when it was written, but so many things have changed. I have read many good posts by luv2bsecure in the archives via Google. Does any one here know anything about this poster and what happened? Somebody told me by email that he worked in a university program that actually was known for being a front for some rather top-secret work. I am curious if he was involved in that and if he was maybe forced to stop posting here. He hasn't posted in years by my cursory search. Anybody know the scoop?

    ----securityx----
     
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