what do you use to encrypt your files,outside containers

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  1. mantra

    mantra Registered Member

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    hi

    i would like to know which program do you use to encrypt your files

    outside program creates containers like truecypt


    thanks
     
  2. optigrab

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    I have used Axcrypt in the past. It's a fine, open-source program. However, I have discontinued using it in favor of TrueCrypt.

    With file-by-file encryption, I find it too easy to lose track of old, encrypted files and their passwords. The file container scheme reduces that risk.
     
  3. mantra

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    thanks
    but truecypt work only with containers

    is too hard to add a feature encrypt files without containers

    i need a program to send email+documents , usb and work inside a network
     
  4. Pleonasm

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    One of the advantages of encryption with a key (using a tool such as PGP Desktop) is that the passphrase for the key (e.g., RSA 2048-bit) can be changed at any time, and that single change will apply to all files (or containers) encrypted with that same key. Thus, the problem of tracking "old, encrypted files and their passwords" is mitigated.
     
  5. Pleonasm

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    Your requirements are not precisely clear to me, but you may wish to take a look at PGP Desktop as a potential solution.
     
  6. majoMo

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    I use Blowfish Advanced CS.

    Also for portable I use dsCrypt mainly.

    To autoexecutable encrypted file I use A-Crypt.
     
  7. mantra

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    thanks
    how can you find old encryped files?
     
  8. mantra

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    Blowfish Advanced CS it's nice
    but outdate
    the scanner doesn't work great
    it doesn't scan for all my hard disk for encryped files, does it?
    thanks
     
  9. mantra

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    i need to encrypt individual file
    not containers , at work , i can 't create containers
    i have to send via email , inside the network , or via usb ->documents
     
  10. S.B.

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    I use 7-Zip or WinRar to encrypt files I want to transfer securely. Both use AES-256bit encryption; are easy to use and are fast. Also, both are widely available. Thus the recipient rarely has to install new software in order to decrypt the file. 7-Zip is an open-source, free utility available on SourceForge. Here's a link illustrating the simplicity of encrypting files or folders with 7-Zip. http://www.medicalnerds.com/how-to-encrypt-zip-files-securely-using-7zip/

    P.S. I typically use a strong to very strong password -- generated using any of various freeware password generating software.

    Regards.
     
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  11. Sadeghi85

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    WinRAR uses AES-128 encryption but it's more resistant to brute force attacks as it puts some delay between attempts while 7-Zip doesn't.
     
  12. S.B.

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    -> Sadeghi85

    Thanks for the correction and for the added information comparing WinRar and 7-Zip encryption processes.
     
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    I use those too.
     
  15. chronomatic

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    GnuPG is the best way to go. It is essentially a free and open-source version of PGP.
     
  16. TheMozart

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    I use TC to encrypt a partition using travelers mode and then running portableapps from that container.

    Outside of this, I use Winrar to encrypt files. Nobody on planet Earth can crack my Winrar encrypted files.
     
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  17. TheMozart

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    I will encrypt a file using Winrar, and then send it to you so you can try to crack it using brute force, ok? Then tell me what the file is inside. Up for the challenge?
     
  18. Sadeghi85

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    I'll most likely fail, so no.*


    * Are you sure you read my post correctly?
     
  19. TheMozart

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    Thank you for your honesty :)

    I would like to see anyone, even someone with access to 10,000 tandem PC's try to break my 64 length password Winrar encrypted file :)
     
  20. ex_ployt_ed

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    Any opinions on or experience with Encrypt On Click ? (From the makers of SyncBack)

    Also, would anyone happen to know whether there is any way in Linux to decrypt files that were encrypted with EOC?

    Give us an idea of what's in the file, and we'll see if it's worth it...
    ;o)
     
  21. Chuck57

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    Axcrypt here. I've messed with PGP, GPG and Truecrypt but always end up back with Axcrypt and a 16 or 18 digit password.
     
  22. HAN

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    I have used EOC a bit. It's always worked well for me. That said, my favorite non-container encryption is AxCrypt. It's just so much easier to use than other programs where you have to fire up the GUI and so forth.

    When EncryptOnClick was released, 2BrightSparks said it was compatible with the encryption built into WinZip 9. (WinZip is now up to version 14 so I have no idea if that is still the case.) I will say that I just tried a simple text file test. I encrypted the file with EOC. I then used 7-Zip to open the file and it worked fine. (It should be pointed out that any file names in an EOC archive are fully visible without decrypting.)

    FWIW... I heartily concur that 7-Zip offers a very good method of encryption if you use a 7z archive, the AES-256 algorithm and check the box tagged "Encrypt file names". Files (including file names) inside are fully hidden.
     
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  23. mantra

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    can EncryptOnClick find/seek encryped files in my hard disk using the header of the files

    this should be cool https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1635720&postcount=23 and https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showpost.php?p=1636123&postcount=26
     
  24. HAN

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    No, EncryptOnClick only encrypts or decrypts files/folders. No other capabilities are available.
     
  25. dantz

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    You've brought up this issue more than a few times. Are you having trouble locating some encrypted files on your hard drive? I have already replied in a previous thread that you can use a hex editor's search feature for this. If the encrypted file uses an identifiable header then you merely paste an appropriate string (or hex values) into the search box and let it search the drive. However, if the file uses a randomly generated header (e.g. a TrueCrypt container) then this approach can't be used.
     
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