Add Password-Protected Vault To Your USB Drive With Granite Portable

USB drives have become indispensable to us for storing all kinds of data and carrying it along wherever we go. Most people use USB drives to store media files or information that isn't sensitive in nature, but if the data you want to store is confidential, such as your financial documents or other personal info, you wouldn't want this info to be exposed to anyone in case your USB drive gets lost or stolen. Fortunately, there are a variety of tools available for creating an encrypted volume on a USB thumb drive, and one such Windows-based app I recently came across and really liked is Granite Portable. The app provides 2-layer protection for your data by letting you store items in an encrypted vault. Details after the jump. Read More

Tresorit Is A Cloud Storage & Syncing Service With Focus On Security

One of the major concerns that many people have about cloud storage is how secure their data will be when saved to the cloud. Privacy-conscious people tend to hesitate in entrusting their confidential information to a company without the guarantee that no one else will be able to access it. There are countless cloud storage services out there such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Bitcasa that offer plenty of storage space to you for free, but they aren't exactly known for having strong data security and encryption, which has lead to the rise of third-party apps like BoxCryptor for adding that security layer. If security is what you look for in a cloud storage service, Tresorit is can be a good choice. It’s a simple cloud storage and file sharing & syncing app for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS that aims to provide the most secure cloud environment for your data, and comes packaged with an elegant interface. Read More

ChatCrypt Is A Secure Online Chat Service With Military-Grade Encryption

Have you ever wondered how safe your online conversations are from eavesdropping? Admittedly, no one likes their online communication to be monitored by some secret surveillance program like PRISM, unless they are blissfully indifferent to their own privacy. What we've been doing the day, what we are planning on doing, where we're headed next, and even some sensitive financial information is all part of what we regularly communicate with one another on the internet, all without knowing that someone maybe spying on us without our knowledge. ChatCrypt is an online chat service that may change a few rules around. The web app allows you to create encrypted chatrooms secured with military-grade AES 256-bit CTR encryption, and allows participants to join them via a secret password. Read on for more details. Read More

VPNium Offers Registration-Free Private Browsing Over Encrypted VPN

You don’t have to be a secret agent or a mafia member to care about anonymity; even the average Joe has many good reasons to care about their privacy and remain anonymous on the internet. With the recent unveiling of NSA’s data mining projects like PRISM, it’s quite clear that the government won’t leave a single chance of harvesting your private information without you even knowing. That’s why it’s better to be safe than sorry. VPNium is a desktop application for Windows that lets you browse the internet anonymously by acting as a VPN between your computer and the internet. This way, you can surf the web while hiding your real IP address. The application boasts plenty of features like 256 – 2048 bit encryption, zero registration for free variant, and full access to blocked or partially unavailable online services in your vicinity. Read More

Hide, Passcode-Protect & Backup Photos & Videos On Android With Sectos

Photos on your phone are usually only kept secure by any lock that you've placed on the screen itself. Once the screen is unlocked, your photos can be accessed easily from the default Gallery app. Sectos aims to offers security for the photos you take on your Android device (update: now available on iOS as well). Apart from letting you set a passcode for viewing the photos, the app also hides them from the Gallery and renders them inaccessible from any file manager you might have installed. Pictures can be organized into albums and edited from within the app. You can add a photo to Sectos from the app itself or from the photos app. The app automatically locks itself each time you switch to another app, ensuring no one can access your media files without entering the correct password pattern. For ease of access, the app lets you ‘call’ it, i.e., open it by dialing a number in the phone app. There is also Dropbox support to keep your secure photos backed up to the cloud. Read More

Silver Key Offers Quick File Encryption & App-Independent Decryption

The internet is to the online community what a forest is to the traveler: full of spectacular sights and sounds, but occasionally wearying. Exchanging sensitive data is one such cause for concern. Encryption is the way to go, but how do you send private files to people without them having to install or learn frustrating decrypting software? Try the one-click Silver Key to unlock that problem; with its 256-bit encryption key and reputable AES cipher, you can quickly secure any number of files right from Windows Explorer. Parcels can be made as self-extracting EXE files as well, meaning the recipients won't need Silver Key installed to extract them. What’s more, Silver Key can even run from a USB drive! Read More

Encrypt & Manage Sensitive Data On Portable Or Local Drives With Protectorion ToGo

There’s always been a lot of discussion & talk about the importance of data security and how to keep your files safe from thieves and hackers lurking around on the internet. Of course, nobody wants their private or confidential information fall in to the wrong hands. Therefore, it’s better to take optimal security measures before it gets too late. Fortunately, there are tons of free and low-cost apps available at your disposal that let you store important files in a private, password-protected vault, and one such app for Windows that we recently stumbled upon is Protectorion ToGo. Even though we cannot guarantee it will dodge the top-end data burglars or government agents, it does suffice for the job for keeping your sensitive data such as bank details, passwords, login information, and other files containing private information secure from prying eyes. The freeware tool does it all by protecting it using industry-standard AES-256 bit encryption, and boasts plenty of other features as well. Read More

MacKeeper Is An All-In-One System Maintenance & Security Tool For OS X

We’ve covered a lot of small tools that help you clean up your Mac, make it run smoother, securely delete files, recover deleted file, or search for them. Though OS X does most - if not all - of these things natively, it doesn't offer as many customization options, or work as well as several third-party offerings. You can always look for apps that are meant to solve individual problems, or you could invest in an app that does everything for the right price. MacKeeper is a very famous app that acts as an antivirus and anti-theft app for your Mac. It also lets you encrypt data, recover deleted files, securely shred files, create backups, remove junk files, find duplicates, estimate the disk usage and break it down for you, uninstall apps and the many files they can sometimes leave behind, help you optimize start-up apps, and edit the default apps for different file extensions. Read More

Seafile Is A Private Cloud Storage & Collaboration Solution For Teams

Seafile is a cloud service that allows you to create and share a private cloud library of files with friends or colleagues. Files get synced for all users, so that if one person edits a document or makes any changes to it (if they’re allowed to), Seafile automatically updates the changes for everyone in the group. I know this sounds trite, but sharing files via the cloud is an amazingly convenient thing. Still, sometimes you don’t want or need to bring the internet into the picture just to share files between colleagues and friends who are on the same local network. To accommodate this, Seafile also allows you to create your own personal cloud for sharing files between computers in the same organization using its open-source server that's available for Linux and Raspberry Pi. It’s safe, because you use your own servers, and reliable because Seafile saves everything and you can even restore stuff you've accidentally deleted. It’s also secure because the files can be encrypted with a password. And finally, it’s mega-convenient, because all users on the network using Seafile get to sync their work with each other simultaneously. Read More

CryptoPAD Offers A File Encryptor, Text Editor & Cipher In One Package

A substantial number of people use Notepad or other similar text editors for quickly taking notes in Windows. It all sounds okay to rely on these as far as it’s about saving notes that are not sensitive in nature, but when it comes to storing something a little more confidential and private, plain text editors don’t quite cut it for the job. CryptoPAD is a Windows application that allows you to take and save notes protected with advanced encryption algorithms. Along with a feature-rich text editor, it houses a file encryption tool, a checksum calculator, and a unique Vingenere Cipher, all in a single package. Read More

Save Notes & Login Credentials In An Encrypted Vault With Datum Locker

In this digital age, safeguarding your sensitive information isn't something to be neglected, as any breaches can lead to leaking of your account details such as login information for web services, credit card information, bank account details, and so on. If you have documents or other information that you want to securely lock away from prying eyes, Datum Locker may have an answer for you. It’s a free Windows app designed for keeping a record of notes and login details in its integrated folders database called datum. The application is backed by Linearistic Distance Cryptographic (LDC) algorithm engineered by Nulluox – the developer behind Datum Locker – and aids in securely storing your data with a single lock key. This robust method can protect all your details with one password only. Read More

Create Encrypted, UAC-Independent Desktop Shortcuts With EnSC

Just a few days ago, I covered a handy Windows application called ElevatedShortcut that is designed to get rid of UAC prompts for trusted apps while keeping them enabled for all other apps. UAC or User Account Control is a security measure integrated into Windows that keeps untrusted apps from running on your computer without your express permission. Today, we've yet another similar app at your disposal called EnSC. You might be wondering what EnSC offers over ElevatedShortcut that makes it worth recommending. The tool's flagship feature is its ability to also encrypt the shortcut created for running the app with elevated privileges, meaning even if elevation is granted by a user, the selected shortcut still remains safe from prying eyes. Moreover, the tool allows to create such shortcuts from network drives as well. Read More

Sync Files To An Encrypted Local Or Network Folder With CryptSync

SkyDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, SugarSync and Box.net are just a few of the most popular names from the ever-growing cloud storage industry. Not only are these companies dominating the industry, but they also provide secure, best-in-class services that most of us seek when choosing cloud storage. If you’re an avid cloud drive user and want to encrypt your files before moving them to the cloud, or simply want to encrypt them for any other purpose to keep them safe from any prying eyes, give CryptSync a go. It’s an open-source application that lets you synchronize a pair of directories, and also encrypt your files in the process. The tool supports both local and network directories, and can particularly come in handy to encrypt files before moving them to the cloud. Read More

Bitcasa Sheds Beta Tag; Comes To iOS With Automatic Camera Uploads

Despite being in beta for the past few months, Bitcasa has already gained considerable popularity. Infinite cloud storage might be nothing more than an illusion, but this service comes closest to making it a reality. Bitcasa gives its users 10GB of free cloud storage, with two ways of expanding this limit. You can subscribe to an unlimited package for $10/month, or get 1GB of free space for each new user you bring to Bitcasa. Apps for the service have already been around for Windows and Android, and now its iOS app has made its way to the App Store as well. The app lets you access your Bitcasa content and view a variety of file types on your iPhone. There is also an automatic upload feature similar to the one offered by Dropbox and Google+ on Android, which allows you to connect your camera roll with Bitcasa so that your photos and videos are always kept backed up on the cloud. As before, all data you upload to the cloud service is kept secure using encryption. Read More

Cryptonite Offers EncFS & TrueCrypt-Based Local & Cloud Data Encryption On Android

While there are countless data encryption and decryption tools available across most popular computer platforms, choices are rather limited for mobile users, and Android is no exception in this regard. Though with Cryptonite, you don't really need much more, as it offers industry-standard encryption of not just your mobile device’s local data, but also the data on your Dropbox storage. Cryptonite is a free and open-source Android file encryption & decryption tool based on EncFS and TrueCrypt that can be used to browse, export and open EncFS-encrypted files and folders stored on your mobile device as well as Dropbox storage. Unlike most other similar tools, Cryptonite works fine on both rooted and non-rooted devices. That’s not all – if you own a rooted Android device that supports FUSE Kernel (as found in certain CyanogenMod ROMs), you can also use Cryptonite to mount TrueCrypt and EncFS volumes on your device. Read More

Create & Edit Password-Protected Text Files With NoteBook For Windows

Notepad is probably the most simple yet useful Windows utility that’s been accompanying the OS since its inception. While it works great for some quick notes-taking or opening various plain text files for basic editing, at times you need to take confidential notes for which you want an additional layer of security in form of a password. NoteBook is a text editor for Windows that delivers the password protection feature, so you may encrypt any confidential notes without worrying about your privacy. The application allows you to save the notes as PPTF (Password Protected Text Files) with a password of your choice. The application also boasts an auto-save feature that automatically saves the current note after every 5 seconds to make sure you don't lose any information in case of a crash. Read More

Encrypt Text & Images As Playable MIDI Files With CipherTune

Transferring sensitive information from one device to another can be risky. Data theft has become quite common, and with nearly all of our information exchange and management going digital, unauthorized access to your sensitive information by others can have quite damaging consequences for you. Even though some countries have started to toughen up their cyber crime laws, our data security is primarily in our own hands. If you are trying to transfer important data over the internet in the form of an email, or carrying it around on a USB flash drive, it is a good idea to have it encrypted so that in case it gets into wrong hands, no one else can view the information. However, people with proper knowledge and skill can still crack encrypted files when they come across them. You can avoid this by encrypting your files in such a way that they appears to be something else. Today, we present to you a Windows app called CipherTune that allows you to encrypt text and images and make them appear as MIDI files. The resulting MIDI files contains actual music from an instrument of your choice, and can be played in any supported media player without revealing the encrypted content. More on CipherTune after the jump. Read More

BoxCryptor Brings Dropbox & Google Drive Folder Encryption To Chrome

You can never be too careful when it comes to security, so if you ever run into someone looking for a padlock for their padlock, don’t be surprised. Of the many things that come under threat and require extra protection, your digital data is possibly the most valuable and frequently targeted. This is why many of us look for ways to padlock our data, i.e., encrypt it so well Tony Stark wouldn't be able to get to it. BoxCryptor is a well known encryption tool for cloud drives - with clients for Windows, Windows 8 and RT, Mac, iOS and Android - and it has just released an extension for Chrome that lets you encrypt files from Dropbox and Google Drive’s web interface. Read More

Encrypt Sensitive Files Before Syncing Them To Cloud Services

Cloud storage services have become an integrated part of our daily computer use for most of us. I can’t quite recall sending large files using my decade old email account anymore when my Dropbox suffices for the job. It’s both secure and easy to use, and has plenty of advantages over other options, for instance instant file synching across all connected platforms, no attachment size limitation that most email services are plagued with (until Google's recent integration of Drive with Gmail), and not to mention the free cloud space one gets for keeping our files accessible from anywhere in the world. However, for many, cloud storage raises the concern of security. Previously, we covered a Windows application called Cloudfogger that can encrypt any file before uploading it to the cloud. Today, we are bringing you yet another such utility called Secured Cloud Drive, which encrypts files using military-grade 256-bit AES encryption prior to sending them your selected cloud drive. It supports all major cloud services including Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive and Bitcasa. Read More

Securely Embed Sensitive Information And Files In Images With Steg

Sending out sensitive data on unsecured networks carries a considerable amount of risk. Anyone with malicious intentions and the proper knowledge can easily hack into your network and intercept the messages. If confidential documents containing financial information, passwords, or other important data get into the wrong hands, there can be a major security problem. In order to keep yourself safe, you can encrypt your data with a key and send the key to the intended recipient. However, some advanced hackers can even break some high level encryption if they locate the file. Another method to send your data in a safe way is by using a Steganography technique that involves infusing your data inside an image without changing the image itself. Steg is one such tool that performs the job flawlessly. This way, even if your file is intercepted by anyone, it will be a normal image file in the eyes of others, and there will be no visual indication of the encoded data. Keep reading to find out how to embed your sensitive data into an image using Steg. Read More