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

EncryptOnClick: Secure Files With Multiple Layers Of Encryption

In the apprehension of various hackers lurking around the internet - always looking for security loopholes in our computers - our credentials can no longer be regarded safe. As technology is making progress by leaps and bounds, security measures are also improving. A wide array of information security methods have been developed to give hackers a hard time cracking our data. One of those methods is 256-bit advanced encryption standard algorithm, which is used by many top-of-the-line inviolable security applications. Although one cannot say that their files are completely uncrackable, having an extra layer of security still plays a pivotal roll. EncryptOnClick is a robust encryption tool for Windows, which aids in protecting your files through the aforementioned 256-bit AES. Users can encrypt a single item or a group of files within a few simple clicks via the application’s simple and intuitive interface. One key feature of the tool is that it allows you to decrypt the file even without using this software. You can open and extract the encrypted achieve via any third-party tool, such as 7-zip or WinZip, provided you already know the password.Read More

A+ Folder Locker: Powerful Data Encryption, Steganography & File Shredding Tool

Massive changes in information technology over the past few years, have almost doubled (or maybe tripled) the amount of data proliferation on our computers. This has also led to some major security concerns, that is, as more and more information is being available digitally, companies are trying to employ various security techniques to keep such delicate information safe. One of the most proficient ways to keep your files confidential - which include videos, picture, documents, credit card information etc - is to encrypt them using some security software. Folder lockers and other file handling tools come in handy to perform the said operation. Back in June, I covered a data encryption software labeled Toolwiz BSafe, which let you create file Safes and mount them as virtual drives. A+ Folder Locker is more or less a similar application, but with much more robust security elements. Akin to safes in BSafe, the application lets you create encrypted Lockers. These lockers can be password protected or pattern protected, whichever seems feasible to you. What’s more, it also packs steganography and file shredding features. Another benefit it has over other similar tools is that it lets you input encryption password using an integrated virtual keyboard, making it harder to crack.Read More

DiskCryptor: An Easy-To-Use Alternative To TrueCrypt And BitLocker

Those of you who use TrueCrypt or Bitlocker Drive Encryption would be very much familiar with how disk encryption software work. These applications provide one click data encryption to a whole partition or disk drive, keeping your data safe from prying eyes. Both of the aforementioned software contain a slew of features, and may even be called as best in the business. However, the steep learning curve may prevent most folks from using them. A rather easier solution you can try is DiskCryptor. This tool, as its name implies, is an easy to use drive encryption/decryption. Its user-friendly interface isn’t the only thing that left me impressed, but the advanced encryption algorithms are also something to praise, such as AES, Twofish, Serpent, AES-Twofish, and so on. It can help you encrypt your hard drive, thumb drive, as well as an optical drive within a few clicks. The application also supports keyfiles for a full-fledged disk encryption. As oppose to TrueCrypt, which backs up the whole drive - irrespective of the fact that how much data is stored - DiskCryptor would only backup the area where data is stored, proving to be a handsome time-saver. Does it fare well with other similar applications of its class? Let’s find out.Read More

Official Cloudfogger Android App Released For On-The-Go Access To Encrypted Cloud Data

Cloud data encryption tools, such as BoxCryptor and Cloudfogger help you secure your computer, mobile and cloud content by providing with you an additional layer of security. By encrypting data through such tools, users are assured that their precious local and cloud content remains safe from any sort of unauthorized access, whatsoever. The aforementioned application, Cloudfogger for Windows, was reviewed in March 2012. At the time of review, the application supported integration with cloud storage giants, such as Dropbox, Box and SkyDrive etc., and provided you with a separate virtual drive on your PC in which you can simply drag and drop your cloud/computer data to get it automatically encrypted and shared with the associated cloud storage account. Now here’s some good news for all you Google Drive account owners and Android users. Cloudfogger has expanded its pool of supported cloud services by including the recently launched Google Drive to the club. In addition, the service has also launched a beta of its official Android client that lets you easily decrypt your Cloudfogger-encrypted data right on your mobile device.Read More

Free Password Manager: Store & Encrypt Valuable Data Or Credentials

Remembering each and every password for your credentials is not plausible unless you have a striking memory, or you use a single password combination where ever you need.  We have covered an umpteen number of password storage utilities and today we have a similar application for you, named as Free Password Manager. It is a utility that provides you with a database where you can encrypt and store valuable information, such as credit card numbers, email passwords, notes, access codes and other significant data. The application facilitates you to create as many databases you want, each with its own separate password, which provides an extra layer of protection. It uses AES algorithm to encrypt data with a 256-bit key, making it highly difficult to crack. The program can be installed on a USB flash drive for using it on-the-go. Some of the key features include built-in password generator, logging of data changes, customizable database and folder fields, backup and restore of of passwords databases, information sorting, exporting and importing data to/from CSV and TXT files etc.Read More

Secret Delivery: Protect Files & Folders On Mac With Unique Passwords [Paid]

Encrypting files and folders on a Mac is possible but it isn’t easy. You will have to create disk images of the items you want to protect, and mount them each time you wish to access the contents. This sounds neither fun nor convenient. Alternative ways to protect files is to use the FileVault utility that will create an encrypted disk on your system where everything, every-little-thing, will be encrypted. A simpler solution with a small price tag is Secret Delivery. It is a Mac app available for $1.99 in the Mac App Store that both encrypts and decrypts files. The app has a simple drag & drop interface and uses AES encryption standard to protect your data.Read More

Encoding Decoding: Quickly Encrypt/Decrypt & Password Protect Files

Encoding Decoding is an encryption software, which provides a dead simple mechanism for encoding files, i.e., by dragging them to the applications interface and entering a password for them. This easy to use application makes it possible to quickly secure your important files, to protect them from unauthorized access. Furthermore, it does not replace the input file, but rather, creates a more secure version of it. The only thing that you may have to be concerned with is to remember the password, in order to gain access to protected files. Encoding Decoding (application) can be used to encrypt any kind of file, including pictures, code files, Excel sheets and other MS Office documents, PDF files, etc.Read More

How To Encrypt Ubuntu Home Folder From Command Line Using eCryptfs

Drive encryption is meant to secure your hard drive in case your computer is stolen or compromised with critical information in it, such as bank account credentials, credit card or social security number. During the installation of Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, an option is provided to encrypt the Home folder to secure your files and folders. In case you haven’t selected this option during installation, you can easily do it using the ecryptfs-utils command line. eCryptfs is a cryptographic stacked Linux file system, which stores cryptographic metadata in the header of written files, to allow encrypted files to be copied between hosts. The file is then decrypted using the proper key in the Linux kernel keyring.Read More

FileWall Brings Real-Time (On-The-Fly) Folder Encryption In Windows

We always put great emphasis on data protection. As today, we are living in an era where everything's digital, including our credentials and other important files - any unintended hands can easily misuse such information, if insufficiently protected. Thankfully, PCs now have various data security software that keep everything in check and well protected from intruders. Windows 7 alone is quite robust in protecting our files, but if you were looking for a file encryption tool that is not so easy to crack, then what you probably need is FileWall. It is an encryption application that can quickly encrypt and decrypt files stored in your hard drive. It integrates into the Windows Explorer right-click context menu for instant access and uses AES-128 bit encryption as the default encryption algorithm. It supports real-time encryption on folders which allows the data to be encrypted before being written to the disk. That means that no one will be able to access the existing and newly created documents inside a folder without entering the password. Read past the jump for more details.Read More

Crypter For Chrome Lets You Easily Encrypt & Decrypt Text And Files

Every now and then, you may have information that needs sharing but are concerned about prying eyes that are not intended to see it, be it your password, bank account information or any other kind of confidential data. Keeping your personal data secure when using the internet is not as simple as one might think. Information sent over the internet can be accessed by almost anyone, and if you want to have a private communication with some one, then Crypter, a Chrome app, can be of great help. It allows quick encryption/decryption, and uses an AES-256 specification. It works by converting plain text to encrypted information (cipher text), rendering it unreadable, and only people having your password can access your information by decrypting it. Files are supported as well, and are encrypted in the browser only, without being uploaded to any third-party server.Read More

Online Tools Offers Various Web Development Tools Under One Hood [Web]

If you are a software developer and use multiple tools for testing and validating your code, then Online-Toolz can be of great help. It's a web service that provides software developers with a whole lot of validators, functions, generators and conversion tools. It offers HTML, XML validators, text conversion & encryption-decryption functions, date functions, password generators, color chooser and more.Read More

BoxCryptor For Android: Access Encrypted Dropbox Data On The Go

Dropbox, or any other cloud storage service for that matter, presents a brilliant concept of storing your vital data on a remote drive and accessing it from anywhere. You own valid login credentials for your specific account that can be used to access, view and modify your Dropbox content. Authorized access to individual accounts means added security to your data that is lying on cloud storage. However, if you want to enhance the security of your Dropbox conten, then BoxCryptor could prove to be effective. BoxCryptor is a cross-platform cryptographic freeware that secures your cloud data synced from various cloud storage services (such as Dropbox) using AES-256 encryption through its desktop client. Just recently, said service has launched its Android client that can be used to access Dropbox data encrypted with BoxCryptor.Read More

Encrypt Messages Using Combinations & Password With scrambled-egg

The internet has brought with it many advantages to the users, but there are certain drawbacks as well - one of them being ripping user privacy apart. scrambled-egg is an open source application which allows encrypting plain text messages and files by letting you select an encryption algorithm and text encoding combination. This combination, and optionally a password, can be applied to encrypt your text file or message.  The supported encryption formats include, AES, ARC2, Blowfish, CAST, DES3 or RSA, with encoding combinations from Base64, Base32, HEX, Quopri, string escape, UU, XML or Json formats. The encrypted text can be copied to clipboard or exported later in XML, JSON, UU file or PNG format. This adds an extra layer of security to your encrypted data, as decrypting it not only requires the knowledge of the password but also the combination used to encrypt the text.Read More

Tunnelbear – Free VPN To Access Popular Blocked Websites Around The World

I really hate that obnoxious text line which reads something like "this website cannot be accessed from your current location". Okay, no worries, we can use a VPN to gain access. There are many paid services which provide VPN and proxy services to access restricted websites like Hulu, Pandora, Spotify, etc., from anywhere. However, seldom do we come across free applications which have the potential of bypassing restrictions imposed by location restricted websites. TunnelBear is a VPN application which gives US and UK based IPs to allow direct access to popular location restricted websites, without causing any streaming hiccups. When you use TunnelBear, your network traffic is routed through the Tunnel Bear VPN to disguise your actual location. Using TunnelBear, we were easily able to access location restricted websites like Hulu, Spotify and Pandora. Another noteworthy aspect of TunnelBear is that it is not an ad-supported application like other applications of its kind, such as, HotSpot Shield.Read More

Access Websites Restricted In Your Country With Ricco VPN

Some websites are blocked outside a specific country or region due to copyright issues and political reasons. The latter has been recently seen in many countries around the world due to anti-government protests and the drive to control information. This is a common annoyance that leaves many users stranded and deprived of access to quality content. To bypass such limitations, many users use proxies, however, they are often detected by servers which are meant to block content for users from specific lcoations. A better alternative is to us a VPN (Virtual Private Network). Unlike a proxy, a VPN is a secure mechanism of connecting to a private LAN at a remote location. This can be done either using the Internet or any public network to transport the network data packets. Large corporations often provide VPN access to their employees to allow them o obtain data from their office computer in case of an emergency or to remote execute task. This process has been converted into a proxy mechanism in recent years to allow users to access location restricted websites and to provide them with secure browsing.Read More

Create And Mount Encrypted Virtual Disks With FreeVDF

FreeVDF is a virtual disk management application which can create new encrypted disks and mount CD/DVD drives images. Encryption can be performed using the algorithm SSE1, and the disk can be created as password protected. This makes FreeVDF more than a virtual disk mounting application, as one can created encrypted virtual drives on a computer and password protected the data inside these drives to add two layers of security.Read More

Protect Me! – Access Files From Encrypted Container Without Decryption

Data encryption software provides the best way to secure confidential files and folder from external sources, but the process of decoding encrypted data each time to use it is rather time consuming and tiring. How about an application which lets you open encrypted file or run password protected application without requiring you to go through the decoding process? Protect Me! takes an offbeat approach to make your data secure and accessible at the same time from within the encrypted container. Please keep in mind that the container is encrypted, not the files (which are residing in the container). The files inside the container are secure and can only be accessed by the user (after entering the correct password).Read More

Encrypt And Password Protect Sensitive Information In Your Emails

Disseminating sensitive information online isn’t easy and many people use different techniques to mask the content of private messages. Some might give dummy names to files or send them as zipped attachments but needless to say these measures don’t provide much security. Large companies might resort to other more expensive ways of securely transmitting sensitive information but a simple solution comes from Encipher.it which allows you to encrypt text on the AES encryption standard and protect it with a password. Recipients of encrypted messages will need the password to read your message.Read More