HashMyFiles: Calculate Checksum Values & Save Resulting List As HTML, XML Or TXT

Internet has made file sharing tenfold easier. We can easily share files via various services available on the internet. But with this, file integrity has become a serious issue. Every other day, we hear the news of some hacker group compromising a major company's confidential data. Sometimes, they don’t use their own computers to perform these malicious activities, but instead employ backdoors to enter the systems of unsuspecting, unguarded internet users and gain access to their systems. Checking the integrity of files is very important if you don’t want your computer to get infected with viruses and malware. Sometimes, hackers modify the contents of a downloadable zip, which can even grant them complete remote access to your system. To fight this, developers usually provide a hash value along with the download link, which works as a proof for originality of the file. The integrity of the downloaded file is checked by generating a hash value of your own, and comparing with the one provided by the developer. The hash values can be calculated and compared using a number of tools available on internet. HashMyFiles is one such portable utility that allows you to quickly calculate checksum values of one or multiple files located on your hard drive and save the resulting list as HTML, XML or text. More on HashMyFiles after the jump.Read More

Encrypt Data, Generate File Hash, Securely Delete Files & Encode Text Using WinAES

Encrypting files to prevent unauthorized access and external data theft attacks can be achieved using a number of file encryption software, which allow users to choose an encryption algorithm and encrypt  key to secure the specified files. Like Mac OS X, Windows 7 also enables you to encrypt files across the disk partitions to ensure data safety, and also to restrict others from reading/writing the data. BitLocker and TrueCrypt are probably the best tools available for this very purpose. Although one can create encrypted containers for holding specified files and folders using Truecrypt, it requires following quite a lengthy wizard and configuring complex settings to encrypt a set of files. Simialrly, Windows 7 built-in BitLocker allows encrypting the entire disk, but if you’re encrypting a large disk volume, it may take hours to complete the encryption process. If you’re looking for a super powerful data encryption tool that can encrypt and decrypt specified files with a click, WinAES is a solid pick. Read past the jump for details.Read More

MD5 Checksum Tool: Generate & Compare Hash Values Of Files And Text

Checking the integrity of files is very important if you don’t want your computer to get infected with viruses and malware. Sometimes, hackers modify the contents of a downloadable zip, which can even result in granting them remote access to your system. While downloading various software, you might have noticed that developers usually provide hash values of their files computed according to different checksum protocols. This enabls you to verify the file integrity of the downloaded content. Previously, we have covered a lot of Windows application for calculating hash values to verify file integrity, including Digesec Hashing Utility, inCrypto and Md5Checker, as well as some shell extensions, such as Shell Extensions like HashTab and FilePropsMan. These programs let you calculate and compare hash values, allowing you to keep you computer safe from infected files. Today, we have another tool to add to the list of hash generators, called MD5 Checksum Tool. It allows you to scan all files of a folder with recursive support, and creates a report with the checksum values of all files along with their file names and sizes. Moreover, it allows you to compare two files against each other, and compare an MD5 hash value against a file to know if it has been modified in any way. More on MD5 Checksum Tool after the break.Read More

MultiHasher: Calculate Hash Values And Upload Files To VirusTotal

You can use plenty of Windows application for calculating hash values to verify file integrity, including Digesec Hashing Utility, a tool that lets you create hash values of files and text, and  inCrypto (encrypt text and generate hex values). Other than these tools, we have also covered some very useful Shell Extensions for the same purpose, such as HashTab and FilePropsMan that add a tab, to generate hash values, in the properties of a file. These tools, like all other hash utilities, allow you to calculate and compare hash values in order to keep your computer safe from getting infected with corrupted and infected files. MultiHasher is a hashing utility that goes one step further and allows you to upload files to VirusTotal from within the application. It is capable of quickly calculating and comparing CRC32, MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256, SHA-384 and SHA-512 checksum protocols by just dragging and dropping files. The application supports multiple languages and folders can be added recursively.Read More

Ensure The Integrity Of A Dowloaded FIle By Running A Hash Value Check

When you download files from an unreliable source, you run the risk of accidentally downloading something malicious to your system. Some developers will try and sneak in malicious files with their apps but a more sinister practice is to take already famous and trusted apps, bundle them with malicious files, and then offer them up for 'quick' downloading. An unsuspecting user will download the file thinking they're getting a trusted app and will end up with a little more than they had bargained for. Fortunately, there's a little safe-check that's built into all files to verify that they are legit. It's called a hash value. You can download the file, generate its hash value, and compare it with the one given on the developer's website. If you are looking for a good utility to generate and compare hash values of files, check out Md5Checker. It is one such portable application that allows you to calculate and verify hash values for multiple files at a time. After calculating the Md5, you can either compare it manually, or save it to match it with the hash value of the same file at a later time. It can also be used to verify if the file has been tampered with in any way.Read More

inCrypto Lets You Generate Hash Values And Encode & Encrypt Text

Encrypting a file allows you to send it over the internet safely without worrying about its contents being read, or used by someone who is not intended to read them. for instance, a file that you upload on the internet might get hacked by someone with malicious intentions. If  the file contains sensitive information, that can create a lot of trouble for you. Hashing a file, on the other hand, can be used to make sure that the file you downloaded is exactly the one that was uploaded by the author and not a file modified by a hacker. Developers often post the hash value along with the uploaded file, so that anyone downloading it can be sure that it is the same file that was originally uploaded by the author. Previously, we have covered a lot of tools, such as SFV Ninja, a portable hash value generator, that can be used to generate and compare hash values of files in order to verify their integrity. We have also covered some text encryption tools, like scrambled-egg, an open source application that allows encrypting plain text messages and files using custom encryption algorithms. Combining the features of both these applications, today we have a new tool for you called inCrypto. It is a multipurpose portable tool that lets you perform, both encryption and encoding, from a unified interface. The application supports Base64 and AES text encoding and encryption methods, while MD5, SHA-1 and SHA-256 FIle Hash values can be used to generate hash values of files. Read on to find out more about inCrypto.Read More

Digesec Hashing Utility: Generate & Verify Hash Values Of Files & Text

Hash values are used to verify the integrity of files, and zip archives. If the contents of the file, or a zip archive change, its hash value will also change. So, if the file has been tampered in any way, it can be checked by generating its hash value and comparing it with the value of the original file. Previously, we have covered, both tools, as well as extensions that allow users to generate and compare hash values of files to verify their integrity. Applications like SFV Ninja and HashSlash let you generate and verify hash values, while Shell Extensions such as HashTab and FilePropsMan adds a tab containing file hash information and verification in the properties of files. Digesec Hasing Utility is a hash utility that lets you generate and verify hash values of file, as well as text. It can be used to confirm the authenticity of a file and hash passwords. The application supports a lot of hashing algorithms such as ADLER, CRC32, MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256, TIGER etc.Read More

HashTab: Calculate & Compare Hash Checksum Values From File Properties

Hash values let you check if a file has been tampered with in any way or not. While downloading a file from the internet, you might have noticed that sometimes, a string of numbers and alphabets is written beside, over or under the download link of the file, that is the hash value of the file generated by the developer who uploaded the file. In order to check if a hacker has accessed the file and changed the content to suit his own malicious needs, after downloading the file, you can generate the hash value on your own and match it with the one provided by the developer in order to check for any discrepancies. Yesterday, I covered FilePropsMan, a Windows Explorer Shell Extension that adds extended version and file hash information in the Windows Explorer File Properties menu. The application lets you generate values for CRC32, MD5 and SHA-1 checksum protocols. If you are looking for an application that just calculates the hash values, HashTab is worth a look. It adds a new tab in File Properties and automatically calculates file hashes for different protocols such as CRC32, MD4, MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256, Tiger, Whirlpool etc. Moreover, it lets you compare a file to confirm file integrity. More about HashTab after the break.Read More

Add ‘Extended Version’ & ‘Hash Checksum Info’ In File Properties

The massive world of internet contains tons of applications, tools and software. Sometimes, it may happen that you are not be able to find which one is a fabricated tool, and which comes straight from the developer. Developers mostly generate the Hash of a download bundle, which is quite useful in checking the file integrity of something that you are about to download. Previously, we have covered various applications that allow you to generate and check has values of files, such as HashSlash, a Windows Explorer Shell Extension that adds extended version and file hash information in the Windows Explorer File Properties menu, and SFV Ninja, a portable hash value verification tool, which supports SFV, MD5 and SHA-1 checksum algorithms. Today, we have another tool for you that allows you to view the hash values of files generated according to 3 different algorithms. FilePropsMan is a Windows Explorer shell extension that adds two tabs, namely Extended Version Information and File Hash Information, to the Windows Explorer File Properties menu. It lets you view detailed version information about the file included by the developer, as well as generating CRC32, MD5 and SHA-1 Hash codes to verify against the ones provided by the developer.Read More

Check File Security Issues And Analyze Integrity With FileAlyzer

Analyzing file properties becomes quite tedious task when you have to use different tools to examine checksum, file integrity, security loop holes and so on.  This means that multiple applications need to be installed on the computer and data from these programs is required to perform a complete file analysis. Instead of performing these laborious tasks, you can use FileAlyzer. It's an application that shows file content in a HEX dump format and other properties such as file integrity, anomalies (if any), classification sources, hashes, meta tags and a lot more. Moreover, you can verify file integrity via online sources such as VirusTotal and ThreatExpert. According to the developer, FileAlyzer was named this way due to a typo, but he decided to keep the name.Read More

Extract Forensic Data From Computers With OSForensics

Rainbow tables are pre-computed tables, used for reversing cryptographic hash functions, which are often used for cracking password hashes. Computers which rely on password authentication require a mechanism to determine if the entered password is correct. One can store a cryptographic hash of the password to protect the stored information because such hashes are difficult to reverse.OSForensics enables you to use Rainbow Tables to retrieve passwords, provided you have the hash of that password. The use of rainbow tables serve as a time-memory trade off in the decryption of a hash. With OSForensics you can also recoverybrowser passwords, aggregate and organize results and case items, analyze systems main memory, CPU, USB and hard drive information, uncover the user actions performed recently on the system, create an index of the files on a hard disk, look up files quicker than Windows default functionality, and much more. The main interface contains multiple tabs and sub-categories which contain options to perform the aforementioned tasks.Read More

Instantly Generate MD5/SHA256 Hash For Any File With HashSlash

Hashes or checksums are used for verification of a file’s integrity. A downloaded file can be checked via the use of MD5/SHA256 hash to verify  if the file has been tampered with. Hashes are also used in encryption, password storage and for the protection of sensitive data. A HashGenerator helps in quickly computing or verifying the hash for a file.HashSlash is a portable tool for developers which allows finding MD5, SHA1, SHA256, SHA384, SHA512 and RIPEMD160 checksums/hashes from any selected file. It merely requires selecting a file and specifying a hash type to get an instant hash generation.Read More

How To Convert Music Videos In Flash Format(FLV) Into Mp3 Songs

Did you just download a song from YouTube or any other online video site? Now suppose you want to listen to this song on your iPod or any other mp3 device, or maybe you want to add it to your music playlist. The best way to do this would be to convert this music video in flash format (flv) into mp3 format. There is a nifty little free tool called Hash FLV to MP3 Converter that can do this job.Run the program, click Add files button or press Ctrl+A to add flash music videos to the list.Read More