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What are some good commercial file encrytiion programs? I am looking for solution that will encrypt files in Windows XP Workstation  and Windows 2003 Server environment?

There are two things that I am trying to acheive:
1.) If a laptop is lost the encrypted files could not be decoded. IE. If admin change password or the hard drive was read.
2.) Server admin could not add themselves easily to decrypt files.
3.) Recovery capablilites if OS crapped out and I need to access data legit.

I want to implement this solution for a  workgroup about 20 people.

My last question their was a good converstion on mostly open sources. See:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Security/Q_22056656.html#17930150
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Rich Rumble earned 100 total points
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PGP :) Steganos Security Suite, or simply the Steganos Safe, just a bit more for the suite though
https://steganos.com/en/products/sssse2006/  https://www.steganos.com/en/products/safe2007/
PGP has more (centralized) manageability than about anything else I've seen however.
-rich
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by:JamesTX10
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Hi bengoa,
You can check out http://www.truecrypt.org/ too.


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by:mahe2000
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You can try pgp (www.pgp.com) it is a standar
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by:titch98
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Hi there,

Check out Cyferix Secure IT2000.

SecureIT is a 448 Bit file encryption and folder encryption software and uses the Blowfish algorithm.

Best of all, you can try for free of charge (for 30 days), a full working version........

Here is some o the features it boasts (taken from their site) and you can check the rest out at their site http://www.cypherix.com/encrypt_files_and_folders.htm?adv=sit_fe

Open source secure algorithm - SecureIT 2000 uses a non-proprietary, open source, public domain encryption algorithm, Blowfish, at a key strength of 448 bits. Blowfish is one of the strongest cryptographic algorithms in existence. Statistically impregnable against brute force attacks. It would take more than the age of the universe for all the computers in the world working simultaneously to decipher a SecureIT 2000 encrypted file.

Built in file shredder - When files are deleted within the standard computing environment, they are not completely removed from the hard disk. Only the file information is removed from the File Allocation Table. There are several commercially available software packages that can then be used to 'undelete' or recover data. This can lead to serious breaches of security. SecureIT 2000 has an integrated file shredder module that removes all traces of data.

Secure e-mail module - Allows for the creation of self extracting encrypted files. The recipient need not have SecureIT 2000 installed to decrypt the files, all that is required is the password. This allows for a totally secure communication system that makes use of existing generic e-mail clients on a public network, yet allows for totally secure data transfer.

DeCypherIT is a freeware utility. This utility allows you to decrypt encrypted files generated by Cryptainer and SecureIT 2000.

No "back doors" - No unauthorized access to encrypted data is possible under any circumstances. There is no special procedure, secret code, or hidden entry method to fall back on.

Encrypts all data - SecureIT 2000 encrypts files from any application, whether spreadsheet, graphics, word processing or any other; on every kind of re-writable media, whether floppy disk, removable hard drive, zip drive, tape drive or other.

System requirements
Minimum system requirements are X486 with 8 MB RAM running Windows 95 / 98. Recommended system requirements are X586 systems or better with 32 MB RAM running Windows 95 / 98 / NT4 / ME / 2000 / XP.

Hope this helps
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P.S: With regards the - 3.) Recovery capablilites if OS crapped out and I need to access data legit.

What I have done personally, is partitioned my drive and used the partitioned space (D: drive) to store my encrypted files and folders. It makes no diference to me then if my OS does go down, as all I have to do is re-install the OS on C: drive and then re-install SecureIT 2000 to be able to access the files stored on D: drive.
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by:Eirman
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I suggest that you use BestCrypt From ... http://www.jetico.com/
It fulfills your requirements 1 - 3 above.

This can be configured to automatically ask for a password at startup.  Entering your password created a virtual drive - e.g. E:\ .   Store all your data on that drive.  You don't encrypt or decrypt anything - Every stored on your virtual drive/container is automatically encrypted. You only have to back up one file to back up all your data. Once you keep your passphrase long the encryption can not be broken.

The encrypted container can be almost any size - 1000 gigs if you want. You can also encrypt the swap file and create hidden containers. - Its free to try fo 30 days.

I've been using it for 8 years with no complaints.
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