Folder Encryption

Posted on 2013-10-24
Last Modified: 2014-03-19
Can someone recommend the best Folder Encryption software for Windows currently on the market?

Thank you!
Question by:Darrell Kirby

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could you please be specific, free or paid?
Below comparison list may give you an initial idea:
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by:Nick Rhode
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One I don't mind is CompuSec.  Its free and easy to use.
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by:Rich Rumble
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Crypto/Encryption is only as good as the weakest link, if you're not protecting the keys then it doesn't matter what product you use. Keep the keys separate, read about the caveats TrueCrypt has when it comes to encryption. It's the most honest product out there, and no product is any better at any "weakness" they document than they are.
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Giovanni Heward earned 167 total points
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I highly recommend TrueCrypt with multi-factor authentication.

TrueCrypt permits cascading of strong 256-bit encryption ciphers, such as AES-Twofish-Serpent (recommended)

TrueCrypt Algorithms
Meaning the Serpent layer is encrypted with a Twofish layer, which is encrypted with an AES layer.

At the end of the day these are all symmetric (private key) ciphers, meaning the protection provided is dependent upon not only how strong your private key (password) is but also how well protected that key remains.

Consider a password with sufficient haystack search depth to thwart brute force attempts.

One idea to consider is selecting a file or phrase for use as the password, and then creating a SHA256 hash against it.  You would then use the SHA256 hash as your password.

For greater security, you want to implement 2-factor authentication (something you know , something you have, or something you are)

For example, using TrueCrypt in conjunction with a password (something you know) and YubiKey (something you have).  TrueCrypt supports other options, such as tokens and smart cards.

If you want to keep things simple, consider storing your folder on an IronKey.  You could also consider creating a TrueCrypt volume on your IronKey as well.

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