Cryptor

Cryptor

Cryptor

Developer’s Description

By Laurent Wibaux

Cryptor is a PIM (Personal Information Manager), it allows you to store sensitive data, by categories, in an encrypted database.

  • It implements an extended version of the Tiny Encryption Algorithm (TEA), which uses a 128 bits key to encipher the data you have entered. As soon as you save the record, it is enciphered in the database.
  • You can personalise the record entry form, from 1 to 6 fields with the labels you want.
  • The database is automaticaly backed-up to your desktop, to save you efforts in case of data loss on the PDA.
  • The main list allows bi-dimensional filtering by type and by category, icons, 1 or 2 lines per record, each line containing 1 or 2 fields.
  • Preferences include: a watchdog (to look after unattended PDA’s), the control of font, and number of lines displayed per record.
  • Color enabled, but will work happily with a black and white OS higher than 2.0.

Encrypt and decrypt text messages and files of any type using a secret key, view log details, and password-protect the program itself

Cryptor

3.0/5

Review by Elena Opris on May 25, 2015

What’s new in Cryptor 1.2:

  • log viewer built on to app
  • Larger Interface for easier use
  • Faster Crypting/Decrypting
  • Cancel button added

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Cryptor is an easy-to-use application designed to help you quickly encrypt and decrypt text and files, in order to prevent other PC users from snooping around your personal information. It features log files and program password protection, among other handy options.

Simple installation and interface

After a fast setup operation that shouldn’t impose any difficulties, you are greeted by a seemingly outdated interface made from a common window with a minimalistic structure, where you can select the encryption mode between text and file, input data or indicate an external file, and click a button to encrypt it. Decryption can be similarly done.

Seamlessly encrypt text messages and files with a secret key

Text can be either typed, pasted from the Clipboard or imported from file, and you must enter a secret numerical key that will be required to decrypt the message. Cryptor lets you encrypt data up to several passes, depending on the complexity of the text. Messages may also be exported to TXT or Cryptor (.cry) format.

In case you want to encrypt an external file, it’s possible to define the output file name and destination folder, as well as enter a text or numerical password used for its decryption.

View and save log information

Log details are displayed in the main window and can be saved to file. The utility implements options for copying text to the Clipboard, clearing text data, masking the key, always exporting text to file, password protecting the program, and automatically saving the log. Moreover, you can customize the interface and font colors.

Evaluation and conclusion

We haven’t encountered any stability issues in our tests, thanks to the fact that the tool didn’t hang, crash or display error messages. It had minimal impact on computer performance, running on low CPU and RAM.

Thanks to its intuitive interface and options, Cryptor can be handled by any users looking to encrypt text messages and files. On the other hand, it hasn’t been updated for a pretty long time, and there are many other apps out there that offer similar features for free.

Free encryption and decryption application

DiskCryptor is a free encryption and decryption software program for disks and partitions on Microsoft Windows PC devices. You can encrypt and decrypt ISO images, system partitions, and external and internal drives on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Vista, and Windows XP operating systems. DiskCryptor is an open-source program that lets you further develop the backend of the app.

Is DiskCryptor safe?

The developers of DiskCryptor are adamant about the platform’s security. Since the program is open-source and not proprietary software, your personal data will be protected. The freeware is licensed within the terms of the GNU GPLv3.

While there is more safety because of the open nature of DiskCryptor, the risk of downloading and installing the app from an unreliable source is still very possible. To ensure that you and your device are safe, you’ll want to download from a reputable site such as Softonic, which analyzes all programs before uploading.

DiskCryptor lets you use key files to protect your personal data. You can either select a custom file or folder or receive a randomly chosen one that acts as a secure key file. A password can be added to increase protection on confidential content. The software will let you know when the passwords match and are strong enough.

Key files will disrupt system and boot partition operations by making the files inaccessible. If you add a key file to a system partition procedure, then you will not be able to boot the system back up to Windows. Aside from booting processes, key files function properly with other volumes.

Disk management information

DiskCryptor uses encryption algorithms: AES, Serpent, and Twofish. Common, supported file formats tinclide exFAT, FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS. Along with encrypting and decrypting drives on PCs, DiskCryptor can encrypt ISO images to create CDs and DVDs. You can use dynamic disks and RAID volumes with the program, and the SSD TRIM extension is supported.

Multiple full disk partitions can be encrypted at the same time. There is a pause feature that lets you resume the procedure at a later time and on a different device. Keyboard shortcuts can conveniently mount and dismount drives, and volumes can be dismounted when you log out of DiskCryptor. The lightweight software installs quickly and does not take up much storage space.

How do I use DiskCryptor?

The user interface is clean and easy to use. There is an upper menu bar that you can access for additional commands: ‘File’, ‘Volumes’, ‘Tools’, and ‘Help’. While the ‘Help’ tab does not provide full support, there are still a lot of helpful articles available on the internet that give guidance about any issues that may arise.

The commands are located in the right panel: ‘Mount’, ‘Encrypt’, ‘Decrypt’, ‘Mount All’, and ‘Unmount All’. Detailed information about the disk drives is available in the left portion of the screen. You can interact with the data to receive additional information about volumes, which you can read at the bottom of the screen above ‘Info’.

Before you encrypt a system partition, you can create a backup bootable disc that is able to decrypt the partition to prevent the loss of valuable information. You can encrypt a volume by selecting a partition in the left area and then pressing the ‘Encrypt’ button on the right-hand side of the UI. The default options that are presented can let you move through the process seamlessly.

The encryption algorithm and wipe mode can be adjusted within the ‘Encryption Settings’ window that appears. The default algorithm is ‘AES’. If you are okay with the automatic settings, then you can click ‘Next’ to continue. The following page presents bootloader settings. You can click on the dropdown menu to adjust the bootloader from the default option: ‘Install to HDD’.

Once you complete ‘Boot Settings’, you will be asked to enter a password to secure the encryption. The passcode can consist of letters and numbers. If you are booting a system, then marking the ‘Use Keyfile’ box will cause issues. Beneath ‘Password Rating’, you can see whether the code is easily breakable or not. The encryption process will begin after you press ‘OK’.

DiskCrypt offers full compatibility

You can encrypt and decrypt internal and external storage devices with DiskCrypt: DVD disks, hard drives, USB storage drives, etc. DiskCrypt can place boot encryptions on a system partition to make the OS bootable. Encrypted CDs and DVDs can be made with ISO images. You can decrypt and encrypt portions or the whole disk.

Alternative disk encryption software options

BitLocker, DriveCrypt, and VeraCrypt are comparable applications that encrypt disks and partitions. Because Microsoft Windows developed and released BitLocker, you can find it included across all Microsoft operating systems. All of the applications mentioned above include the ability to setvolume passwords to enhance security settings. Along with DiskCryptor, VeraCrypt is free and open-source.

A discontinued software called TrueCrypt prefaced VeraCrypt’s popularity. DriveCrypt is a paid offering that focuses on protecting users’ proprietary information. While VeraCrypt is compatible with Apple Mac, Microsoft Windows, and Linux operating systems, the BitLocker, DiskCrypt, and DriveCrypt apps are not cross-platform programs and only function on Windows systems. VeraCrypt is the best comprehensive choice with pre-boot authentication capabilities.

Free transparent encryption and decryption

DiskCrypt will encrypt external and internal disk devices for free. The broad choice for decryption and encryption abilities, DiskCrypt supports AES, Twofish, and Serpent algorithms while encrypting disks, drives, ISO images, etc. DiskCrypt offers multi-boot options for an encrypted Windows OS. The lightweight freeware provides an easy-to-navigate command-line interface that can guide you through the encryption and decryption process easily.

What’s new?

While DiskCrypt functions with the recent versions of Microsoft Windows OS, there are still system issues that need to be adjusted. On the official website, you read about their most recent software update, privacy policy, etc.

PROS

  • Open-source

  • Offers license: GNU

  • Boots system partitions

  • User-friendly interface

  • Encrypts disks with ISO images

  • Functions with external and internal drives

CONS

  • Limited in-app help resources

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