Portable Encryption – Encryption Wizard – 128bit AES – Free File Encryption
Usability is the primary block on using encryption. So there are two Cryptology products that I’m happy to recommend. Encryption wizard is free, portable and cross platform but only offers 128 bit AES Encryption. You must have Java installed for it to run.
Step 1 – Download Encryption Wizard (Free)
Encryption Wizard allows you to drag and drop files for encryption.
* Cross platform – so works on Linux, Mac as well as Windows
* Calculates a digital fingerprint for the file (MD5 and SHA256)
* You can install it on USB pens, to encrypt files
* It’s free
Platforms: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 2000, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
Download it from here:
- 1. Double click the .jar file
- 2. A shield will appear
- 3. File > Add
- 4. Browse to the file you’d like to encrypt
- 5. ENCRYPT Button (bottom left)
- 6. Enter a passphase. It grades your password here, to tell you if it’s weak.
- 7. ADD Button
- 8. NEXT > do you want to keep the original files or delete them?
- 9. KEEP files
To obtain the hashes:
1. Add the file
2. Click on the file name once to select it.
3. File > Info
Both the MD5 and the SHA256 hashes will appear. These work together to prove the files have not been tampered in transit. They’re used by law enforcement (forensics) to ensure the drives/files have not be tampered or altered.
The program is small enough to keep on a usb pen, so you can encrypt all your files as you go along.
The only easier encryption programme that I’ve found is Kruptos – which integrates directly into windows explorer, so you can right click on any file and encrypt it. It’s not free – but it’s only $18 for an unlimited number of PC’s. Kruptos is also 256 – so it’s much stronger encryption.
You can trial Kruptos free for 30 days here
For open source users, the Wizard is the way to go, despite being only AES 128.