Easily Encrypt Files with Folder SafeBox
Article by George Norman
On 04 Apr 2012
Encrypting your data is a must have if you want it to remain private, if you don’t want others to be able to access it. The nice thing about the SteelSoft-developed application is that it makes the whole encryption process a very simple and straightforward thing. If you know how to drag and drop files and folders from one location to another, you’re ready to use the Folder SafeBox encryption tool.

Folder SafeBox can be installed on a computer that’s powered by Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. Access to the application is password protected and you get to choose the password the first time you run Folder SafeBox. A little tip: make sure you don’t pick a weak or easily guessable password.

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As mentioned above, if you know how to drag and drop, you’re ready to use the Folder SafeBox application. Just drag and drop a file onto Folder SafeBox’s interface and it will be moved to the box and encrypted automatically (the application uses a 256-bit algorithm to encrypt data). The option to move data to the box is selected by default in the Settings menu; if you want to, you can change it so that data is copied to the box instead of moved to the box. When you do the opposite, when you drag and drop something out of Folder SafeBox’s interface, the data will be decrypted.

It must be mentioned here that on top of automatically encrypting data, Folder SafeBox also compresses the data in encrypts. The application does this to save disk space. It must also be mentioned that you can back up Folder SafeBox data and import backed up data with ease.

To recap, the upside is that Folder SafeBox is quite easy to use, that it encrypts data (files or folders) using a 256-bit algorithm, and that you can back up and import data. The downside is that the interface is not that good looking; I feels a bit dated. Another downside is that Folder SafeBox is shareware, and the simple truth of the matter is that there are various other free encrypting tools out there.

Additional information on Folder SafeBox is available here.






Tags: Security, Encryption, Windows, Microsoft, Folder SafeBox, SteelSoft
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