AxCrypt – File Security Made Easy

February 17, 2017

If you are concerned about file (and folder) security, AxCrypt 2.0 is good choice in protecting what matters to you. In addition to the full install version, there is a portable version, as well as, a mobile app (for Android and iOS).

AxCrypt works as a separate program in it’s own window, but it’s also fully integrated into the Windows Explorer – the part of Windows where you browse your folders and files. Here is a quick video tutorial on how to use the basic functions of AxCrypt 2.0.

AxCrypt is a simple file encryption software for Windows. It integrates seamlessly with your workflow to encrypt, decrypt, store, send and work with files.

New and Updated Features

  • 256 bit encryption
  • Mobile App for iOS
  • Mobile App for Android
  • Passwordless sharing
  • Portable app for Windows
  • Secured Folders
  • Cloud Service Awareness
  • Password Manager
  • Single sign in for encryption / decryption

Source: AxCrypt – File Security Made Easy


Hyper Crypt | Portable Encryption Software

January 5, 2017

Looking for a method to protect sensitive files and folders?  If so, Hyper Crypt may be of interest to you (see source link below). Hyper Crypt consists of a standalone (portable) executable file, a pdf manual and an updater that can be run on any Windows computer (Vista and higher)…

hyper-crypt

One thing I noticed that when you encrypt a folder, the files in the folder will appear as they normally would and no copy of the original is left behind. If you attempt to open any of the files, they will not open, due to the encyption. Don’t know if that is good or not, but works for me…

By default if you encrypt a single file, a copy of the original file is left behind; however, there is an option to change that.

Hyper Crypt uses the military-grade AES-256 algorithm for file and folder encryption, along with automatic integrity validation.

With Hyper Crypt, you can easily encrypt any kind of file, from documents, to pictures and videos.

Source: Hyper Crypt | Portable Encryption Software


A Solution To Auto-Encrypt Files That You Store In The Cloud

June 7, 2016

At times I think we are getting to comfortable with storing our personal files in the cloud; whether be Dropbox, GDrive, OneDrive, etc… Once those files leave your PC they are out there and in essence will always be out there (even if you delete them).  A level of protection to look at that I found at I Love Free Software is Cryptomator.

I Love Free Software provides a very nice (and brief) tutorial on how to set up Cryptomator to ultimately encrypt the files you are syncing with Dropbox; however, as pointed out, this process will work with many of the online cloud drive providers.

HOW TO AUTO ENCRYPT FILES
BEFORE UPLOADING THEM TO DROPBOX

 


Shut Down Windows 8 With Shutdown8

June 11, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Shut Down Windows 8 With Shutdown8 – After the release of Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft did make things better for people to navigate around; however, shutting down the PC is still a hidden component (when you are on the desktop side of Windows 8).

To remedy this issue on my Windows 8 computer, I installed a little program called Shutdown8.

Shutdown8

Shutdown8 is available as an install file or a portable app. I went for the portable app version. Once you get it installed, pin the Shutdown8 executable file to your taskbar making it very handy to shutdown your PC.

Not only does Shutdown8 provide convenience in shutting down your PC, it also has the following features:

  • Shuts down/powers off computers at a specified time
  • Users can set the timer with the [+][-] keys or the mouse wheel button
  • Hibernate Mode: Saves the contents from the RAM to a hard disk and shuts down
  • Sleep Mode: Saves the state of the computer to RAM and enters a low-power mode
  • Works well with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 2, 2013

August 2, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

  • A very cool and easy way to keep your data secure and safe on your USB Flash Drive (or computer);
  • I love weather apps and I truly think I found the mother of all weather apps that is not only beautiful, but very practical;
  • Curiosity the Mars Rover has been on Mars for a year. I encourage you to watch this video, 12 Months In Twelve Minutes; Curiosity’s First Year On Mars; AND,
  • The Google Chromebook has caught my eye and is a good example of what direction computing is heading !

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A Free Program To Keep Your Data Secure and Safe On Your USB Flash Drive

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It is very easy to encrypt your files and folders using a free program and to keep your data secure and safe on USB Pen Drive. You can also open this on any computer running Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 and you don’t even have to install anything on the computer… READ MORE


Beautiful Weather Graphs and Maps

@ WeatherSpark

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  • A rich, interactive map with the current conditions from thousands of locations worldwide.
  • Incredibly smooth radar playback for the last two hours – or any period in the last five years. US only, extended playback is subscription only
  • Pan and zoom through a graphical forecast, seamlessly transitioning to averages and historical data.
  • Compare the weather across locations for any time period.
  • Multiple forecasts shown in seventeen graphs – get precisely the data you want.

GET IT HERE


Twelve Months in Two Minutes;
Curiosity’s First Year on Mars


Curiosity

Here is a rover’s eye view of driving, scooping and drilling during Curiosity’s first year on Mars, August 2012 through July 2013.


Chromebook – The NEW Computer From Google

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The Chromebook is a new computer from Google that’s simple, lightweight and easy to use. Starts in seconds, backs-up your stuff in the cloud and keeps it safe with built-in virus protection. It’s the ideal device for getting stuff done everywhere you go… READ MORE


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Hide Your Serial Numbers, Passwords, Phone Numbers and Everyday Notes In A Safe Place

May 7, 2013

A program that I use on a regular basis to protect and hide my personal text based notes is called Steganos LockNote.  In a sense it is like notepad with an encryption option.

Steganos LockNote

Store your most valuable notes as a LockNote
Hide your serial numbers, passwords, phone numbers and everyday notes in a safe place. Your informations will be encrypted using a password and most modern AES 256bit encryption technology.

Secure, yet simple
Just double-click a LockNote and enter your password to access your text files as usual.

No installation required
Move LockNotes wherever you want, as often as you want. A LockNote document does not require much more hard drive space than an unencrypted document.

Encrypt existing text files in no time at all
Simply drag and drop existing text files on a LockNote window: they will be encrypted automatically.

Open and free
LockNote is open source and is based upon open source technologies, e.g. the certified CryptoPP program library for strong encryption.

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For the first time users can setup & maintain their router easily from its highly intuitive touch screen. You can avoid the cumbersome PC/Mac based setup that is common with other routers. Its dual purpose — You can use it either as a Wireless Router or a Range Extender

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Hide, Lock and Protect Your Files With This Unique Software

September 5, 2012

Carrying files on a flash drive is an easy method of transporting files to and from the office; BUT, did you ever stop and think; what the consequences would be if you lost the drive. Would you be exposing sensitive files and data to someone that found the drive that ultimately could come back to haunt you? Portable flash drives are small and can very easily lost or misplaced.

There are numerous methods available to encrypt files but most of the those methods can be time consuming, still can expose or give hints to the nature of the file data, and in most instances cannot be fully used on other PC’s due to limited access rights. As always, prior to transporting data to/from your home PC to another site (e.g. work), make sure you have permission to do so (e.g. consult with your network administrator).

I have experimented with many software utilities that will encrypt data on a drive to deter and prevent exposure of the data. If you do not know what encryption is, do not let the term scare you.

encryption is the process of transforming information (referred to as plaintext) using an algorithm (called cipher) to make it unreadable to anyone except those possessing special knowledge, usually referred to as a key. [ source: WikiPedia ]

An utility that I recently started to use and have been quite impressed with is called FREE SafeHouse Explorer.  FREE Safehouse Explorer is a FREE (never expires) product that is offered by a company called PCDynamics, Inc. to promote their other commercial products and to promote the importance of data privacy.

SafeHouse

FREE SafeHouse Explorer is initially installed on your PC, BUT there is a menu option in SafeHouse to copy the program to your flash drive or any external media. Once on your flash drive you will be prompted to create a volume storage area.  The volume storage area can be any size up to 2000 Gigabytes… In my case I have an 8 Gig flash drive and I created a 2 Gig volume area to store my sensitive files. Once your volume has been created, the actual program on the flash drive, called “SafeHouse Explorer” is the program that you use to move, copy, and delete files in the protected volume; thus, it makes no difference if you have administrative access rights on the PC or not. Basically, in summary, the  files that you intend on protecting are hidden inside this volume file that gives no hint of what the data may or could be. You can also backup these volume files; and to open them, you only need the “SafeHouse Explorer” program.  SafeHouse Explorer is very similar to Windows Explorer in appearance and operation. There are many features to this program, requires a minimal learning curve, and in the end I feel comfortable with the protection if offers in the event my drive is lost or stolen.

SafeHouse Explorer In Action

Main Features:

SafeHouse Explorer makes your secret files invisible and hides them from snoopers, intruders and anyone else who doesn’t have your permission to view them.

SafeHouse Explorer uses passwords and maximum-strength 256-bit advanced encryption to completely hide and defend your sensitive files, including photos, videos, spreadsheets, databases and just about any other kind of file that you might have.

SafeHouse Explorer can protect files residing on any drive, including memory sticks, external USB drives, network servers, CD/DVDs and even iPods. Supports U3 Smart Drives.

SafeHouse Explorer creates hidden private storage areas on your local hard drive or external media to hold your confidential files. Your files are completely invisible until you enter your password. After you enter your secret password, you access your files using SafeHouse Explorer’s familiar drag-and-drop Explorer-like interface.

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