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Fort Professional 4.1.0.0 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Fort Professional 4.1.0.0

Fort is file encryption and password management software for Windows.
$99.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 72 (80%) 18 (20%) 59 comments

Fort Professional 4.1.0.0 was available as a giveaway on April 21, 2018!

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Protect your data, block the specified folders, Create Encrypted Drives.

Fort is file encryption and password management software for Windows. Fort offers an easy and reliable encryption of files. Password protecting files and folders has never been easier. Fort can be also used to encrypt files and directories in Onedrive, Dropbox and other similar services.

Features:

  • Keyfile support;
  • Avoid keyloggers, use virtual keyboards;
  • Detects data tampering;
  • AES 256bit encryption;
  • Encrypt using a passphrase, a keyfile or combination of both for extra security;
  • Detects data tampering;
  • Can be run from a USB drive, portable version available.
  • Easy to use and easy to install;

NB: Some antivirus programs might disallow Fort from working. Users can disable the antivirus, install the software, and enable it again. Please, be sure that all the programs are tested clean on www.virustotal before they go live.

License: Lifetime.

System Requirements:

Windows Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10 (x32/x64); NET Framework 4 or later; Languages: English, Finnish, Brazil, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Czech, Farsi(Persian), French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian

Publisher:

Niko Rosvall

Homepage:

https://www.cryptoextension.eu/

File Size:

2.1 MB

Price:

$99.00

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#19

can I just use a file backup like with EaseUS Todo and create (1) single file and have it encrypt ?

Reply   |   Comment by crownstarT  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#18

Anyone know a faster way to remove multiple files from the file vault ?

Reply   |   Comment by crownstarT  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#17

Thanks very good

Reply   |   Comment by John Wilson  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#16

Suggestions:

(1) I was looking for (expecting) a downloadable User Guide, perhaps in PDF format, that would explain the concepts behind Fort as wall as everything about how to use Fort.

(2) I would like to see a context menu entry (right mouse click) to select files for encryption directly from within File Explorer. That would be quite handy. Perhaps in a future version, Niko, if you think it's useful feature.

Reply   |   Comment by Tony Austin  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Tony Austin, Fort actually included context menu entry. After installing Fort you can right click any file or folder, then you will see "Fort"-submenu.

Reply   |   Comment by Niko Rosvall  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#15

I had an earlier version of Fort and un-installed it to install the Pro version. Decrypting files encrypted under the older version worked fine, but re-encrypting them with the password previously used, results in a message advising that the password isn't strong enough, I don't want the make the passwords so strong that I can't remember them and have to record them somewhere else.Niko perhaps you can advise.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Hi Mike, there's an option in the settings dialog to disable the password strength check. That should help.

Cheers,
Niko

Reply   |   Comment by Niko Rosvall  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Niko Rosvall,
Thanks for the prompt reply , I changed the setting as advised and it works fine.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#14

Seems like a very fine piece of work. Installed easily, encryption works instantly. Appreciate having users save themselves from horrible errors (backup before encrypting, etc.)
Haven't worked with managing passwords yet, but I expect this to be just as strong and easy for that purpose. Don't think I'll have any doubt about recommending this software. Thank you for the GOTD.
(Also, not sure where you're located, but I worked in Helsinki several times and find Finland to be a beautiful memory for me.)

Reply   |   Comment by Michael  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Michael, We're located in Finland, city called Tampere. Thanks :)

Reply   |   Comment by Niko Rosvall  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#13

Installing the portable from your website gave me the same setup and resulted on no selection where to install. Got it on my C drive which was not the goal. Pls. advise.
Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Bernard  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Bernard, Portable version does not include installer. See https://file-encryption-for-windows.cryptoextension.eu/downloads.html Fort Portable. Just unzip and run the FortPortable.exe. No need to install anything.

Reply   |   Comment by Niko Rosvall  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Bernard,
If you have a Windows 64 bit OS, run the program then launch Task Manager via Ctrl+Alt+Delete. Look for the executable running in task manager. If you don't see a *32 to the right of your running executable name, then it's a 64 bit program and you can easily put the folder in C:\Program Files then make the appropriate shortcuts to your desktop for future launching. Hope this helps.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Robert,
Conversely, if you do see a *32 after the running executable name, then put the folder in C:\Program Files (x86)

Reply   |   Comment by Robert  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

Bernard,
It's portable. It does give you the option to choose where to extract it to when unzipping it. If you did not choose the right place and it extracted into your downloads folder, you can just drag and drop the extracted folder to wherever you want it. That is what I did.

I downloaded the portable 64 bit file from their website and it validated with the license key in the readme file from the download from here. Looks to be working fine but busy with something and no time to try now, just wanted to get in in time to beat the deadline.

I hope that helps.

And thank you to the developer and the GOTD team!

Reply   |   Comment by jboy  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#12

Hi...Can you import your passwords from another password program ? Also is there a way you can backup your passwords to an external source ?

Reply   |   Comment by Christopher Phillips  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Christopher Phillips, At the moment you can backup the passwords from the password manager to a file.

Reply   |   Comment by Niko Rosvall  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#11

Not portable friendly. I registered and setup the application. It worked great. After moving the files to another drive. The software loads then closes. No errors, nothing. It just closes after the saving message.

This is the same when using a USB and using it on a different device.

The problem sits in the file "PortableRegistry.dat" on line 4. Here when you load Fort for the first time, it makes a reference to the current location (e.g: "G:\fort_app" when you move to another computer or move the files to another drive or location (e.g: "E:\fort_app" or "G:\fort_soft") the application is trying to locate files in a location that doesn't exist and therefor closes unexpectedly without any errors.

You'll need to edit "PortableRegistry.dat" manually to fix the new location / drive each time you use it if the location is different.

Fort Portable should not really rely on this method. It could just simply look for the folder "\Libs\Lang" from it's "starting directory" instead. I've coded many applications and I've always done this myself.

Anyone worried about of losing passwords and the registration after this offer is available should backup the original zip file, the key and "PortableRegistry.dat" to a cloud such as Google Drive for future use in case of hardware failure or buy and support the developer if you like it or find you to use it a lot.

Reply   |   Comment by Anonymous  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

"current location" as in "C:\FortPortable\Libs\Lang" -> "\Libs\Lang"

Reply   |   Comment by Anonymous  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Anonymous, I need to investigate this one. Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by Niko Rosvall  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Anonymous and Niko,
You are correct that the problem is in essentially hard-coding the first-run path on line 4. I believe today's users can correct this with a ONE-TIME fix, however, by simply changing line 4 to ".\Libs\Lang" (minus the quotes; start with the period).

It seems that the portable version works by writing to the registry (HKCU), then removing the registry info when it closes. This isn't necessarily a problem, it's how many of the PortableApps programs handle things too, but just a note in case the method is important to anyone.

Niko, for the portable version I think it might be handy if it had only 1 download package that could auto-switch between x86 and x64 as appropriate for the system it's being run on. Otherwise, it becomes a pain trying to keep the database, settings, etc. sync'd between the two portable versions--unless the x86 version is fully functional on x64 systems, and doesn't have a significant performance hit either.

It looks like the 'only' differences between the two versions, according to a CRC comparison, are about 10 files in the Libs folder. One option could be to rename the files that are version-specific, include both versions in the download, and have the program choose as appropriate.

Thanks for this neat giveaway, I'm looking forward to trying it out more in the upcoming days!

Reply   |   Comment by PortablesFan  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Just a point of clarification, because it's late and my brain was tired:
By "ONE-TIME fix," I meant what seems to be a permanent fix--as opposed to "need to edit...manually...each time."
I hope the rest of my comment was at least clear enough to muddle through.

Reply   |   Comment by PortablesFan  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

PortablesFan, I tried this, changed line 4 to ".\libs\lang" and the program ran fine BUT upon exiting the program rewrote the PortableResgistry.dat with the FULL path, not the relative one. So you would have to do this everytime.
-John

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  12 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

I archive some folders to an external hard drive rather than maintain them on my desktop Windows PC. The external drive isn't permanently connected to the PC and kisn't permanently on; I turn it on only when I need to update a file in one of the archived folders.

It would be nice if I could use this software to encrypt a 'Finances' folder that's on the external drive but I don't know if it will work? I've tried several encryption apps before but although they work on the C drive (the desktop PC where installed) they don't seem to function where the external drive (usually Drive:G) is concerned.

Advice appreciated. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Claire  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Hi Claire. Fort will work for that purpose without problems.

Cheers,
Niko

Reply   |   Comment by Niko Rosvall  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#9

Open source or not this offer is worrisome. It comes across as "version 4.1.0.0, but AFAIK this is the only version ever released. If so it is not proven.

Additionally there is a complete scarcity of independent reviews.

Since it is unlikely anyone here has the tome or ability to proof the source, I would treat this with caution. Why turn over your critical files to a program/developer which is unrecognized by the security community.

Reply   |   Comment by Diver Dan  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Diver Dan, Eh. Fort has been around since 2015. It started from version 1.0. Even Bruce Schneier has included Fort in his world wide cryptography software survey. https://www.schneier.com/cryptography/paperfiles/worldwide-survey-of-encryption-products.pdf

Reply   |   Comment by Niko Rosvall  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Diver Dan, Fort has been around since 2015. Here's the changelog: https://file-encryption-for-windows.cryptoextension.eu/news.html.

Reply   |   Comment by Suze  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Diver Dan, why don't YOU write an independent review? ;-)

Reply   |   Comment by Tony Austin  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#8

Can a drive be encrypted using it or only files? TIA

Reply   |   Comment by werekong  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

werekong, Fort is for file encryption. It can encrypt files and folders. For drive encryption there's many other programs available.

Reply   |   Comment by Niko Rosvall  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

werekong, First off, if you are using Win7 Ultimate, there already is a tool for Drive Encryption. See the snapshot.
http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq12/pinso/2018-04-21_204903.jpg

Its does the job, but u shouldn't play when the task is in the process.
Won't install this, as i am already using WinRar for this kind of job.

Reply   |   Comment by Endomondo  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#7

For file/folder lock software, use either Paid For or Free.
Never use "giveaway with 1 day installation deadline" locking software.
Never use "giveaway with 1 year license" locking software.
There are many low price paid file/folder locking software.
There are many FREE file/folder locking software.
Try not to use locking software that has very complicated procedures.
Try not to use locking software that insists you lock an entire partition; if your intention is to only lock 1 file.

Reply   |   Comment by ricohflex  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

ricohflex, I wondered about this too, and checked (above) to ensure that it explicitly states "License: Lifetime"

GOTD team and/or Niko, just so that it's perfectly clear to everybody: ... Does this mean that Fort Professional 4.1.0.0 can be reinstalled after today's giveaway expiry date, and does it mean that reinstallation can only be on THE SAME Windows system, or can it be installed on ANY Windows system?

Reply   |   Comment by Tony Austin  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#6

Thank you for the great program. Easy to install, works very well. Very lightweight. Perfect.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian Elan  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#5

The disadvantage of such software is that if it is lost then the encrypted files are forever lost as well.
For people wishing to encrypt information, I suggest using the free and open-source VeraCrypt : https://www.veracrypt.fr/en/Home.html
VeraCrypt is the improved and verified successor of TrueCrypt. For safety, avoid wholly encrypting the boot partition.

Reply   |   Comment by Harry  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Harry, Not really true. The encryption part of the code is completely free and open source. So if Fort would disappear, it would be possible to use the open source code to replace Fort.

Anyway, Veracrypt is great software, but Fort is not trying to complete with it. Both software has a different purpose.

Reply   |   Comment by Niko Rosvall  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

Niko Rosvall,

You stated that "The encryption part of the code is completely free and open source".

Could you explain this a little further and provide a link.

It would be much appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

Regards,

consuella

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

consuella, Hi, here's some information https://file-encryption-for-windows.cryptoextension.eu/developers.html there's also a link to a Github.

Reply   |   Comment by Niko Rosvall  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

consuella, I am not Niko, but it is available for viewing from the website. https://file-encryption-for-windows.cryptoextension.eu/developers.html

Reply   |   Comment by DJ  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Harry,

stay away from Veracrypt unless you want to have your files corrupted and unrecoverable .... Tried it more than once, and eventually the files would always become corrupted .... Never had that issue with Truecrypt

Reply   |   Comment by bet  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Niko Rosvall,

Thank you Niko and DJ for your replies.

Much appreciated.

Regards,

consuella

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#4

Thank you but how to get the portable version? Is the installed one already portable?

Reply   |   Comment by hussein  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

hussein, Portable version can be downloaded from the homepage, use the same license key.

Reply   |   Comment by Niko Rosvall  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

Niko Rosvall, thank you sir.

Reply   |   Comment by hussein  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#3

If the computer it is installed on has a HDD crash, how do you recover anything encrypted etc.? This offer can only be installed within a 24hr timeframe, so would we have to buy the software for password etc. recovery?

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

Chris, You do not need to buy the software in such situations. The license code also works for Fort 4.1 if downloaded from the official website. https://cryptoextension.eu

Reply   |   Comment by Niko Rosvall  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)
#2

For some reason after the installation my whole pc was weird.

When i clicked anything on the browser, it opened it in a new tab (whatever i clicked)

My keyboard wasnt able to write some letters such as W and C

The programm crashed a few times and repeatet the "passcode" thing multiple times and did not save my Passwords that i created in the Password tab.

After deinstallation, as you can see, everything works fine again. Dont know what its up to.

I would love to use it, any ideas it was just a damaged installation? should i retry?

Reply   |   Comment by Max  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Max, author here. No idea really, the software does absolutely nothing that could affect browser or typing letters. Passwords in the password manager are saved instantly, always.

When the software crashed what was the error message? Fort throws an error if it crashes. Fort has been tested by multiple companies which use it for daily bases and from what I know there are no problems. I'm really interested, possibly help you to solve the issues.

Reply   |   Comment by Niko Rosvall  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

Niko Rosvall, iam gonna try again, thank you for replying

Reply   |   Comment by Max  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Niko Rosvall, dont really know what to do now, since i deinstalled everything there is no fks file anymore where my passwords were and i can not create a new one, do i have to reset the program via registry or anything?

Reply   |   Comment by Max  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Max, fks files do not store passwords. They are key files. You can create a new keyfile anytime you want. Also uninstalling does not delete key files, it could not, they are files which the installer does not know anything about. So, the fks file is still on your computer, or at least uninstalling Fort did not delete it, it can't.

Reply   |   Comment by Niko Rosvall  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Niko Rosvall, ok ok, it was in my bin for some reason, got it back. Tho the prgramm still says: "Something went wrong, cannot decrypt passwords. Operation aborted."

I assumed it wants the passphrase that i created at the very first, because i did not create another after reinstalling. sorry for the inconvinence dude ^^

Reply   |   Comment by Max  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Niko Rosvall, okay so atm this program is not usable at all, the weird issues i had at first are gone, but i can not use any password manager stuff because i cannot enter it with my passphrase. It always shows the error message.

I dont mind having to redo all the password information but id like to setup a new passphrase and keyfile because of that error thingy

How do i reset it?

Reply   |   Comment by Max  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

Great software easy to use and easy to install/register and a life time license
Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert Martin  –  Last year  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
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