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Giveaway of the day — Paragon Encrypted Disk 4.0 (English Version)

Paragon Encrypted Disk is a set of system drivers, plug-ins, wizards and utilities to store your data in an encrypted form but use these data in a common way as if they are not encrypted.
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Paragon Encrypted Disk 4.0 (English Version) was available as a giveaway on June 30, 2009!

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Advanced application uninstaller for Windows 7-10.

Every day we experience a number of threats to our private life and private information. If you want to guard your private life Paragon Software has a perfect solution - Encrypted Disk. Ease the pressure on your privacy! Paragon Encrypted Disk is a set of system drivers, plug-ins, wizards and utilities to store your data in an encrypted form but use these data in a common way as if they are not encrypted.

  • Store your data in an encrypted form but use these data in a common way as if they are not encrypted.
  • Create any number of encrypted disks (mounted) and copy folders and files to and from it, create and edit files there by any program.
  • Write encrypted disk container to any compact media (e.g. a CD/DVD, a USB flash memory drive etc) and always carry it with you.

Detailed Product Information is available at Paragon Encrypted Disk website (http://www.paragon-software.com/home/encrypted-disk/index.html).

Technical Support:
During the Giveaway period Paragon Software provides technical support at http://twitter.com/paragonsoftware. Please, post your questions if you have any troubles while downloading, registering and using the software. Paragon Software’s support team will reply you as soon as possible.

System Requirements:

Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista (32-bit)/Windows 7 (32-bit); Intel Pentium CPU or its equivalent, with 300 MHz processor clock speed 64 MB of RAM; Hard disk drive with 12MB of available space; SVGA video adapter and monitor; Mouse

Publisher:

Paragon Software

Homepage:

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/encrypted-disk/index.html

File Size:

4.77 MB

Price:

$29.95

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#78

#78 Thank you for support!

Sure, understanding the source code logic is needed as well. Even if 'advanced' open source user manages to build the software product from the source, in 99.9% of cases he won't examine the source code just because it will take from days to weeks to understand what is under the hood.

So I see no point in blindly defending the point of view that open source products are more robust and secure. Does anybody know the names of well-known security experts who examined the source code of the specific open source product? I guess nobody does.

To the contrary, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) maintains the official list of certified software implementations of AES cipher available here:
Current list of FIPS 140 validated cryptographic modules with validated AES implementations

For some strange reason I don't see there any references to open source software being actively defended here and other forums ;-)

I suppose this eliminates all the myths.

If someone don't like the idea of paying for software (I think this is the case for many open source followers), they can freely use open source products. This is their freedom of choice. But to my mind, saying that open source is better than commercial software only because it is open source without providing any verifiable arguments is at least wrong.

Reply   |   Comment by Rene  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#77

#77 Rene, I think you're so right about this and it was about time that this was shared with the general public.

When open source offers software for free, that is an important property appealing to those with a small purse. A forum to address your problems will be good enough. While a business wants someone to be responsible for problems with the software. It will not accept best effort by a forum.

Compiling your own executables is one thing, but understanding the programming from the source is another I might add to Rene's comment.

Suppose you are able to compile the executable from the source like Rene stated, will you also closely examen the source, some backdoor might be coded there aswell.
Open Source community will defend by saying everybody can look into it, even rocket-scientists, but do they?
And if they do, are you sure that the original source code is published at the site where you are?

Do you think this is plain paranoia. Wel thinking only Open Source is save is paranoia too by the same standards.

The best thing to do is getting the software that gets your stuff done because of the properties it has (Rene gave examples) and get it from a descent site (i.e. not a pirate-site) with some trustable track-record.

Reply   |   Comment by Convinced -Rene is Right-  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#76

Many people commented that open source software is 'more secure and reliable' in all aspects. I would like to ask a simple question to these guys: why are you so sure about this?

TO CLAIM THAT SOME OPEN SOURCE PRODUCT IS SAFER THAN A COMMERCIAL ONE, YOU MUST COMPILE AND BUILD IT FROM THE SOURCE CODE and use the resulting binaries on your machine. I'm almost sure that hardly anyone of you had ever done that. All that you did was just install the already built installation package.

To begin with, you can't know for sure whether it was built from the same source code that is published on the project's site unless you are the site's owner. So I would not judge about product's value only by whether it's free or not.

Without doubt Truecrypt is a good software. But as any other software project it has its specific audience. Other products (including commercial ones) have their own.

Personally, I like the features provided by TrueCrypt, but its user interface and usability in general are far away from ideal. The most obvious disadvantage of many open source projects is the lack of any support. If you got into trouble, depending on how lucky you are you may find the solution in community forums. Nobody will care about your personal trouble. In case of commercial software you will have somebody to whine to. At least you'll receive apologizes from the vendor :-)

So, before crying out of loud 'TrueCrypt and open source rules' at every corner, I suggest you to take a look at other products such as already mentioned Paragon Encrypted Drive and these ones:

Aldenate Secure Disk

Jetico BestCrypt
PGP Whole Disk Encryption

In my opinion, these products have their unique features that you will not find in any open source product. For instance, try to create a container larger than 4GB on a FAT volume in TrueCrypt. Aldenate Secure Disk allows doing this without hassle and can create dynamic sized images. Imagine how long will it take to create 1 TB (Terabyte) container in TrueCrypt? Days? Weeks? It takes seconds in Aldenate's solution.
The ability to encrypt your system drive was implemented in PGP long before it was done in TrueCrypt. So the facts say that TrueCrypt is not the only one solution on this planet :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Rene  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#75

saalam nice work download free registered softwares

Reply   |   Comment by hira  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#74

Before I start my review, I always use a virgin VHD while testing software to avoid hosing my system, and ensure that my evaluations are not tainted by other installed applications.

Program installed with out incident on both Windows 7 RC 32-bit and Windows Vista 32-bit SP2.

The Windows Shell Extensions in Windows 7 results in numerous crashes of explorer.exe

Use of this application produced a noticeable slowdown of the whole operating system, this is even more noticeable while using the encrypt on the fly options.

As is true with all Paragon software the uninstall leaves behind, unnecessary folders, dll files, and numerous registry entries.

Reply   |   Comment by Sherman  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#73

#57, mike, I do agree that key strength is very important. However, most encryption apps support a combination of keyfiles and keys. This gives the strongest security--something you know, plus something you have. Additionally, this provides some protection from keyloggers. Of course, keyfiles must be backed up. It's best to keep keyfiles on a USB flash drive attached to your keychain--that way, you won't leave it. Most security apps keep the keys in RAM until you terminate the session, so you can remove the drive/card containing the keyfile. Of course, drives/cards can have their own encryption. What a keyfile consists of depends on the app. TrueCrypt will take anything, including multiple keyfiles.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#72

Downloaded twice, also tried mirror link, tried setup after having disabled G-Data firewall and Avira Antivir for 5 min., but always get "Failed to connect. Please try again later". Can anybody help please?
Thanks a lot!

Reply   |   Comment by Laptop57  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#71

#55, mike, I have to disagree with some of your assessments. I've never worked anywhere where it was necessary to hide my work from co-workers who might "steal" it, I worked in cooperative environments (well, OK, some people are difficult to work with). User accounts and passwords are sufficient for the trivial cases you suggest. There are numerous ways to limit what particular accounts can do, an easy way on Vista and higher is Parental Controls. If you need serious security, then you need serious encryption, and the open-source solutions are the only ones which qualify. "Hiding" encrypted disks is a load of crap, I think the security "experts" have seen too many B-movies. You might be able to hide stuff from your mother or a drunken college roommate, but not from anyone with any knowledge of computers. Files containing apparently random data are a clear tip-off that they're encrypted, no matter what filename or extension they have. You can't really hide encrypted partitions--again, you would have apparently random data occupying part of the disk, reducing space available for unencrypted partitions. No one pays for a hard disk and fails to allocate all of it to usable partitions. As for someone serious enough to kidnap you, torture your passwords out of you, and kill you when they've got them, do you really think that they wouldn't notice that you gave them a password to a decoy OS which doesn't occupy the entire disk? As for steganography, there are mathematical ways to determine its presence. TrueCrypt's strength isn't that it "hides" stuff, but that it's secure, which proprietary solutions can't guarantee, high-performance, and can optionally encrypt the system volume.

For many simple cases, file/folder encryption like AxCrypt is not only sufficient, but may be preferable to an OTFE solution, both from a performance and space-allocation perspective. FreeOTFE and AxCrypt both have no-install executables which can read their files.

Encrypted Disk doesn't create PNF files, nor does it backup INF/PNF files and drivers. INF files are setup INFormation files, PNF files are corresponding Precompiled versions which Windows creates for performance. Driver rollback is a feature of XP and higher, which creates backups when new drivers are installed.

I have no problem with companies charging money for innovative products, but there's nothing to be gained from developing inferior solutions to well-established open-source software products.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#70

AS much as i like Paragon Software & I do. much, I'm skipping this one I don't have much to hide on my PC and I use only Vista Ultimate which has an update called "Bit Locker", I can encrypt my entire drive with that in a few minutes without sweating "how am I gonna gain back my access?"
I also have 2 independent data backups on other drives, just in case. yep, I'm a backup junkie, not an encrypt/hide junkie! I can do it all with Ultimate, including a complete drive image hat DOES return a stable system. Something I couldn't ever say with a 3rd party drive imaging application. If you think you mihjt have need for todays offer, grab a copy. Paragon is a quality vendor!

Reply   |   Comment by who said that  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#69

Well, this program has Blowfish. Does TrueCrypt have this algorithm option?? I didn't see it on their site.

Reply   |   Comment by Ursula  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#68

I agree with #38. I value the comments made by people giving free (or any positive) alternatives to the offer of the day. Indeed I have opted to download software recommended by a comment. The important thing for me is that people say why they like (or dislike) software. I know the info is probably available in other places too but I like it here.

Please don't stop posting alternatives to the offer of the day. I for one value them and cheers for taking time to type them!!

Reply   |   Comment by Happy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#67

If you're unlucky enough to get a system failure or something like that and have to access your files again, you can just install the trial if you don't need it for more than a day to just decrypt your files.
No harm done.

Reply   |   Comment by Foggy  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#66

If you need encryption, you should probably invest in a second computer that you never hook up to the Internet. You might even want to remove the modem. I doubt that any of these small companies can keep up with the robbers.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#65

#29 HAHAHAH HAAAHAHA AHA HA HA HA -- Furball. Love it. Asschaff isn't posting here very much lately either. Wonder why?

#12 - How it (or if it ) "knows" it's "you" depends on the kind of encryption. Public/Private key technology... You and only you are always holding a piece of the puzzle, and unless that 'key' is present, the file can't open. So if someone else shows up - they've got the wrong key to manipulate the file(s). Way over-simplified, but you can use Wikipedia and look it up here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public-key_cryptography

- Ric AKA Ricardo Rabbit

Reply   |   Comment by Richard Hempstington  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#64

If an encrypted hard disk crashes, example: sector corruption or failure, and it becomes necessary to run CHKDSK or another recovery program - can the encrypted data be restored?

I would think that some physical change to a file or to the hard disk structure could result in a situation where recovery of data is not possible. Someone mentioned earlier putting all encrypted data in a single file (such was done with old disk compression software). In this case I would doubt that any recovery would be possible.

If I have a hard disk crash, the question of the possibility of recovery at all could become more important to me than the question of how much is it going to cost to purchase the original encryption program. When encryption by hardware or software is discussed, I would like to see a statement on how recovery can be accomplished (the ease and mechanism).

Reply   |   Comment by Friedfrog  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#63

If you are worried about your pc crashing in the future...
I have done this with several of Give Away of Day Programs.
Copied the program to memory stick , or you could use a cd etc.
Anyways, I have in the past been able to move the programs to
other computers. Just an option to protect you down the road
just save the installed give away program and reinstall it if needed
after reformatting etc..
Hope this helps.

Reply   |   Comment by Kitesuffer  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#62

@56: Good luck with that. Especially if you use any type of temp file cleaner.
I also am a big fan of Paragon. Great software. However, I am a much bigger fan of Truecrypt, FreeOTFE & Axecrypt. Probably more than anything else, encryption software is better off open source. It is quite possible that most if not all of the commercial encryption software providers have a master header key.
Truecrypt does not. If you ever wonder how secure TC is: Forget the key to one of your volumes, just once. You won't doubt their security again.

Reply   |   Comment by Rush  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#61

For #40.Because you must to be specialist in IT more than in Windows.I try with Suse Linux when Windows XP crash and recover posibility to boot from my CD with XP and i install again XP.Why? Because i don't know to make setting at connection with internet.Too many details for specialist not like in Windows.I don't say that Linux is not good,but you must to be more specialist than in windows.Another answer is ;i'm happy with XP SP3 32.

Reply   |   Comment by Ignat Titus  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#60

#10 Click on the registration icon above the product key field. You will then be sent to fill out a registration form.

Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#59

On Vista sp 2 x64 won't install.

Reply   |   Comment by asucme  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#58

I have to once again remind you of the risk involved using proprietary encryption. There might be flaws due to problems with the algorithms or their implementation.
I prefer OpenSource like TrueCrypt which - due to the availability of the source code - has been analyzed by numerous security experts and mathematicans.
Can you absolutely be sure there is no backdoor in this software? Can you absolutely be sure the password isn't stored somewhere in the container, perhaps encrypted with another secret pasword? (like "NSA") You can only be sure with OpenSource.
Conclusion: For ALL THINGS ENCRYPTING PLEASE USE VALIDATED OPENSOURCE ONLY.

Reply   |   Comment by Olray  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#57

I won't download this product for two very simple reasons:
1. There are other free (forever) and much solid alternatives, like Fubar and many others pointed out
2. I don't want to be forced to buy this sw in the future for accessing my files just because today I made the wrong decision to get it for free. (I can easily get the unpacked exe from the temp folder but I'm afraid they'll still check the key+date)

@all those guys attacking Fubar
Get lost...
Fubar is my favorite and most reliable source of info. Not only he's savvy. He's a real pro! Anyone that frequent this website should know this by now.
Maybe you use your pc only for fun and don't mind about backing up and reinstall everything often; but I do.
So if I have to install a software that can cripples my PC for whatever dumb reason (on the programmer side), I'd like to know prior.
Obviously no vendor would like to warn me about this.
That's where Fubar can save the day.

Finally, like others pointed out, this board is a commercial one. Therefore it is understandable that there are some "supportive" people around. Anyhow, multiple IDs and flaming should not be allowed at all. Since comments get moderated, I wonder where (or who) the moderators are...

Conclusion:
That's *petty* to recommend crippled *stuff*. *who said that* I should try everything around the web? :))

Reply   |   Comment by alsitn  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#56

Encryption, like any sort of security, is only as good as its weakest link -- in this case the user. Security is a hassle, & the better the security, usually the more hassle it is -- the more hassle it is, the more likely we are to skip steps, if we don't skip taking security measures entirely. The primary hassle with PC security obviously is managing the key.

Any key should be both random & long, making it difficult (if not near impossible) to memorize... Microsoft & others recommend picking letters that remind you of a phrase you'll remember, which isn't as secure, but for some people it's doable. You can write it down, but anyone that has access to your PC might also have access to that slip of paper, plus it can get lost, & using special characters as recommended can be a big challenge. If you'll put up with the hassle you can hide your password, which is more secure than having it sitting in plain view, but still weaker than not having it someplace it can be discovered... you can record it in a text file, then rename that file to blend in with the thousands of .dll files in Windows' System32 folder. Hiding your key that way does weaken security, but if you'll use it with a strong key, it's better than simply using someone's name or birthday you're certain you'll remember. On the downside, if you don't use a key regularly you'll likely forget where you put it, & if you do use it often, there's a strong temptation not to put it back into hiding.

Paragon Encrypted Disk & comparable security software take it a step further... rather than type or copy/paste your key, you can use a file as the key itself. While this is convenient -- you can stick it on a USB stick or flash memory card -- you still have the same problems as writing your password down on a slip of paper, only now it's harder to hide, & more likely to attract the attention of someone up to no good [they might not know about the key, but simply want to steal your USB stick]. Hardware, like a slip of paper, also wears out.

Long story short, while many folks debate whether this security software or that is superior, much (most?) of the time in actual use the relative strength of a security app is irrelevant. You can have the world's strongest commercial lock, & it doesn't matter one bit of you don't lock the door, or if you leave a key under the mat, or if you have a window that allows access, or if you use a $2 lock on the back door.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#55

#51: "@everyone: if you do use today’s Giveaway, be aware that you will need to purchase the full product if you need to reinstall in the future (e.g. to recover from a failure) unless you have a complete backup"

On the 1st Paragon Giveaway, Kiwi from Paragon commented ... perhaps Paragon can make the standalone files available for download on their website.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)
#54

The way you use Paragon Encrypted Disk, is a lot like the encryption built into some versions of Windows... it's designed for tranparent access for authorized users, and no attempts are made to hide any encrypted disks, which is TrueCrypt's forte. If there's something you want to hide from everyone, then TrueCrypt's the way to go -- if you want to keep co-workers from stealing your work, or make sure family members don't screw up a project from work, Paragon Encrypted Disk may be ideal. The way it handles encrypted disks reminds me of Virtual Machines, where you create a sort of image file, with the contents not visible until it's opened (in this case mounted) by the appropriate software. You access the software, & any encrypted disks [it appears you can have as many as you want], through either a tray app or extensions in Windows' Explorer. While you can create encrypted disks on removable drives, portability is limited since you need the drivers installed to mount any disks -- that also limits unapproved use for work when/if you don't have full control over your PC/laptop.

To mount these encrypted disks, (in XP Pro SP3 32) Paragon Encrypted Disk added 2 C+ code libraries from Microsoft: msvcr71d.dll & msvcp71d.dll. In the Windows' System32\Drivers folder it adds (or updates) 5 files: UimBus.sys [Image Mounter SCSI Port Driver], UimFIO.sys [Image Mounter File I/O], UimCrAes.sys, UimCrStd.sys [encryption plug-ins], & Uim_ed.sys [Image Mounter]. And it adds uimbus.inf & uimbus.PNF. Older versions of the .inf/.pnf files are stored, along with copies of the original updated drivers (if present), so you can do a roll-back. It makes quite a few additions/changes to the registry, which is unavoidable when you're dealing with drivers, but all in all it doesn't really have that much of a footprint. The files in the program folder itself total less than 3 MB.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)
#53

#49
it seems you need a software capable of incremental backup
maybe Freebyte Backup is what you are looking for:
http://www.freebyte.com/fbbackup/
see: Incremental backup options
or you can try to find what you need e.g. at Back up section of Softpedia ;-)
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/
Hint: EZBack-it-up:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/EZBack-it-up.shtml
"Efficient. Incremental style backup - only backs up files if they were created or modified since the previous backup."

Reply   |   Comment by peli11  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#52

I do understand,that the guys from Paragon,don't tell you to register.
Their software is just to good to waste it on "unbelievers".

Offcourse,as a regular visitar,you should KNOW that by now.

And indeed,as usual i registred myself(again,4 times now),got my PRODUCT KEY / USER NAME:** and SERIAL NUMBER**.
Thanks GOTD and Paragon for this very nice and intuative software.
A must have, especially for beginners.
I just love it and know too well,it's validity.
Will be using this for years.

Reply   |   Comment by @lfr@n  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)
#51

To Keith H.: I paid for it but I use Acronis True Image. It was recommended to me by my uncle who's been in IT since I was in high school (and I've been out for 15 years). :-)

acronis.com

Reply   |   Comment by Alison  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#50

@IZE: I appreciate your effort to help us discover what is available on the market. I would, however, caution about appearing to be a fanboi for one particular product, that is, gushing effusively over it and minimizing its obvious shortcomings without mentioning the many other similar products. Yes, the free software you linked to has some usefulness, but you can't really compare it to today's offering, or full-featured free products like TrueCrypt. If the older version you linked to is completely free and not crippleware, that should be a restriction worth mentioning, since people would need to purchase the product to get security updates or support. Again, I don't mind people mentioning paid-for alternatives to a particular Giveaway; competition is good for end-users. I just dislike comments that appear to be written by someone with an axe to grind, who appears quite biased rather than helping with objective references.

@everyone: if you do use today's Giveaway, be aware that you will need to purchase the full product if you need to reinstall in the future (e.g. to recover from a failure) unless you have a complete backup in the clear or encrypted another way, e.g. with 7-zip. Purchasing is not a bad thing, I'm sure the price is fair and the vendor deserves to be paid. But it is something to consider, particularly when evaluating this for everyday use alongside other products that can be reinstalled without purchasing and are regularly maintained/upgraded with no restrictions. In that respect, it might be better to think of today's giveaway as a "demoware", where you get to use the product for an extended trial until you replace your hard disk or purchase a new computer, at which point you will need to purchase.

Reply   |   Comment by Terry  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#49

>>Paragon Encrypted Disk is a set of system drivers,
>>plug-ins, wizards and utilities to store your data
>>in an encrypted form but use these data
>>in a common way as if they are not encrypted.


pointless!!!!!!!
if someone can access your computer console,
they can also access the decrypting algorythms of
this software
what's the point?

Reply   |   Comment by heavyhitter  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-16)
#48

Since crashed disks have been a theme post, I'd really like advice on backup software. I'd like my entire drive (all settings, files, etc) backed up and only have the program update the changed files. I can't seem to find software that does it that way. It's either a full copy or files-only copy (excluding system, settings, etc.). I'm using XXClone (free version) once a week to copy the entire drive, but I'd like to do daily backups of the changed files only. Any suggestions or anything from GAOTD?

Reply   |   Comment by Keith H.  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#47

Now, IIRC, you could also achieve this by putting the Linux filesystem (ext3) onto an external drive and dual-booting Windows and Linux. If someone steals the external, they would likely have no idea how to access it (at the very least you'd need downloaded a program.) This would require nothing other than a working Linux distro.

Reply   |   Comment by Aimee M.  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)
#46

TrueCrypt does the same very well and its free. I've been using it for almost a year now and its rock solid. Don't waste your time fooling around with imitations.

Reply   |   Comment by Osgood  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#45

Installed and registered ok. The product is easier to use than Truecrypt, but it has only the basic features. It supports several encryption algorithms, and two ways of securing the credentials (password or key file). All in all it is an useful program if you don't like Truecrypt.

Reply   |   Comment by xunrage  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#44

In ref to #9 - interesting question. When you're wondering if its just you or is a site down for everyone... try this link to find out for sure...

Reply   |   Comment by Joe Kisonu  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-19)
#43

I agree with #3 that "The open-source solutions are free and more secure"
here is one more tip, FreeOTFE:
http://www.freeotfe.org/
rated Good (3.4/5) by 17 user(s) at Softpedia:
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Reply   |   Comment by peli11  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#42

#24, OF TE, yes, that's a good site, I linked it on a previous OTFE offering. Be aware that, like many comparison charts, many of the entries are out-of-date and may therefor be misleading. Also, note that only certain features are compared. Here's Sarah's Factsheet for Encrypted Disk (v3.02). Note that this is the previous version, and the website links are also old. However, I'm not impressed that Paragon doesn't say anywhere what the changes are with the 4.0 version, and the manual on their website is for version 3. You'll need to read the notes at the bottom of each Factsheet. Here's Sarah's Factsheet for her own open-source FreeOTFE (v4.71), which is current. It supports more hashes and cyphers than the others, as well as having the best smartcard / security token support. It may be the easiest to setup and use. Here's her Factsheet for TrueCrypt (v6.1a). Note that this is an older version. Her comparison doesn't indicate that TrueCrypt can encrypt the system volume, nor does it show the considerable performance optimizations in TrueCrypt.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#41

To continue …

I know there are other ways to make sure you have access in case of a machine crash. You can put the software on a second machine, or keep a backup of your data -securely- by just putting it unencrypted on a cd/disk in a safe in your home. You may be able to use this software to make self-extracting archives that will work even if you’ve lost the originally installed software. You can even just use a free alternative so you can always get the software back. I have no problem with all of this.

... soapbox mode on ...

What I want to “pop off” about is the sense that people here think GAOTD is an online place where vendors have just decided to get used to the idea that they have to give their software away free. (Not speaking specifically of the person I was originally responding to.)

To the vendors, who are trying to sell and make money so their kids don’t have to miss meals, GAOTD is a marketing option. They think that by putting their product out free for a day to folks like us, that they will get some good publicity. And folks, it works! I hope the group here provides some useful feedback to the vendors, and I do know that, after the giveaways, this particular page and product will be very near the top of the search engine searches. Basically, if a company like Paragon lets us get free copies of its software, we must wish that they get more money as a result. One end result will be, as it does happen under capitalism, that the vendors will buckle down and do the nose-to-the-grindstone bit even more to produce better and better products.

So … when I contemplate the ‘what if I need another setup.exe after the giveaway’ question, I always include buying a full price copy as a possible response.

... soapbox mode off ...

Reply   |   Comment by tom tac  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-21)
#40

Linux is free and open-source but why do lots of people use Windows?

Almost all comments here are about other programs. C'mon people, get a life. Download this program and try it yourself and then post your reviews on this giveaway compared to other software. If you want more information about the giveaway before you try it, then visit the vendor's website. If you still don't want to risk installing it, just keep away from the comments and wait for tomorrow's offer.

For the uninformed, there is a section called 'Giveaway Alternatives' in the forums to post your alternative software suggestions.

Reply   |   Comment by Jay V  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)
#39

To continue ...



I know there are other ways to make sure you have access in case of a machine crash. You can put the software on a second machine, or keep a backup of your data -securely- by just putting it unencrypted on a cd/disk in a safe in your home. You may be able to use this software to make self-extracting archives that will work even if you've lost the originally installed software. You can even just use a free alternative so you can always get the software back. I have no problem with all of this.

What I want to "pop off" about is the sense that people here think GAOTD is an online place where vendors have just decided to get used to the idea that they have to give their software away free. (Not speaking specifically of the person I was originally responding to.)

To the vendors, who are trying to sell and make money so their kids don't have to miss meals, GAOTD is a marketing option. They think that by putting their product out free for a day to folks like us, that they will get some good publicity. And folks, it works! I hope the group here provides some useful feedback to the vendors, and I do know that, after the giveaways, this particular page and product will be very near the top of the search engine searches. Basically, if a company like Paragon lets us get free copies of its software, we must wish that they get more money as a result. One end result will be, as it does happen under capitalism, that the vendors will buckle down and do the nose-to-the-grindstone bit even more to produce better and better products.

So ... when I contemplate the 'what if I need another setup.exe after the giveaway' question, I always include buying a full price copy as a possible response.

Reply   |   Comment by tom tac  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)
#38

@#23
I disagree. I think it's helpful to see other alternatives to the free version that's being offered on this site. Maybe you've been looking for something similar, and now there's a whole bunch to choose from. If there are better alternatives out there, I think it's a good idea to know about them.

Especially with something like encryption software, where closed source could be a problem. Also, this being free, if you ever need to reinstall it for any reason, you'd need to pay them before you can decrypt your files again.

Reply   |   Comment by cheese  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)
#37

Has anyone with Vista 64 tried this? The specs claim 32 bit vista/7 but also say XP not distinguishing between 32 and 64 bit.

Reply   |   Comment by DocSid  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)
#36

#30 creepy2610
> My only concern is:
>
> If something happen to your PC
> and you have only one harddrive,
> how can you install the setup
> again to get your Encrypted files back?

Please always remember -- The vendor's web site is always there, and will always sell you a copy. In the situation you described you might decide it is dirt cheap and would enjoy having continuous tech support, et cetera.

Reply   |   Comment by tom tac  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#35

Thank you for registering "Paragon Encrypted Disk 4.0 GAOTHD (English)"

GAOTHD typo?

Anyway great product!

Reply   |   Comment by HNicolai  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)
#34

#23 I have to disagree. I find the comments, arguments and suggestions on freeware alternatives to be as helpful or at least as helpful as getting the free commercial software. If I miss an offering, or am just wanting to figure out what to use for a particular need, the comments on this site are one of the best places to find a list of the pros and cons of similar programs.

Reply   |   Comment by Empress  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+38)
#33

I use Truecrypt. Works similar to this, and is free everday. It does the sam ething this software does. I have used Truecrytp for a few years now. Works great!

Reply   |   Comment by chuck  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#32

The problem with a "free" give-away version of a commercial encryption tool such as this is simple: if you have to reinstall, due to say a hard disk crash, then your encrypted data is held hostage until you purchase a copy of the application. Your "free" installation evaporated with your hard drive, and so has your encrypted data -- you'll need to purchase the package to get your data back. The vendor has you over a barrel. To avoid being caught in this trap, you should either just go out and buy the package now, or install a truly free package such as TrueCrypt.

Reply   |   Comment by a different phil  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)
#31

Fubar : I havwe no clue which version of Vista your using but if its a low grade one, you might wanna consider stepping up. I'm using Ultimte in both x86 & X64 on sepeer ate hard drives ith a Matris (boot( manager that is the first widow I see. like them both but with his ew X64 Dell XPS, I figured it was time. The X64 is way faster it's evey bit as stable as th e x86 sy
!

Reply   |   Comment by who said that  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-31)
#30

My only concern is:

If something happen to your PC and you have only one harddrive, how can you install the setup again to get your Encrypted files back?

Reply   |   Comment by creepy2610  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#29

#16 You have to excuse furball and the others who just don't seem to get it. The link you gave works, and like other "FREE" programs such as Advanced System Care, Super Anti Spyware and others (Which offer upgrades) it does have its limitations but can still be used to protect important information. Most people use Word processing documents to store their personal information so 100MB's will hold a lot of information. Who cares about protecting pictures, games or anything other than documents? I know I don't and never will.
Furball goes on to say you were accusing the developer of lying, I can only guess that he doesn't have his reading glasses on so he made it up or just can't see this morning. According to his description of the product you listed I find the free version would be very helpful in encrypring what "Secret" files or documents I have. I'll give Paragon a try just for the fact that it's free for to day, and hope if my system crashes or I have to do a system restore that it don't leave my protected thigs locked up without me having to purchase the product.

Reply   |   Comment by Petty Stuff  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-45)
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