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Giveaway of the day — Privacy Drive 3.1

Privacy Drive is an easy-to-use encryption software.
$79.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 126 (75%) 43 (25%) 48 comments

Privacy Drive 3.1 was available as a giveaway on February 21, 2016!

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A slideshow creator with videos, pictures and audio files.

Privacy Drive is an easy-to-use encryption software that uses Virtual Disk & On-the-fly Disk Encryption Technology to lock, hide and encrypt all kind of pictures, videos, documents, files and folders, password protects sensitive information from unauthorized access.

Using industry-leading strong encryption algorithms, Privacy Drive allows you to create multiple encrypted volumes to mount as virtual disks, you can use them just as other normal hard drives. All data on the virtual disks is stored in encrypted form and is automatically encrypted or decrypted right before they are saved or loaded, you do not need to manually encrypt or decrypt each and every file or folder.

When you are done, simply dismount the virtual disk/encrypted volume and all your important files and documents will be instantly protected. There is no data stored on an encrypted volume can be read (decrypted) without using the correct password. The entire file system within the encrypted volume is encrypted (e.g., file names, folder names, contents of every file, free space, meta data, etc.).

Furthermore, you can transfer your encrypted volumes via email, upload or backup, move or copy them to external hard drives, USB drives, Firewire drives, CD/DVD, Cloud Servers (such as Microsoft OneDrive or Google Drive) or any other portable storage device and take them with you, wherever you go, you can continue to access your encrypted data using Privacy Drive. This gives you the power of taking your sensitive data anywhere you want without the fear of data loss or theft.

Privacy Drive supports AES 128-bit & 256-bit industry standard encryption algorithms, works on Microsoft Windows 10/8.x/7/Vista/2012/2008 (32/64-bit) and supports FAT16/FAT32/exFAT/NTFS file systems.

System Requirements:

Intel/ AMD or other compatible processor; Microsoft Windows 10/ 8.x/ 7/ Vista/ 2012/ 2008 (32/ 64-bit); 1GB of RAM or more; 10MB of available hard disk space

Publisher:

Cybertron Software

Homepage:

http://www.cybertronsoft.com/products/privacy-drive/

File Size:

5.95 MB

Price:

$79.95

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#23

VeraCrypt, I think we can reasonably assume will be available for a long time. With all due respect to the developer of this product will he be?

The other issue is that VeraCrypt has been tested and checked by others, this one has not been.

The big problem with both VeraCrypt and this software is that people know you are using it and they should be able to find strong evidence even for the secret hidden volume.

Now what if someone points a gun in your head or the authorities demand access https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_disclosure_law

I actually spoke to the developers of VeraCrypt here and I do not think this problem is addressed.
https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/discussions/650583

Reply   |   Comment by Bernard  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#22

What can this do that Veracrypt cannot?

Reply   |   Comment by Yeremyah  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#21

Is this a LIFETIME License, or maybe one day it expires and we cannot decrypt our encrypted virtual drive?

Reply   |   Comment by Yeremyah  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

what is this? https://www.microsoft.com/pl-pl/store/apps/tips-for-privacy-drive/

Reply   |   Comment by ja  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#19

There is a danger with this kind of software.
It works fine until Windows crashes.
And after that point a GOTD-program can not be installed.

Therefore I made a test: made a test-drive(Privacy Drive) on a HD.
I downloaded the trial of this program and installed it on different Windows.
I could open the test-drive, open the files and also move the files.

It was possible to create a new drive, but only with a standard password:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10366431/_GOTD/PrivacyDrive31_20160221/TrialCreate.png

There is something strange: I have seen that someone has formatted a drive with NTFS. I also did this kind of format.
Then about 3.4 MB was already used:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10366431/_GOTD/PrivacyDrive31_20160221/Format2.png

A pity that the drive can only be used in Windows with this software installed.

Reply   |   Comment by Ashamp  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#18

Never use encryption software that cannot be reinstalled after a 1 day limit.
Use free encryption software.
Buy encryption software that you like.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)
#17

I see no answer for a previous question so I feel compelled to ask it again. I read it is a "Lifetime" license but what happens if you lose a drive, experience a crash that requires re-install, or whatever since this software can only be installed and registered today? Are we to experiment with it for the vendor then just uninstall or do we have an option for future re-installation in case of failure?

Reply   |   Comment by D_Ramsey  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#16

It's not true that Truecrypt is unavailable. GRC.com is hosting version 7.1a, the final version and has links to other Truecypt-related websites, including a recreation of the original website by Andrew Y in Canada. Some links in the auxiliary (non-GRC) websites are broken, but the file itself downloaded just fine.

Reply   |   Comment by Therese  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#15

by the way, VeraCrypt is an application not only for Windows OS but for Linux too. This application is only for Windows OS

Reply   |   Comment by Stan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#14

This special version does not expire.
upgrade(s) not included in this offer, do you really need one?, dunno!
Guys obviously have been working on this program view the nice interface and features available.

http://my.jetscreenshot.com/9448/20160221-w9du-77kb.png

main is Dutch but you can see the program in action, sit back and relax and claim this one...

Reply   |   Comment by lidl1  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

lidl1
oops again

http://my.jetscreenshot.com/9448/20160221-pnk9-3618kb.gif
that's the correct one

Reply   |   Comment by lidl1  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#13

@Clive Richards, greetings - What do you mean "...once" beloved? :-) Like many others, including Steve Gibson, I STILL love, trust and use TrueCrypt (version 7.1a , ONLY). However, since it is no longer being developed, I also am using the highly regarded, actively developed VeraCrypt --a fork of TrueCrypt-- that has patched the four vulnerabilities found in Round I of that independent audit of TrueCrypt. Its latest version even permits full use of your old TrueCrypt containers!

PrivacyDrive, being commercial software, is not subject to the same independent, open review and auditing as is either of the other two mentioned solutions. The fact that one might have to reinstall the software at some date beyond GOTD's free-offer period is just one more reason why I would not rely on this software obtained from this generous deal.

I am going to download and install this GOTD freebie just to see what is what, despite its being new and untested, commercial and developed by a company who appears to have taken its name from the Transformers. I wonder, do you think its lead programmer is named "Optimus Prime" ?

Reply   |   Comment by jmjsquared  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

jmjsquared
Autobots, transform and roll out! :)

Reply   |   Comment by Wericon  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#12

question....
if i install and encrypt my data. what will happen if for some reason need to reinstall the os, will i still have access to my data without the software?

I had once case with omnipage, i created stockabe documents, and cant get back as the software wont run on new os,
so how will this software effect my data

Reply   |   Comment by infi  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

infi
"question....
if i install and encrypt my data. what will happen if for some reason need to reinstall the os, will i still have access to my data without the software?"

Of course you won't be able to access your data. Unless you reinstall Privacy Drive too.

Reply   |   Comment by Edu  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

infi
If you reinstall Windows in most cases you will lose GOTD licensed software -- in that case you'll have to use a trial or buy a copy of whatever software, though if you found it that useful you really should support the developer by buying a license. If you upgrade the version of Windows, e.g. from 7 or 8.1 -> 10, or upgrade build versions of 10 [e.g. last November's update], Usually, but not always, registration or activation is maintained.

"I had once case with omnipage, i created stockabe documents, and cant get back as the software wont run on new os,"

This is less a problem than it once was, but yes, there's no guarantee any software will work on a new version of Windows without an update. In the past the solution would be to research that before you updated Windows versions or builds, but with the advent of 10, some have less choice in the matter. About all you can do to be 100% safe in that regard is to store your stuff in more than one place, & sometimes in more than one format. You might for example take whatever you store using Privacy Drive, & also put it in something like an encrypted 7z file that you burn to disc(s) -- it would be less convenient to retrieve, but you could retrieve it is necessary.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

mike, Edu
thank you

Reply   |   Comment by infi  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

infi
The trial will open a Privacy Drive, made by GOTD-program.
I did a test.

Reply   |   Comment by Ashamp  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

infi
I may be wrong but if you do a system image don't you recover all your installed s/ware when you restore the image?
So That if your HD crashes all you need to do is a system restore to the new HD and you're good to go.

Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

Honestly, a GoDaddy registered company I would never trust any further than I can throw.
With encryption software you need to know who you deal with, telephone number and all the rest.

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

Sigrid.DE
just to amend, after a bit of search on the net -
about a year ago Privacy Drive 2.10 was offered here and Karl who actually tested it had similar thoughts.

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#10

I installed this GAOTD offer more out of curiosity than real interest cause for this kind of security software I prefer open-source alternatives. I don't even trust BitLocker that is part of Windows 10.
Anyway, Privacy Drive is not bad except that you must pay 20 bucks per year if you wish to use it for a long time. And what if you forget or don't wish to renew? Do you must pay 20 bucks to recover your data? Furthermore I do not risk my security under terms such as "1) No free technical support 2) No free upgrades to future versions."
No thanks, I use and like the free open-source VeraCrypt, also recommended by Casper above. Of course there are many other free alternatives.

Reply   |   Comment by Luis  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Luis
"And what if you forget or don't wish to renew? Do you must pay 20 bucks to recover your data?"

Per their FAQ on the product site, when the license expires the encrypted vhd becomes read-only.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Luis
The about button says,Expiration date=Never expire in my system.
I believe so.

Reply   |   Comment by Monkeyman  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#9

This GOTD is very useful in order to evaluate if this program and it's friendliness are a response to your expectations, and then buy it if you like it. But I should never encrypt and save my data with a (free) program that I can not reinstall or that has a limited time of use. I personally use Steganos Safe, which I first tested with some dummy files and later purchased. I tested Privacy Drive on a Win 8.1 PC without problems, but I would still recommand the same approach as I had for Steganos.

Reply   |   Comment by Stan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#8

Have now briefly tested the software-
PROs
Simple to install and set up,
Fast to format a 500mb drive,
excellent interface which needs little if any guidence
Options to change encryption levels
Mounting/unmounting very fast (though only tested with 500mb)
Options to encrypt with files rather than passwords
CONS (largly by comparison to TrueCrypt or VeraCrypt - open source)
When I re-opened program the list of encrypted files, and locations, was visible in the main interface window (albeit as I had set not in the MRU dialogue)
When entering simple short password (eg 123456) no warning is given making program dangerous for inexperienced users
No possibility I could see of creating completely hidden volumes - essential for plausible deniability

Overall
This is a nice easy to use tool for low priority file encryption such as keeping files hidden from the kids but protection beyond this could be easily discovered and broken using the right forensic tools. It is exacly the type of encryption that NSA in the US likes people to use. Providing;-
(a) you are not concerned with an observer knowing that you use encryption (remember in many countries you can be legally forced to reveal passwords)
(b) that you understand, and use, complex passwords of sufficient length (about 24 mixed character/numbers/symbols containing no real words)
I suspect that for most domestic users this program is all they really need but if you are intending to evade any possibility of your files being found and read, then you need something stronger. For this level of protection I feel the real price is way too high as there are more complex tools available for less (eg Steganos) As a giveaway to stop your kids finding your cache of dodgy photos it is a good download.
The more positive slant is that the real bad guys, drug barons and terrorists, will find no comfort here!

Reply   |   Comment by gbswales  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

gbswales
"No possibility I could see of creating completely hidden volumes - essential for plausible deniability"

I could be wrong, but I don't believe it's possible to hide the fact that however much storage capacity is in use, though the GiliSoft USB Stick Encryption app will hide that storage from Windows Explorer [I believe by altering the file system tables]. Truecrypt's method [with I've also read in Veracrypt docs] was nesting encrypted VHDs -- can't hide the fact that Truecrypt/Veracrypt was run, so the outer VHD that was acting as a wrapper gives you something innocent to show. The actual nested VHD though was hidden in plain sight, & there's no reason I can think of that any VHD couldn't be hidden the same way, nested or not -- a pretty much virgin win10 32 install has over 70k files, & 13k+ folders just in the Windows folder, so plenty of camouflage.

"if you are intending to evade any possibility of your files being found and read, then you need something stronger."

Or simpler... How hard is it to hide or destroy a microSD card? Alternatively you might use cloud storage that's not very traceable to you or your location, & rather than store login info etc. memorize it. Or if you want to carry it further, use encrypted 7z or similar, then use a file splitter, & store the pieces separately.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

mike
you make some valid arguments however it is, as far as I am aware, for anyone to access a hidden volume within an outer less sensitive one. However it is the plausible deniability - ie it is known you may have an encrypted partition and you could reveal the outer password which would only show the files in the outer partition (plausable deniability) it doesnt prove there isnt a hidden partition but there is nothing to show that there is as the space would appear as unused space that has been overwritten. The only thing that identifies the hidden volume is the password that you use - one password reveals the outer volume while the other opens only the hidden one. In fact when you open the outer volume you can accidentally overwrite the hidden data because the system sees the inner volume as unused disk space.
Your work around would kind of work BUT opening the outer encrypted file would reveal the inner encrypted file that would be using disc space. So if it showed a 10gb encrypted file inside the encryption the authorities could obtain an order to reveal the password.
I agree that for ordinary people like us we are usually keeping prying eyes out of encrypted data rather than hiding it from the authorities. But if you were a gay person living in a strict islamic state you might well want to hide correspondence with your lover from the legitimate authorities - the same would go for political activists in China or Russia.
This is why I rounded off by saying that this might suit most people who have nothing to hide from law enforcement or industrial spies. Obviously destroying the data is the safest way to protect it but that assumes you dont have a use for it. Hiding stuff amongst windows files might defeat a novice attempt but the average 14 year old could suss that out.

Reply   |   Comment by gbswales  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#7

Installation and registration was smooth and problem free, for today's GOTD offer of Privacy Drive v3.1.5.1050.

However, that's were the smoothness stops and the problems start.

I've updated today's GOTD software featuring Lifetime License to v3.1.5.1056 and it shows as UNregistered!

Then I tried again with a newer update found at the vendors website, v3.1.5.1060 which features even more bug fixes, and that version also does NOT show up as registered after installing!

Only the older Build 1050, today's offer, is usable and there is no way to reinstall during actual case of an emergency.

To the vendor: A claim to offer Lifetime License (which is seen after registering this explicit version), and then not allow updates is paramount to fraud! Perhaps next time you can offer the 1 year version instead.

Thank you GOTD for offering valuable security software today from Cybertron Software, but it comes short of being the safety net it needs to be.

Reply   |   Comment by arttronics  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

Dear arttronics,

Please, mind that all the software products featured on our website are provided as-it-is, and are meant for persomal use only. According to the Terms and Conditions, the developer can as well limit future updates and technical support for the software given away. For more information, please chech the About section here:

http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/about/

This specific build of the software, however, is a lifetime license, i.e. it can always be used with no restrictions, provided that you have downloaded and installed the software during the giveaway period.

--
Always yours,
GOTD team

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway Of the Day  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Giveaway Of the Day
Thanks for the reminder GOTD team, and next time I will not be too harsh. XD ;)

Reply   |   Comment by arttronics  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

arttronics
In fact, the version offered today is not 3.1.5 build 1050 but 3.1.0 build 1050.
The latest version available on the publisher's site is the 3.1.5 Build 1060.
Best regard.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Chris
Thanks for the heads up. I must be on a roll today, as there is no .5 in the first update attempt either.

Version: 3.1.2.1056
Digital Sig: ‎Thursday, ‎January ‎14, ‎2016 11:22:23 PM

It's good to know that they update this software often enough.
By tomorrow, I betcha another update is available! :D

Reply   |   Comment by arttronics  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#6

Good piece of SW. I would appreciate if the virtual container could encrypt files, folders and file names individually when syncing with cloud the similar way the Boxcryptor does.

Reply   |   Comment by F  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#5

What happens if you saved encrypted disks on external USB or HDD,
then your computer crashes , you have to reformate hard drive and you lose the program?

What happens if you lose the password?

Reply   |   Comment by Ariel  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Ariel
Ideally you should always aim for redundancy if/when there's something you'd care about losing. If you had a disk or partition image backup, you wouldn't need to reformat & start from scratch after a hard drive failure. If you have more than one Windows PC or device, or one or more Windows VMs, you can also sometimes install an app like today's GOTD in more than one place. That said, in the spirit of the GOTD site, we get these offers because the developer is hoping that if we find the software really useful we'll buy a copy, so no problem reinstalling along with Windows.

As far as losing the password or key to something you've encrypted, IF there's any way out of that, then the encryption you've used is insecure. For better or worse, that's a fact of life -- if you want something really secure, you can't ever lose the password or key. That's the attraction of biometrics, though that too has issues, so research 1st [takes identity theft to a whole new level since you can't replace a fingerprint the way you can a password].

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Ariel
The trial can be installed and open the existing disks.

Reply   |   Comment by Ashamp  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#4

Nice software but what happens if we lose the GAOTD key license?

Reply   |   Comment by Mario  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#3

How does this compare with VeraCrypt?

Reply   |   Comment by Yeremyah  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

Yeremyah
Veracrypt is a sort of continuation of Truecrypt, & large parts of Truecrypt's code have gone through extensive auditing for proving & improving its security. OTOH Veracrypt was not developed as commercial software for the average consumer, so little or no attention was paid to designing an attractive, easy to use interface or GUI. It works, & it works well, but to the average person I think their initial reaction on starting Veracrypt will be: "Wait. Wha... "

Privacy Drive may not have Veracrypt's pedigree, but I believe that many will find it more intuitive & easier to use.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#2

Hi I downloaded the software from the download link in my email and when I tried to install I just kept receiving the Giveaway registered/ activation information page - No software installed though?? I then downloaded the trial from the software home page and tried to activate using the registration information from Giveaway but received an error message saying incorrect activation key??

Any advise welcome.

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#1

I don;t know what you local (PC) or networking issues are, but as soon as you posted, I downloaded this app, and winrar tested it, and it was fine.

And to add some small value to my post, there is a "mostly" open source alternative called Veracrypt that you may want to research. Here's their home page:

https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/

Reply   |   Comment by Casper  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

krypteller
Nice of the mods to have deleted the post I originally responded to, leaving me look the idiot. {sigh}.

Yes, I know that Veracrypt is based on Truecrypt, but if you go to their web site (and research as I suggested), they addressed those concerns.

Its an easy app to use, and you can both install it or use it as a portable.

The only potential downside that I know of, is the original Truecrypt development team could pull Veracrypt's right to continue their efforts.

The up-side? Veracrypt is free, and future versions will most likely continue to be free.

Reply   |   Comment by Casper  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Casper
The true benefit of Veracrypt is that you are dealing with a company that sees no problem in giving full address.
Such companies live on their good reputation and of course hope to get more paying clients.

Reply   |   Comment by Sigrid.DE  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

krypteller You fell for the old hype. Truecrypt was NOT abandoned for security problems. In fact a recent audit showed TC to be clean and effective. Quit spreading untruth.

Reply   |   Comment by Sherri  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Sherri Care to provide a link to the results of that recent audit so that no more "untruths" are spread?

Reply   |   Comment by Suze  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Suze
Google is your friend:

https://www.google.com/#q=truecrypt+audit+results

Reply   |   Comment by Casper  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
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