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File Encryption Tools

Your personal data is just that: Personal. And that personal data should be able to withstand any attempts to be accessed by brute force attacks. The first step to ensuring this is to make sure it is properly encrypted. Software such as VeraCrypt is designed to protect the data on your hard drive so that, in the event that an attacker or thief gains access to your personal belongings, they are unable to see any of the photos or documents that are on your computer.

  1. 7-Zip icon
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    111 alternatives to 7-Zip 

    7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio.

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    1.  Lightweight7-Zip consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Ad-free7-Zip doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  Portable7-Zip can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  Windows Explorer Extension7-Zip can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
    5.  Works Offline7-Zip can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    6.  Encrypted Backup7-Zip uses encryption algorithms to keep your files safe as well as prevent unauthorized access.
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  2. VeraCrypt icon
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    45 alternatives to VeraCrypt 

    VeraCrypt is a free disk encryption software brought to you by IDRIX and that is based on TrueCrypt . It adds enhanced security to the algorithms used for system and partitions encryption making it immune to new developments in brute-force...

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    1.  PortableVeraCrypt can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  3. WinRAR icon
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    103 alternatives to WinRAR 

    With over 500 million users worldwide, WinRAR is the world’s most popular compression tool!

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    1.  AES-256 EncryptionWinRAR has AES-256 Encryption, i.e. very strong security.
    2.  Command line interfaceWinRAR either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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  4. Cryptomator icon
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    48 alternatives to Cryptomator 

    Cryptomator provides transparent, client-side encryption for your cloud. Protect your documents from unauthorized access. Cryptomator is free and open source software, so you can rest assured there are no backdoors.

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    1.  Encrypted BackupCryptomator uses encryption algorithms to keep your files safe as well as prevent unauthorized access.
    2.  Privacy focusedCryptomator is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  PortableCryptomator can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Cryptomator without registration.
    5.  End-to-End EncryptionCryptomator has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
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  5. GnuPG icon
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    GnuPG allows to encrypt and sign your data and communication, features a versatile key management system as well as access modules for all kinds of public key directories. GnuPG, also known as GPG, is a command line tool with features for easy integration with other applications.

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    1.  PGP EncryptionGnuPG supports PGP, an encryption system used for sending encrypted emails and files.
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  6. Bandizip is a powerful archiver which provides an ultrafast processing speed and convenient features. Available free of charge, and its paid editions support a variety of advanced features.

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    1.  Windows Explorer ExtensionBandizip can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
    2.  Command line interfaceBandizip either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    3.  LightweightBandizip consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  Ad-freeBandizip doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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  7. Tresorit icon
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    108 alternatives to Tresorit 

    Tresorit is the end-to-end encrypted file sync and sharing solution which safeguards confidential information by design. Unlike other public cloud vendors, Tresorit has no access to users’ files, which ensures maximum confidentiality.

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    1.  Encrypted BackupTresorit uses encryption algorithms to keep your files safe as well as prevent unauthorized access.
    2.  End-to-End EncryptionTresorit has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    3.  Two-factor AuthenticationTresorit supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    4.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    5.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Tresorit simultaneously.
    6.  File VersioningTresorit has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    7.  Selective SynchronizationTresorit allows you to pick which files are synced between the server and your devices.
    Access encrypted documents from any device and stay in sync with your team.
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  8. BitLocker Drive Encryption is a data protection feature that integrates with the operating system and addresses the threats of data theft or exposure from lost, stolen, or inappropriately decommissioned computers.

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    1.  Windows Explorer ExtensionWindows BitLocker can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
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  9. DroidFS icon
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    19 alternatives to DroidFS 

    DroidFS is an alternative way to use encrypted overlay filesystems on Android that uses its own internal file explorer instead of mounting virtual volumes. It currently only works with gocryptfs but support for CryFS could be added in the future.

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    1.  Privacy focusedDroidFS is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    2.  End-to-End EncryptionDroidFS has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
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  10. AES Crypt icon
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    82 alternatives to AES Crypt 

    AES Crypt is an advanced file encryption utility that integrates with the Windows shell or runs from the Linux command prompt to provide a simple, yet powerful, tool for encrypting files using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).

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  11. Encrypto icon
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    85 alternatives to Encrypto 

    Encrypto lets you encrypt files before sending them to friends or coworkers. Just drop a file into Encrypto, set a password, and then send it however you normally would — but this time with added security. It’s free for both Mac and Windows.

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    1.  PDF encryptionEncrypto can encrypt and decrypt PDF documents.
    2.  LightweightEncrypto consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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  12. Axcrypt icon
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    90 alternatives to Axcrypt 

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

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    1.  PortableAxcrypt can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Axcrypt simultaneously.
    3.  Works OfflineAxcrypt can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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  13. SiriKali icon
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    7 alternatives to SiriKali 

    SiriKali is a Qt/C++ GUI application that manages ecryptfs,cryfs,encfs,gocryptfs and securefs based encrypted folders. These projects are compared here.SiriKali can also connect to ssh servers using sshfs.

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  14. Boxcryptor icon
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    51 alternatives to Boxcryptor 

    Boxcryptor is an easy-to-use encryption software optimized for the cloud. It allows the secure use of cloud storage services without sacrificing comfort.

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    1.  AES-256 EncryptionBoxcryptor has AES-256 Encryption, i.e. very strong security.
    2.  End-to-End EncryptionBoxcryptor has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
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  15. gocryptfs icon
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    9 alternatives to gocryptfs 

    gocryptfs uses file-based encryption that is implemented as a mountable FUSE filesystem. Each file in gocryptfs is stored one corresponding encrypted file on the hard disk. The screenshot below shows a mounted gocryptfs filesystem (left) and the encrypted files (right).

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