Advanced File Security Basic Alternatives

    Advanced File Security Basic is described as 'Encryption of files and folders, also usable without Installation, AFS securely and reliably protects any type of data against unauthorized access. Therefore it's using the world-wide standardized, fast and very safe encryption algorithm AES' and is an app in the Security & Privacy category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Advanced File Security Basic for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is TrueCrypt, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Advanced File Security Basic are Windows BitLocker (Paid), Encrypto (Free), Axcrypt (Freemium) and EncFS (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Apr 23, 2021

    1. [TrueCrypt is not exactly "Open Source", but the source is available. See the reviews to get more information.] TrueCrypt is a disk encryption software for Windows Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux.

      Discontinued

      Currently unmaintained. Last version, TrueCrypt 7.1a, is still available for download and development has continued via the forks VeraCrypt and CipherShed. "The development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/2014 after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP. Windows 8/7/Vista and later offer integrated support for encrypted disks and virtual disk images."

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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      • BSD
      EncFS provides an encrypted filesystem in user-space. It runs without any special permissions and uses the FUSE library and Linux kernel module to provide the filesystem interface. You can find links to source and binary releases below.

      Warning

      The author has agreed that EncFS in its current form is dangerous (to security) for several reasons. Wikipedia has a brief summary: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EncFS#General_Security_Concerns

      The actual audit, which the author participated in, is here: https://defuse.ca/audits/encfs.htm

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • GnuPG
      Seahorse is a front end for GnuPG, that integrates to the GNOME desktop. It is a tool for secure communications and data storage.
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    5. DiskCryptor is the only truly free solution, provided under GNU General Public License (GPLv3), which offers encryption of all disk partitions, including the system partition.
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    6. Password-encryption of files and folders. The program is written in Java and therefore platform-independent and runs on nearly every system without installation, but requires a Java Runtime Environment - that is already installed in most cases.
    7. The enterprise cryptographic filesystem for Linux
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    8. The Gnome Encfs Manager is an easy to use manager and mounter for encfs stashes. It allows you to create encrypted directories, any file that is placed in such a directory will be encrypted.
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