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AES Crypt is described as '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)' and is a popular app in the security & privacy category. There are more than 50 alternatives to AES Crypt for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is TrueCrypt, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like AES Crypt are GnuPG, File Lock PEA, LUKS and Windows BitLocker.

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  1. TrueCrypt icon

    TrueCrypt

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    [TrueCrypt is not exactly "Open Source", but the source is available. See the reviews to get more information.]

    ⚫︎ PortableTrueCrypt can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Discontinued

    Currently unmaintained. Last version, TrueCrypt 7.1a, is still available for download and development has continued via the forks VeraCrypt icon VeraCrypt and CipherShed icon 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. GnuPG icon

    GnuPG

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    • Xfce
    • OpenPGP

    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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    mainly for symmetric encryption

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  3. File Lock PEA icon

    File Lock PEA

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Platform-independent password-based authenticated encryption of files & folders.

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    Almost everyone thinks File Lock PEA is a great alternative to AES Crypt.
  4. LUKS icon

    LUKS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    LUKS is the standard for Linux hard disk encryption. By providing a standard on-disk-format, it does not only facilitate compatibility among distributions, but also provides secure management of multiple user passwords.

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  5. Windows BitLocker icon

    Windows BitLocker

    • Windows

    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.

    ⚫︎ Windows Explorer ExtensionWindows BitLocker can extend Windows Explorer in various ways, for example add context menu options, etc..
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    Kleopatra

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • GnuPG

    It supports managing X.509 and OpenPGP certificates in the GpgSM keybox and retrieving certificates from LDAP servers.

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    certificate manager, not encryption

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    Encrypto

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows

    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.

    ⚫︎ PDF encryptionEncrypto can encrypt and decrypt PDF documents.
    ⚫︎ LightweightEncrypto consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Axcrypt

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad

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

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

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    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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    Boxcryptor

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad

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

    ⚫︎ AES-256 EncryptionBoxcryptor has AES-256 Encryption, i.e. very strong security.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionBoxcryptor has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
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