The growing sophistication of cyber security threats and the endless stream of high-profile breaches make protecting company data ever more important. Encryption tools are a crucial method of keeping information safe by making it unintelligible to cyber criminals.
CIO UK looks at the best encryption tools available to help protect your organisation's data.
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March 1, 2018
3. Secure IT
Available on Windows, Secure IT is designed to make data encryption accessible to anyone, and uses the open source Blowfish algorithm so users know what they're getting - not always the case with proprietary options.
Encrypted files can also be turned into .EXE executables that can be opened on a PC that doesn't have the software.
A downside is that it offers no support on password protection so you'll need to generate your own secure passwords to keep those encrypted files safe. Files, once encrypted, can take up sizeable storage space.
Secure IT's 'shredding' feature allows you to shred files and overwrite data. It lets you decide how many times you want to pass random data through the file, making it less recoverable to hackers.
Secure IT costs £21 for one licence.
EncFS is a FUSE- based (filesystem in userspace) file encryption software.
Its 'directory' feature lets you view, store and archive encrypted files. Also, it encrypts files using a volume key, which can be stored using a strong password, within or outside the encrypted source directory.
Available on Linux and Mac, EncFc allows you to encrypt portable files and integrates with cloud storage services including Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive.
Its virtual file system lets you encrypt files in the background of your PC, giving priority to important tasks. EncFS is free to download.