Wincrypt Taps AES to Safeguard Files

 
 
By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2002-10-28 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Centric 2000 Solutions Group's Wincrypt 2.0 is a simple, easy-to-use Windows-based encryption tool that takes advantage of AES to provide extremely strong protection for vital documents and files.

Centric 2000 Solutions Groups Wincrypt 2.0 is a simple, easy-to-use Windows-based encryption tool that takes advantage of AES to provide extremely strong protection for vital documents and files.

To encrypt files using Wincrypt, I could take advantage of an integrated right-mouse-button menu or use the main Wincrypt interface. In tests, files were encrypted and decrypted fairly quickly.

However, when encrypting a file, I was asked to provide a password of at least five characters. Although this is convenient, a five-character password is not generally considered adequate security.

Wincrypts interesting anti-logging decryption feature allowed me to use a screen-based keyboard to enter my password, instead of using a standard keyboard. The main purpose of this feature is to defeat keyboard-based logging sniffers, which record user keystrokes.

Although Wincrypt uses AES, files I encrypted could not be opened in other AES tools—recipients needed their own copy of Wincrypt, or files had to be encrypted using the self-decrypting option, which adds to file size.

The full version of Wincrypt is priced at about $47 and can be downloaded from www.wincrypt.com.

 
 
 
 
Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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