Encryption software has become an essential part of cyber protection, both for individuals and businesses.
The evolution of privacy intrusions has made it easier for hackers to breach your security systems and access your most confidential details stored on your computer. As for businesses, breach exposure has even more dire consequences – any sensitive or confidential data leakage can lead to financial losses, hefty fines, and losing your customers’ trust.
There are dozens of encryption solutions available, be it free or subscription-based. However, only the best file protection software can handle the most sophisticated attempts to compromise your files.
Here are our top picks to encrypt and secure your files.
Acronis True Image
Acronis True Image relies on constant security upgrades, efficiency, and ease of use.
It provides malicious actions-protection for both business systems and home networks. End-to-end AES-256 file encryption, real-time protection, file and folder backups, as well as a full image backup, all stored on a secure cloud.
True Image shines with dual protection options, active disc cloning, non-stop backups and can be accessed from any of your computer or mobile devices. You can easily track your backups, configure backup schedules, archive files on the cloud, and connect an unlimited number of mobile devices.
Furthermore, True Image checks any and every file you interact with in real-time via anti-ransomware and crypto-jacking protection.
- Extensive backup options
- Reliable hard drive cloning
- Easy to use interface and speedy backups
- May cost more than other reliable file protection software
- Can lack flexibility when resizing partitions during copying
Vera Crypt is a free tool, with multiple versions available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX. It boasts AES, Two Fish, and Serpent encryption – all encryption is automatic, transparent, and happens in real-time.
You can accelerate the encryption speed even more via hardware devices to deny any data leakage.
The encryption specifications can create a virtual encrypted disc within a file before mounting it on a real one. Additionally, you can encrypt entire partitions or storage devices (USB, hard drives). Lastly, you can encrypt a Windows partition or drive to protect your OS.
- Frequent security updates
- Relies on continuous development
- It’s free
- Can use a more user-friendly software
- Lacks some advanced security features
AxCrypt offers free, premium, and business subscription plans suiting all potential users.
With the free version, you get AES-128 file encryption, account key backup, open-shared keys, and the community support feature. However, all of its options are available for PC only. Mac users only get to use the Secure Viewer option.
With premium, you get upgraded encryption (AES-256), password management, anonymous file names, password generator, direct support, mobile apps, secured folders (including subfolders), cloud storage awareness, and file wipe options.
If using it for business, you’ll get an upgraded interface for professional use, business priority support, business admin, and a master key option.
- Free version available
- Doesn’t require an internet connection
- Secure sharing via public-key cryptography
- Can benefit from improved usability
- Free plan offers weaker encryption
IObit Protected Folder
IObit Protected Folder offers a slightly different approach to file and folder protection. With it, you can lock sensitive files, folders, and data through passwords.
Its enhanced privacy protection mode protects your files even if your system is affected by malware. Your password would stand firm against viruses, spyware, and ransomware threats.
The improved Protected Folder version includes the “Exclude List” option to avoid system errors and “Folder Lock” to hide from view, block access, and modify specific folders’ protection.
You can download it for free or buy the product. The latter grants you 1-year subscription to Protected Folder, download insurance software, and Backup CD software.
- Password protection even under a malicious attack
- Has a free version
- Free version lacks some features
- Doesn’t rely on encryption
Folder Lock relies on both password and encryption protection. You can sync and back up encrypted files, as well as password-protect USB and external drives.
Additionally, you can permanently delete files, encrypt vital files via AES-256, engage secure backup, and share encrypted files on portable devices.
- High-end file protection software
- File shredding
- Secure online backup
- Locked files aren’t encrypted
- Secure backup requires an additional subscription
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