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Encryption Wizard 3.4.11

Protect your personal information with this simple, cross-platform encryption tool

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Java 7 or later

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 18 September 2016
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Downloads To Date: 2448
Developer: Software Protection Initiative
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Encryption Wizard
Protect your personal information with this simple, cross-platform encryption tool

Encryption Wizard is an easy-to-use Java-based file and folder encryption tool. It's been developed by the US military but this version is free for anyone to use.

The program is extremely small, just a 1.23MB JAR file and a couple of help files, which means it's ideal for protecting files on USB drives. And being written in Java is another advantage, as it'll work anywhere there's an up-to-date Java engine installed: PCs, Macs or Linux.

Encryption Wizard is also very easy to use. All you have to do is drag and drop the files (or folders) you'd like to encrypt onto the program, click Encrypt and enter a passphrase (or it can generate one for you, if you prefer). You then have the option to securely delete the original files, after which the program will encrypt your files using 128-bit AES with a click.

But there's plenty more functionality if you need it. If you're not happy with passphrases, say, you can use a PKI or X509 certificate, or even a suitable smart card (CAC/ PIV). There's also support for compressing files; you can add metadata to the document which won't be encrypted (handy if you've a bunch of encrypted files and want to quickly find the right one); and the program's operation can be customised in a variety of ways.

Version 3.4.11 (Changelog):
New logo! As the Software Protection Initiative program comes to a close, its strongest products -- some in the form of software, some in the form of concepts and practices -- are moving to a new home. As before, Encryption Wizard will continue to be included inside our most well-known software: the bootable LPS, now called Trusted End Node Security, or TENS. More info to come!

Changed some internal support libraries. Users on 64-bit operating systems should see a speedup in long-running operations.
This should be the final normal release of the 3.4 series. The next EW release will be 3.5.0, but we will of course create additional 3.4.x releases if any bugs or weaknesses in 3.4.11 or the Java platform are found to threaten users' security.

Verdict:

An easy to use, cross-platform and surprisingly powerful encryption tool

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

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