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[Windows] abylon CRYPT in the BOX allows you to easily encrypt your files

2013-08-21_230236 [1]Encryption is a great way to protect your files and data from prying eyes and ensuring only authorized eyes gain access. That is why dotTech has a review of best free encryption program for Windows. However, if you aren’t happy with the choices we provide in our review, abylon CRYPT in the BOX is another encryption program. Let’s see if it is worth your time.

What Is It and What Does It Do

Main Functionality

abylon CRYPT in the BOX is an encryption program that allows you to, well, encrypt your files. It is a file-level encryption program with a twist.

Pros

Cons

Discussion

abylon CRYPT in the BOX is a file-level encryption program: each file is encrypted individually as opposed to all files being encrypted together. However, it isn’t just another file-level encryption program — it works a bit differently.

You see while abylon CRYPT in the BOX does encrypt individual files, it behaves like a folder-level encryption program. When you install it, CRYPT in the BOX creates an AUTOCRYPT folder in My Documents. All files you encrypt with CRYPT in the BOX are stored in that AUTOCRYPT folder, and all files are encrypted with the same password (you can change the password whenever you want, but all files are still encrypted with the same password). The idea here is for you to have an “encrypted folder” — a folder that contains encrypted files you can still easily access and edit. After encrypting a file, you can view/edit/run/delete it from within CRYPT in the BOX — CRYPT in the BOX decrypts files on-the-fly and automatically re-encrypts them after you are done with them.

Using CRYPT in the BOX is very easy. After installation, run the program and you will be asked to set a password. After you set a password, simply add files you want to encrypt. You can also create folders (which are sub-folders of the AUTOCRYPT foldeR), to help you organize your files. CRYPT in the BOX automatically encrypts all files that you add to the program — any file you see in the files list is encrypted, unless you have it open in which case it is temporarily decrypted. Double-clicking on files in the file list allow you to open them; CRYPT in the BOX decrypts files automatically when you open them and automatically re-encrypts the files after you are done with them.

From this same window you can cut, copy, paste, rename, and delete files.

And that is pretty much all there is to CRYPT in the BOX. It is a file-level encryption program with some features that resemble folder-level encryption.

That being said, there is one thing I’d like to point about that is potentially a deal-breaker in regards to CRYPT in the BOX. You see when you click X to close the program, it minimizes to system tray. This is annoying but what is worse is that anyone can open CRYPT in the BOX from system tray and access your files without having to enter your password. Yes, you read that properly — CRYPT in the BOX does not password protect itself, it won’t prevent unauthorized access to your files if the program is already running. The only time you are prompted to enter your password is when CRYPT in the BOX is initially run; after it has been launched and you have entered your password, the program does not prompt for password again until you close and re-open the program. So when CRYPT in the BOX is sitting in your system tray, anyone can stroll along, maximize the program window, and access your files.

Secure? Yeah, okay.

Conclusion and Download Link

I really see no reason why anyone would want to use abylon CRYPT in the BOX. abylon CRYPT in the BOX tries to differentiate itself from the pack by offering a slightly different type of encryption program but, in the end, it falls flat on its face due to missing features related to security and user-friendliness. You are more than welcome to give abylon CRYPT in the BOX if you want, but I don’t recommend it.

Instead of abylon CRYPT in the BOX, you should check out either AxCrypt [2] (file-level encryption) or TrueCrypt [3] (folder-level/drive-level encryption). Both are excellent, open source, and free encryption programs that are time-tested and secure. Or if you don’t like any of those two, there are plenty of great free encryption programs out there. Read dotTech’s review on best free encryption program for Windows [4] to learn more.

Price: 19.95 euros

Version reviewed: 2013.2

Supported OS: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8

Download size: 17.1MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/40 [5]

Is it portable? No

abylon CRYPT in the BOX homepage [6]