Free Abelssoft CryptBox 2012! [24-hours only]

Software Description

The following is a description of CryptBox 2012, as per the developer:

Encrypt personal data easily

More and more personal data is saved on PCs. Documents, Letters, Photos and even monthly statements of accounts are often stored unencrypted. Many people underestimate the risk. The data is visible for everyone, who has access to the computer. Hackers are able to find these files easily, even if they have been deleted already.

CryptBox allows you to store your data securely. CryptBox creates Safes, which look like normal drives and which can be filled with data like you are used to in Windows.

CryptBox – Feature Overview

  • Easy Encryption by Wizards
  • AES-256 Encryption Algorithm
  • Systemdrive encryption
  • Install PortableApps into your Safe
  • TravelSafe
  • iPhone/iPod as key for your Safe
  • File shredder
  • MemoryProtect©

dotTech Advice

CryptBox is a TrueCrypt-like encryption program that does container-level encryption, i.e. having multiple files stored in one encrypted container (or a “safe”, in the case of CryptBox), not single-file encryption like AxCrypt. I expected CryptBox to be another lame attempt to challenge the encryption dominance of TrueCrypt. But as they say, don’t judge a program by its competition; whereas I expected CryptBox to fail, it turns out CryptBox impressed me.

What CryptBox does well is it covers all its bases; it has all the features desired of a container-level encryption – such as ability to create as many encrypted containers of any size desired by the user, usage of industry standard AES256 encryption, and the ability to create portable encrypted containers for external media – and is extremely easy to setup and use. In addition to the basics, other interesting features of CryptBox are: the ability to create an encrypted container that works with PortableApps, allowing you to easily store PortableApps software in it; the ability to convert an existing folder into an encrypted container; a built-in file shredder; and the ability to encrypt whole drivers or partitions. Really the only issue I found with CryptBox is it required an external media device (such as a USB thumb drive) to be inserted into the computer in order to create a portable encrypted container — there is no way to create a portable encrypted container otherwise. Other than that, CryptBox is a beauty.

That, then, brings us to the question of “Should I use CryptBox or not”. I’ve always been a champion of TrueCrypt for container-level encryption and AxCrypt for file-level encryption. I’m still a fan of TrueCrypt/AxCrypt and will recommend them in a heartbeat; they are both time-tested, safe, and best of all free and open-source. However, I am really impressed by CryptBox; especially how easy it is to use. That said, though, I am always weary of recommending a freebie encryption program because for the reason that if you lose that freebie you will either have to say bye-bye to your data or purchase the program. Here is my recommendation. Give TrueCrypt a try if you need container-level encryption (or AxCrypt if you need file-level encryption). TrueCrypt isn’t nearly as user-friendly as CryptBox and it does have its own issues such as some users reporting corruption of data; however, TrueCrypt is the bar when it comes to encryption software. If you have any issues with TrueCrypt then there are alternative free and open-source container-level encryption programs, such as FreeOFTE. If none of those work out for you, grab CryptBox. Just keep in mind if you ever lose CryptBox be ready to shell out $30 to purchase it.

Freebie Details

CryptBox 2012 is being offered for free for the next 24-hours by DownloadCrew. The promotion ends 23:59 (Central Europe Time, or GMT +1) March 21, 2012. There is no information if you can install/reinstall this freebie after this giveaway time-frame.

To get CryptBox 2012 for free, follow these simple directions:

Version being given out for free: v3.0.0

Free updates: Unknown

Free technical support: Unknown

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/Win7

Download size: 24.3 MB

  • Visit the promotion page and hit the Download button to begin downloading CryptBox 2012:

  • After the download finishes, install CryptBox 2012.
  • After installation has finished, you will be prompted to restart your computer. Restart your computer.
  • After restart, run CryptBox 2012.
  • When you run CryptBox 2012, a registration window will pop open. Fill out the form and hit the Get the free unlock code now >> button:

  • Once you hit the Get free unclock code now >> button, a message will popup telling you a code has been e-mailed to you — click OK:

  • You are e-mailed your unlock code, yes. However, the unlock is also automatically inputted into the Unlock code box after you hit OK; so there is no need to go check your e-mail (unless, for whatever reason, the unlock code isn’t there in which case you need to grab it from your e-mail address). All you have to do is confirm the code is present, hit the Unlock now >> button, and hit OK at the thank you message:

  • Done. Enjoy!

If you have trouble getting CryptBox 2012 for free, post below and other dotTechies or I will try to help.

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  1. Godel

    “After I opened the new encrypted new file (I used a 128 bit password and AES 256) I saw that my little 2MB PDF file was now 17MB in size. My guess is that bloat is due to the high level of encryption. ”

    I don’t know what the level of encryption would have to do with it. Encrypting a 9MB PDF file with 7Zip and AES 256 encryption resulted in a 5.6MB .7Z archive. Compression before encryption is common. As well producing a smaller output file, it makes decryption harder.

  2. Canuck50

    I have been using TrueCrypt for a number of years now. When I first began using TrueCrypt it was fairly difficult to set up. However with the newer version(s) there is a Wizard that will guide you step by step. If you read the directions properly you can set up TrueCrypt within a few minutes. Personally I would not use any other program. I also believe I read about TrueCrypt here. Again Thanks for all of your great reviews Ashraf.

  3. Emrys

    @Godel: I looked up Rohos and noticed that while it does offer 256 bit encryption, the free version is limited to 2GB. I could not tell from the author’s website if this size was meant to be the original file size or the output file. As mentioned before, the output size will be conciderably larger than the original.

  4. Godel

    Rohos is another program for creating encrypted file containers, free for personal use.

    BTW, I’m not sure if AES256 encryption is all that superior to the 128 bit kind. I seem to recall Schneier saying there was a weakness in the way the algorithm is implemented.

    For most of us, 128 bits is plenty good enough anyway. I haven’t needed to guard any nuclear launch codes myself, recently.

  5. Emrys

    I looked at True Crypt quiet a while ago and found the GUI such that it seemed to be directed to those who were computer science majors. Crypt Box on the other hand seems to be direct and to the point. I flew through the entire process with no Help or Read Me files needed. To be fair I
    did look at the most recent version of True Crypt and it still looked like a mess that I would need a dictionary to get through. After I opened the new encrypted new file (I used a 128 bit password and AES 256) I saw that my little 2MB PDF file was now 17MB in size. My guess is that bloat is due to the high level of encryption. Honorable Mention may be given to AxCrypt and may be seen here: Open source freeware, take note that AxCrypt is limited to 128 bit encryption. I found it easy to use and would still use it had Crypt Box (256 bit) not come along. Thank you Ashraf and Download Crew!

  6. WobblyWombat

    No, I don’t think you should sue CryptBox… it may be a hard case to win! :P

    As to whether or not to use it, the problem of losing data if you lose the program is often not such an issue; many commercial programs have a trial version that would enable you to de-crypt your data without paying… but I haven’t checked in this instance.

    Thanks for the heads-up, looks like a good one to check out!