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FinalCrypt Portable 4.7.0

Lock down your files with one of the most secure forms of cryptography.

by Nick Peers

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Linux, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 14 May 2019
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FinalCrypt Portable 4.7.0
The larger your key file, the better protected your encrypted files.

Encryption is a messy business, particularly when it comes to your files. The simplest option is to encrypt an entire disk – but this means hackers are just one password away from unlocking all your files. Developments in quantum computing also place many popular encryption technologies at risk from future brute-force hacking attempts. What to do?

FileEncrypt is an open-source, cross-platform file encryption platform with two trump cards up its sleeve. The first is that it uses Symmetric One Time Pad (OTP) Encryption, which is described as uncrackable, in part thanks to the fact there are no key size limits. Second, it’s designed for bulk file encryption purposes, supporting up to four billion files and directories in one go for encryption and decryption purposes.

The app can be installed on Windows, Mac or Linux or run as a portable application on Windows and Linux. Although it’s coded in Java, a portable Java installation is provided to avoid you having to install the full Java Runtime package.

Launch the app and you’ll see a two-paned window from where you’ll encrypt (and later decrypt) your files. Start using the right-hand pane to select a key file to encrypt your files with. You can select an existing file or create one from scratch – the larger the better. Whichever option you choose, password-protect it using the 'Password (set)' dialogue box and back it up somewhere secure or transfer it to a USB thumb drive should you need to access your encrypted files on more than one computer.

Once created, use the left-hand pane to select files or folders to encrypt before clicking Encrypt. Wait while the files are encrypted using your key file – these are allocated a .bit file extension and the original, unencrypted files are securely shredded from your PC.

Decrypting them later is simply a case of launching FinalEncrypt, selecting your key file plus – if you set one – the password, then re-selecting the encrypted files or folders before clicking Decrypt.

It’s all relatively straightforward, but a bit awkward – you can’t work on the files in real-time like with other apps such as Cryptomator, and there are no handy shortcuts like context-menu options for decrypting or encrypting. But FinalCrypt’s use of OTP encryption – so long as you keep that key file secure and out of other people’s hands – ensures its level of security beats other free encryption tools hands down.

Note this is the portable version of FinalCrypt.

What's new in 4.7.0 (see changelog for more)?

- Autoscaled password font-size. Quick user-reenabled animations.

Verdict:

FinalEncrypt will appeal to those who put security over convenience – if you need to lock your files tight, its OTP encryption beats all other forms.

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 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 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.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1903 which is the May 2019 Update.

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