Encryption provides a level of security in addition to internet security software. Internet security software is necessary to protect your system from malware and phishing. PC encryption software gives you control over who can open and view the files on your computer and the files that you distribute to others. Advanced Encryption Package Pro is one of the best encryption programs thanks to the strength of its encryption algorithm, plus features such as the ability to shred a deleted and distribute an encrypted file to someone who has not purchased the application. We gave this encryption software the Top Ten Reviews Silver Award.
Advanced Encryption Package Pro gives you access to multiple encryption algorithms, including the same level of encryption that the U.S. government and military uses: 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Once you encrypt a file to this level of security, a criminal cannot unlock the file by brute force.
Ease of use is an important factor to consider, and this file encryption software has a clean interface with unambiguous buttons. To encrypt a file, you click on the Encrypt button and enter a password. You can choose which encryption algorithm to use and what you want done with the source file after encryption. For example, you can choose for the program to delete the source file after encryption. If you intend to email the encrypted file, you can compress the file before encryption. To decrypt, there is a Decrypt button that prompts for your password and lets you decide whether to delete the encrypted file after it is decrypted or leave it alone.
If you want to send an encrypted file to someone who is not running Advanced Encryption Package Pro, you can create a self-executable encrypted file that will open itself when the recipient enters the password that you provided. In addition to file encryption, you can scramble the contents in the body of an email that your recipient unscrambles using the password you provided (using a different communications medium, of course).
Advanced Encryption Package Pro provides more additional security features than almost every one of its competitors. It has a file shredder, for example, which completely removes all traces of a deleted file. File shredders are necessary because when Windows deletes a file, all it really does is remove it from your view so that it disappears from the file directory. In the meantime it continues to exist on the hard disk until it is eventually written over during the course of saving other files. In between the time that you delete a file and it actually gets overwritten on the hard disk, anyone with file recovery software, including forensics utilities, can recover the deleted file and view it as if you never deleted it. File shredding goes hand in hand with encryption because once you encrypt a file and delete the original, the original continues to exist on the hard drive. So if a document is sensitive enough to be encrypted, it follows then that its deleted original is a candidate for shredding.
Two of the additional security features help you to make strong passwords. There is a password generator and a password strength meter. A virtual keyboard is also included so that you can type passwords and logins by clicking an on-screen keyboard. Virtual keyboards are safer than physical keyboards because there is a type of malware that logs physical keystrokes and is able to infer logins and passwords.
Tutorials and answers to questions are online along with a useful manual. Screenshots illustrate concepts in a straightforward fashion. Email is the only means of accessing customer support.
Advanced Encryption Package Pro belongs on our list of best encryption software products because of its encryption strength, ease of use, and the additional security features that complement encryption. Encryption software provides security above and beyond the type you get from internet security software. However, whereas internet security software is always subject to fail at defending against the latest malware or phishing attack, encryption software with the strength level of Advanced Encryption Package Pro will not be cracked perhaps for millions of years.
It encrypts files and shreds deleted files so that they cannot be restored.
Customer support is limited to email.
Advanced Encryption Package Pro supports industrial-strength encryption and includes many other useful security features such as file shredding and the ability to distribute encrypted files on removable media.