TopTenREVIEWS - Silver Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

Encrypt your files and folders with Advanced Encryption Package 2010 Professional, our TopTenREVIEWS Silver Award winner. Its explorer type integrated interface makes it suitable for all users. Choose to encrypt your data using 1 of 17 different algorithms. Obliterate your data with confidence knowing there are over 18 data destruction algorithms (many military-grade) to choose from. The encryption software can be accessed either from the main program or by right clicking on the target file in Windows.

Two types of password generators are included and allow naming and saving this encrypted file to your USB drive. Using this key file for encryption and decryption is a snap and can be used to secure all your data. No need to try and remember which key file you used; the software searches your portable drive and finds the key it needs automatically. All keys can be secured with a master password so that if your USB drive is stolen, it is useless to others.

Advanced Encryption Package 2010 Professional is a worthwhile contender, but falls into the #2 slot because it doesn't provide the covertness of Folder Lock. Its many included password tools, multiple encryption algorithms and brisk processing engine are features that the #3 SensiGuard fails to furnish.

Ease of Use
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10/10
Folder Lock
Advanced Encryption Package Pro
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SafeHouse Personal Edition
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10
10
8.7
10
10
10
9
7
9.5
7

This software installed in less than a minute with no errors. Once running, the program displays a colorful GUI, which is uncomplicated for those familiar with Windows Explorer. All buttons and menu items are cleanly arranged for quick access. You can customize the interface to your tastes by choosing from 15 different skin types, from Old Apple Macintosh, to Blue Paper, to XP Style and more. There is also the ability to choose from 8 different languages, should English not be your native tongue. A logging window below the directory box shows all actions that have taken place. Whether encrypting or decrypting, Advanced Encryption Package 2010 Professional smartly displays a popup window with two blue animated progress bars. These indicate elapsed time, time left, speed, elapsed bytes, bytes left and total bytes, so there is no guessing as to when the tasks will complete.

Data Security
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8.9/10
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SensiGuard
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8.9
8.9
5.6
3.3
4.5
5.6
5.6
5.6
3.3
2.2

Advanced Encryption Package 2010 Professional really shines with all of its included security components. It has some of the strongest algorithms available of any encryption software, up to 2048-bit. Data destruction is permanent, insured by a variety of 18 shredding algorithms, which is augmented by a manual wipe option. Files are returned to their original state after decryption.

This program also features a PKI Key manager, allowing the creation of both public and private keys instead of passwords. If a manual password is chosen, there is a quality meter to insure its strength. In addition, when setting options for a password, checkboxes can be ticked to disallow for weak or dictionary passwords. There is also a utility to generate passwords up to 15 characters in length. Clicking the two dots next to the password box opens up the virtual keyboard, which can be used if there is the worry of key loggers on your system. In this same window there is a button which generates ultra long random passwords tailored to the algorithm chosen. From the tools menu, selecting “Clear Computer History” brings up the Privacy Master. Use this module to erase all history from the Windows operating system and internet browsers (Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox).

Using the password generator utility (which is very slow) allows the user to create a password up to 15 characters in length. The only way to use this password is by either writing it down, or copying it in Windows. This password will then reside in memory until the next copy command, which is not a very secure method considering this software is supposed to protect your privacy. In addition, there is no password strength meter in the text encryption tool or when creating a master password to secure the USB keys. This meter should be available whenever a password is being created throughout the use of the software.

As for usability issues, when creating a new password and saving it to the USB drive as a key, you will discover that clicking “ok” does nothing. After repeated attempts and experimentation, it was found that text must be entered into the description box, which labels your key, which is a necessity. A popup box should be incorporated demanding the user to input a text label before continuing.

Feature Set
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6.4/10
Folder Lock
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SensiGuard
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6.4
6.4
5.4
6.4
5.5
4.5
3.6
4.3
4.4
1.5

The trial version allows full use of the program for 30 days. Encryption and decryption takes place quickly, with or without compression. Converting files can be done in the main program or by right clicking in Windows. Remembering multiple passwords is a thing of the past; just store all of them on a USB drive as a key, protected by a master password and you’re safe. Using the SFX module compiles data into one executable file, allowing files to be sent to others via email; only the password needs to be known for access. The software runs on Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Help and Documentation
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2.5/10
Folder Lock
Advanced Encryption Package Pro
SensiGuard
SafeHouse Personal Edition
SecureIT
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Dekart Keeper
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KetuFile
6.3
2.5
7.5
6.3
5
2.5
5
8.8
6.3
5

Advanced Encryption Package 2010 Professional has a built-in Windows help file with a few illustrations. Other paths of help are an on-line manual, how-to (which only explains how to find the best encryption software), newsletter subscription, and email contacts. There is no on-line chat, telephone support, knowledge base/FAQs, tutorials, or user forum. Since this software is straightforward and intuitive, the included Windows help file should be sufficient for most users.

Advanced Encryption Package Pro Summary:
7.8/10

Advanced Encryption Package 2010 Professional sports useful tools in an unthreatening, colorful environment, integrating state-of-the-art encryption.

This program is headed in the right direction and it presents the user with many advanced tools, including a simplified, clean interface. This package can meet your security needs, however caution should be exercised when encrypting critical information.

 
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Advanced Encryption Package Pro 5.3.6

Pros
The software offers a complete security package with a variety of military grade encryption algorithms, text tools, and computer cleaning options.

Cons
Advanced Encryption Package Pro has minor usability issues and was unstable on occasion.

The Verdict
: 7.82/10

An easy to use complete encryption package with well-thought-out tools that should be used with caution on critical data.