Ranquel Technologies’ CryptoForge software is a powerful privacy program that offers strong encryption algorithms with compression and shredding capabilities. This encryption software supports a large base of Windows operating systems and is easily summoned from the task bar or desktop shortcut.

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

No experience is necessary when using CryptoForge’s encryption software. The software installs in less than 1 minute and a padlock icon is displayed in the system tray upon completion. Encrypting files or folders is as simple as right clicking on them and choosing “encrypt.” Right click options include encrypt, decrypt and shred. Double-clicking on the icon will open the main configuration window.

Data Security
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5.6/10
Folder Lock
Advanced Encryption Package Pro
SensiGuard
SafeHouse Personal Edition
SecureIT
File Encryption XP
CryptoForge
Dekart Keeper
SafeBit Disk Encryption
KetuFile
8.9
8.9
5.6
3.3
4.5
5.6
5.6
5.6
3.3
2.2

This encryption software enables the user to encrypt files or folders with not just one algorithm, but with up to four, all at once, with the strongest at a whopping 448-bit! Using all algorithms will slow encryption to 1/5th the speed (in some cases) over using just one, but guarantees the safeguarding of information. No issues were discovered during decryption; all files behaved exactly as the originals. Files can be overwritten up to 99 times when shredding for permanent destruction. Shredding can be done manually or setup to run during the conversion process. An included password meter provides visual feedback on the strength of character input.

Feature Set
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3.6/10
Folder Lock
Advanced Encryption Package Pro
SensiGuard
SafeHouse Personal Edition
SecureIT
File Encryption XP
CryptoForge
Dekart Keeper
SafeBit Disk Encryption
KetuFile
6.4
6.4
5.4
6.4
5.5
4.5
3.6
4.3
4.4
1.5

The application allows full use for 30 days, but limits password input to 14 characters, which is more than sufficient for testing. The program is slow to encrypt and shred files using the fastest algorithm, whether compression is selected or not; nearly twice as slow as similar applications in this class. Decryption is very fast, however. It took only 5 minutes to decrypt a 4 GB test folder. The software provides selectable compression levels to save hard disk space.

Help and Documentation
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5/10
Folder Lock
Advanced Encryption Package Pro
SensiGuard
SafeHouse Personal Edition
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File Encryption XP
CryptoForge
Dekart Keeper
SafeBit Disk Encryption
KetuFile
6.3
2.5
7.5
6.3
5
2.5
5
8.8
6.3
5

The software comes with an eloquent and comprehensive help file that flaunts eye-catching graphics, more than what is necessary for operation of this elementary program. Online support includes customer care center (FAQs), email support and an online form.

CryptoForge Summary:
6.3/10

Ranquel Technologies’ CryptoForge data encryption software is both easy to install and use. Its strongest selling point is the ability to encrypt data with multiple algorithms while securely destroying the derivative data. In addition, one very convenient feature is when double clicking on an encrypted file, that file will automatically decrypt later when opened, without password entry, as long as the main program is running. This saves time from having to repeatedly enter the password. The only major drawback when using this utility is its encryption speed. It is rather slow when converting large amounts of data and it doesn’t permit multitasking, i.e., decrypting a file while it’s encrypting others. Its decryption speed, on the other hand, was best in class, which offset its sluggish encryption. Despite these drawbacks, the software performed swiftly and dependably and is highly recommended for securing important, one-of-a-kind information, that is, if you’re patient.

 
 
 

CryptoForge 3.3.0

Pros
CryptoForge provides superior decryption speed with extremely secure file deletion while maintaining a small footprint.

Cons
The software doesn't multitask, is very sluggish when encrypting and the only way to convert files is through the context menu.

The Verdict
: 6.3/10

CryptoForge's combined encryption algorithms are ideal for safeguarding critical information when time isn't an issue.