File Encryption XP utilizes strong encryption to process files and folders. Wiping can be done manually or implemented automatically during data conversion. The main features of this encryption software are encrypt, decrypt and wipe. Operation of this application is effortless and should prove manageable for inexperienced users.
File Encryption XP quickly installed in less than 20 seconds on Windows XP. The interface is similar in function to Windows explorer, which reduces the learning curve for most users. This utility can be used straight out of the box, as they say, without reading any instructions. Files can be encrypted or decrypted from the main program or by right clicking on the target.
This encryption software utilizes strong 384-bit Blowfish encryption, but nowhere is this indicated in the software and it cannot be changed. Data reliability is evident after decrypting and the original files are erased and unrecoverable. A manual wipe option is provided to erase any and all files selected. A password generator is included which can produce passwords up to 99,999 characters in length.
The trial version is fully functional for 30 days. Files are compressed before encrypting according to CP-Lab, with no indication of this in the software. However, compression has been verified, as the converted files are approximately two-thirds smaller than the original. Windows explorer popup menu integration is supported, providing a menu of encrypt, decrypt, or wipe when right clicking on a file. The install tool from the main menu will build an identical clone of File Encryption XP for portable use on a flash drive. Using the “Encrypt to Exe” mode compiles data into one executable file, allowing files to be sent to others via email. The encryption software is stated to be compatible with Windows Vista and 7, but did run flawlessly on Windows XP Professional.
File Encryption XP provides a comprehensive and well illustrated, built-in Windows help file, which is sufficient for this uncomplicated program. The only other support available is email.
File Encryption XP secures your data with strong encryption, and permanently erases the original files. The unsophisticated graphical user interface is easy to navigate and permits the accomplishment of tasks in a straightforward way. Two methods of portability guarantee that your data is not tethered to one computer. Unfortunately, encryption is slow with this software, nearly twice as long compared to similar utilities in this class. On one occasion, the data encryption software crashed and locked up the operating system when encrypting and wiping large amounts of data. File Encryption XP is adequate and capable software, but only recommended for light, daily encryption tasks.
This software is easy to use right out of the box and permanently deletes original files.
File Encryption XP is slow, taking nearly twice as long as other products in our line-up.
File Encryption XP is a strong encryption product but is not recommended for heavy use.