NeoByte Solutions' SafeBit Disk Encryption utilizes on-the-fly disk encryption, allowing the creation of unlimited encrypted virtual disks and hiding files and folders by keeping them encrypted at all times. Accessing these files is immediate and the disk encryption is transparent to the user. This encryption software incorporates a strong encryption algorithm during the creation of virtual drives.
The application installed in less than one minute but required a system reboot. After following the wizard on reboot, it took about 4 minutes to create a 5 GB safe which was used to hold the test files (approximately 4.2 GB in size). Creating a new safe is as easy as clicking on “Create Safe,” entering the name of the new safe, password and whether to store the password on a USB drive.
SafeBit Disk Encryption uses the industry standard Rijndael 256-bit algorithm when generating a virtual drive. Unfortunately, there is no option to shred the original files when moving them to the safe. Data reliability was preserved after moving the files to the new safe. To prevent key loggers from capturing physical keystrokes during password entry, a virtual keyboard option is provided.
The trial version is limited to 15 days of use and only permits entry of a 5 character password, due to U.S. export restrictions. This encryption software does not indicate the day of use, or whether the trial is expired. The only indication that the software has expired is that newly created drives are locked into read only mode, preventing further encryption. SafeBit Disk Encryption works quickly when encrypting or decrypting large amounts of data to the target drive, which is the main benefit of using container type systems such as this; the processing is transparent to the end user. Using the USB as a key instead of manually entering the password each time is a big timesaver. Container files can be moved to any Windows compatible media; however SafeBit must be present on the operating system to access the encrypted drive. SafeBit supports 32-bit versions of Windows Vista, XP, 2000 and NT.
This encryption software includes a Windows help file that should be sufficient for most users. Despite the many grammatical errors noticeable in the documentation, it is still understandable and easy to follow. Other support features include an online form, email contacts, phone numbers, knowledgebase/FAQs and mailing addresses (Romania and the USA).
NeoByte Solutions SafeBit Disk Encryption is uncomplicated software with an attractive interface that securely converts files unnoticed. There is no learning curve when using this program. Regrettably, this data encryption software needs some major security enhancements. A file shredding option must be included to deliver total privacy. Using a USB drive as a password key for the virtual container is an excellent idea, however when removing the flash drive from the computer, the container still remains open, which is unacceptable should an “emergency” arise. In addition, the software crashed on many occasions, which is substandard. Lastly, when the software is minimized, it displays as an icon in the system tray, which has an option to "shutdown". Most users would assume that clicking on this would shutdown the computer. The proper label for such a function should have been “exit,” which is what this option does. SafeBit Disk Encryption is a satisfactory utility, but due to its unstableness and lack of wiping features, is not highly recommended for securing critical information.
SafeBit Disk Encryption converts data quickly with the Rijndael algorithm and provides transparent and immediate access to files.
The software lacks security components that are needed to provide complete privacy.
SafeBit Disk Encryption is a speedy virtual drive type system, but is often unstable and crashes. Use ths program with caution.