SafeHouse Personal Edition provides covert protection for files and folders using passwords and 256-bit encryption. It works through the use of virtual drives, where the user creates a “container” type file of almost any size, depending on hard drive space. Once created, encryption and decryption occurs almost instantaneously, is transparent and immediate and works on hard drives, flash drives, CDs and DVDs. This personal edition encryption software is the entry level version, suitable for home and individual use.
SafeHouse Personal Edition installs in only two minutes, walks you through a wizard to set up a "SafeHouse volume" and takes only an additional 6 minutes to create a 6GB virtual drive. The program is minimized after setup and resides in the tray. Right clicking on the tray icon allows the user to explore the created volume, suspend access, open and close volumes or open the tools and options menu. The tools menu allows the user to create a new volume, resize an existing volume, change the password and more. All options are self-explanatory and simple to understand.
This encryption software uses 256-bit Twofish Encryption when creating virtual disks. Data reliability is maintained after moving files and folders to the new secure storage area. A password strength meter insures that the password won’t be easily guessed by unauthorized users. The only downside to this container-type security system is that the original files are not shredded and can be revived with recovery software.
The trial version is identical to the full version with the exceptions of 30 days of usage and limited password length. The data encryption is comparable in speed to other utilities previously tested. SafeHouse can be configured to use a USB flash drive as a virtual smartcard to store all volume passwords and will also detect industry standard smartcards. Only one pin code needs to be remembered for access. Unplugging the flash drive suspends access immediately to the encrypted volume. These volumes are portable in that they can be stored on nearly any type of media, but the software must be installed on the target computer to access these volumes. SafeHouse Personal Edition is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.
The software includes an embedded, illustrated Windows help file. Online support includes knowledge base/FAQs page and tutorials. The only personal support is through email.
SafeHouse Personal Edition is a solid, well-crafted encryption utility. Files are encrypted with a military grade algorithm; however, “moved” files are not deleted or wiped from the computer. This deficiency is common in nearly all security programs that create virtual hard drives. Other than this shortcoming, this encryption software provided speedy, transparent access to all data and was never buggy.
This entry level virtual disk software works transparently, providing speedy, no-brainer encryption.
Safehouse doesn't shred files when they are moved, which is a potential security risk.
A solid performer that works flawlessly, but compromises security by neglecting to incorporate data wiping.