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

SensiGuard is a no-frills program that employs 256-bit encryption to “lock” your files which, in essence, actually encrypts them. The software displays files and folders in an interface similar to Windows explorer, with the options to “lock,” “unlock” and “shred.” This is probably the simplest encryption software to use, since there are no options to configure, with the exception of changing the password.

SensiGuard is the TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award winner when it comes to protecting your critical and private information. While it doesn't have the unique stealth options of Folder Lock or the history cleaning of Advanced Encryption Package Pro 2010, it still promises data security. The lesser seven software packages just don't provide the combined ease of use, secure encryption and deletion, and multiple help channels of SensiGuard.

Ease of Use
Compare
8.7/10
Folder Lock
Advanced Encryption Package Pro
SensiGuard
SafeHouse Personal Edition
SecureIT
File Encryption XP
CryptoForge
Dekart Keeper
SafeBit Disk Encryption
KetuFile
10
10
8.7
10
10
10
9
7
9.5
7

SensiGuard installed in less than 1 minute. Before using the program, you must click on a shortcut to configure the software before right clicking on a folder and locking. It will ask for backup questions in the event that you forget your password. The software is easy to use and like many typical programs, displays files and folders in an explorer type interface.

Data Security
Compare
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 program utilizes 256-bit AES encryption; however, this is not evident anywhere in the encryption software, but the SensiGuards’ website states that it is so. Data reliability is evident after decrypting and the original files are securely shredded. There is also a manual wipe option to erase obsolete data.

Feature Set
Compare
5.4/10
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 trial version is a fully functional program limited only by 30 days of use. Files are compressed before encryption, though this is not indicated in the software and cannot be changed. Right clicking on any file or folder displays SensiGuard's main options to lock, unlock, or shred, without having the main program open. A feature provided outside of the main application allows for the creation of a mini version of SensiGuard on a USB flash drive, so that you can take your files on the go. SensiGuard supports Windows XP, as well as the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Help and Documentation
Compare
7.5/10
Folder Lock
Advanced Encryption Package Pro
SensiGuard
SafeHouse Personal Edition
SecureIT
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

SensiGuard provides a large array of support channels, including video tutorials (online), user guides (pdf), online chat, email support, a toll free number, feedback forum and a FAQs page. Unfortunately there is no help system built into the software, so those without online connectivity are stranded. Unlimited upgrades and customer support are insured for a year with an additional 60 day, 110% money back guarantee.

SensiGuard Summary:
6.9/10

SensiGuard kept their software simple with only one option, which is the ability to change the users’ password. Mandatory features were excluded. For example, there are no buttons to go up one level in the directory window; you must click on the parent folder in the left hand pane to go back. This is not efficient and quickly becomes irritating. Also, double clicking on a folder will open that folder, but then when double clicking on a file to view it, the hourglass symbol appears and nothing happens. To open the selected file, you must right click and select “open.” Only during the installation of the software are personal security questions asked with fields to enter answers; this cannot be changed later. This safeguard is provided in case the user forgets his password when decrypting. When clicking on “I forgot my password” during file decryption, a dialog box flashed and then disappeared. This function seems to work at random.

SensiGuard's encryption software works reliably and is very basic, yet slow when manipulating large files. The ability to create USB “vaults” is a plus. SensiGuard is a good option for new computer users as long as they are prepared to deal with the minor inconveniences and bugs in the software.

 
 
 

SensiGuard 3.1

Pros
The software uses strong encryption in a clean interface that is very easy to use.

Cons
SensiGuard's interface needs some minor work and the software has a few bugs.

The Verdict
: 6.93/10

Perfect software for beginners and travelers needing strong encryption without complication.