Encrypting your hard disk drive, USB flash drive, file archives, and individual files help keep your confidential from prying eyes. Whether knowing your data is safe in the event your laptop is lost or stolen with disk encryption, or whether you wish to protect confidential information sent by email, or stored on USB memory devices or with cloud services, encryption can ensure your data is kept secure.
So here's our recommended encryption tools.
|Free, multi-platform and has been our personal recommended tool for file and disk-based encryption for many years. However after its development was discontinued in May 2014 following an audit, it caused controversy in the cyber security industry. Despite that, we think the latest version of TrueCrypt is still safe to use.|
|Spawned out of TrueCrypt, an excellent and supported encryption tool which also works with Windows, Mac, and Linux.|
|Free to use Windows-based encryption tool we recommend.|
|GNU Privacy Guard https://www.gnupg.org/|
|An open-source version of the legendary Pretty Good Privacy (PGP).|
Your Encryption is only as Strong the Password you use to Protect it
We recommend the following password rules if you are serious about protecting your encrypted data, use a password that is:
- at least 12 characters in length
- is random i.e. does not contain any dictionary, common words or names
- is not commonly known or guessable password i.e. P@$$w0rD1
- has at least one Upper Case Character e.g. A to Z
- has at least one Lower Case Character e.g. a to z
- has at least one number e.g. 0 to 9
- has at least one Special Character e.g. !,",£,$,%,@,#