DriveCrypt Plus Pack
January 01, 2007
DriveCrypt Plus Pack (3.8): £67; Enterprise Edition (2.04): £80
- Ease of Use:
- Value for Money:
- Overall Rating:
- Strengths: The added features in this product no not detract from the fact that it is a great standalone and enterprise whole drive encryption package
- Weaknesses: The additional features may be a bit confusing to the standalone user who is not looking for James Bond-like cryptography
- Verdict: When buying my own whole disk encryption software package, I would start with DriveCrypt Plus Pack
If James Bond had encryption software, he would have the DriveCrypt Plus Pack. This solution includes many more features than the other products in this category. Are they all useful to the typical corporate road warrior? Probably not, but they are cool and definitely have some merit.
First, DriveCrypt allows users to hide the cryptographic key file using steganography. Where the other packages use standard password or key-encrypted key files, DriveCrypt gives you the option to hide the key inside of any music or graphic file. This makes it much more difficult to detect where the key file actually resides.
Besides hiding the cryptographic key file using steganography, DriveCrypt also gives you the option to create a real operating system inside a fake one. This gives you increased protection in the event that your laptop is stolen, because the thief may never known where the true operating system is and where to find the real data.
Also, DriveCrypt gives the boot a time option to have the system display a message that reads "hard drive failure", as if it cannot find the primary hard drive. If the user types in the correct pass-phrase at this screen, the true or fake OS will boot.
Installation of DriveCrypt was as easy as possible considering the advanced options available. The installation guide was helpful enough to explain the process to anyone familiar with computer security.
At one hour 40 minutes, DriveCrypt was among the fastest in the time it took to encrypt the entire 60-GB hard drive. Once the system was running, Performance Test did not detect any performance degradation.
While DriveCrypt is mid-range in terms of the cost of whole disk encryption software, the added features make it an attractive piece of software. We rate this Recommended for its ease of use and performance.
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