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 Post subject: Safe
PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:16 am 
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Safe is an application that makes it easy to encrypt your files. When you encrypt your files with Safe they are rendered unreadable to anyone who doesn't have your password.

Safe is cross-platform and currently runs on Windows and Mac OS X. It works with all applications and file types and can store encrypted files anywhere. It's also compatible with EncFS volumes.

Safe is licensed under the GPLv3 and is based on free software.


http://www.getsafe.org/about

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 Post subject: Re: Safe
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:18 pm 
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Another EncFS tool similar to Safe:

EncFSMP (note that Softpedia is listing it with a space in the middle: "EncFS MP")
http://sourceforge.net/projects/encfsmp/
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/S ... S-MP.shtml

A Mac and Windows tool that mounts and creates an existing encrypted filesystem standard from Linux (EncFS) with an open license.

I'm wondering if an encryption tool that gives Windows programs an NTFS partition would work better for compatibility reasons. I don't know how well EncFS works with Windows programs. It's over a decade old (not a bad thing) and the author has indicated an interest in an updated version https://vgough.github.io/encfs/

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 Post subject: Re: EncFSMP
PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 2:31 am 
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Both Safe and EncFSMP work with EncFS and are interesting multi-platform (Windows, MacOS) suggestions to be investigated further as possible Truecrypt replacements. :)

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EncFSMP (note that Softpedia is listing it with a space in the middle: "EncFS MP")



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 Post subject: Re: Safe
PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:31 pm 
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Safe is a tiny single executable (<1MB) and is very easy to use compared to TrueCrypt. It doesn't support pagefile encryption or run on a ramdisk on WinXP, although this isn't a big deal since XP is on its way out. The differences between Safe and TrueCrypt are briefly discussed on the Safe-About page here: http://www.getsafe.org/about#download
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How is Safe different from TrueCrypt?

In short, Safe is file-based and TrueCrypt is block-based. Neither is strictly better and the pros and cons of both approaches are explained in detail at the EncFS extended introduction page.

In general, if you're wondering why you'd use Safe over TrueCrypt, here is quick summary:

Safe allows you to use your existing EncFS encrypted data on Mac/Windows.
Per-file encryption is much faster on network storage you don't control, like NFS, SMB, Drobo, Space Monkey, Dropbox, Google Drive. Most of their drivers/protocols are file-based. TrueCrypt is block-based, i.e. all data is stored as a single potentially giant file. This affects the performance of algorithms focused on caching and deduplication.
Safe was designed to be much easier than TrueCrypt to use. Try making a new encrypted disk with TrueCrypt, then do the same process with Safe and you'll see what I mean. TrueCrypt is very intimidating to set up for people who don't intimately understand how cryptography works. Safe just chooses the most secure defaults.

Please understand that Safe is not a competitor to TrueCrypt. They are different tools for different situations. Use the right tool depending on the nature of the data you are keeping privte. Safe is another tool in this ecosystem of encyption tools. The main goal is to help more people take control of how their data is stored and transmitted and to hopefully bootstrap mainstream digital privacy awareness.


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 Post subject: Re: EncFSMP
PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:22 pm 
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Midas wrote:
Although EncFSMP is an open source project and its source code is released under the MIT license, it contains a closed-source component. The file system component that allows EncFSMP volumes to be mounted is called Pismo File Mount and is developed by Pismo Technic Inc.

Good catch, Midas. I think that will keep this program out of general use.

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Please understand that Safe is not a competitor to TrueCrypt. They are different tools for different situations. Use the right tool depending on the nature of the data you are keeping privte.


Maybe this is the wrong place to ask this, but when would you use TrueCrypt vs. EncFS? There were only pros listed in the above paragraph and no cons.

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