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MAXA Crypt Mobile v1.2.0.42

webfork on 29 Aug 2015

MAXA Crypt Mobile allows anyone to easily encrypt files, directory trees, and text. Multiple files can be encrypted and compressed into a single file. Uses the 256-bit AES algorithm.

Adware note: the program shows an "about" page at startup with advertisements for other MAXA tools.

Category:
System requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware (Ad Supported)
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch MAXACryptMobile.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: 7-zip
Latest comments
TH on 2010-07-21 20:44

Starts with an ad for MAXA Security Tools.

Mixture on 2016-09-24 14:41

I tried using this portable app to encrypt three test files. The input clearly let me add three files without trouble. However, after encryption, only the first first was actually encrypted. The other two files were ignored.
So, I am not going to use this broken encryption app.

joby_toss on 2016-09-24 15:43

Is CrypTEA better? ;) All I know is that it's not portable.

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MAXA Text-2-EXE v3.3.0.1

webfork on 29 Aug 2015

MAXA Text-2-EXE is a self-contained encrypted notes program allowing you to hide secure information such as serial numbers, passwords, phone numbers, etc. The program interface is a normal text editor with the added ability to save to an encrypted file. No program is necessary to open the file as each file is saved as an executable file, eliminating the need for an external viewer.

Adware note: the program shows an "about" page at startup with advertisements for other MAXA tools.

Claims use of AES 256-bit encryption.

Category:
System requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware (Ad Supported)
How to extract: Download text2exe.exe to a folder of your choice and launch.
Similar/alternative apps: CryptoTE
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Napiophelios on 2010-07-21 22:30

This is Nagware.You cant use it without the "About" page showing first,
which is just an advertisement for other Maxa Products

smaragdus on 2015-08-29 23:04

This is the missing forum thread:
http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=6519
By the way it is a shame they ruined the program with the ugly 'About' screen.

webfork on 2015-08-29 23:35

smaragdus: thanks, updated entry

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removableTrezor v1.0.5

Checker on 15 Mar 2014

removableTrezor creates an encrypted data store (a so-called vault or trezor). These password protected stores may be stored in several places (located on several discs, or even several computers). It is a one-user application, and may only be run from one single computer.

Note: Main site is offline -- looking for site mirrors.

Category:
System requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch removableTrezor.exe.
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freakazoid on 2011-03-06 07:47

Works like an encrypted archive file with one main feature - if you type in the wrong password more than three times, your data is gone forever!

webfork on 2011-09-01 23:13

Download.com staff gave this a bad review. http://download.cnet.com/removableTrezor/3000-2092_4-10603939.html

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Steganos LockNote v1.0.5

Checker on 6 Oct 2015

LockNote works in two ways: it is a notepad that encrypts everything you put inside and also creates copies of itself when you drag-drop a text file into it. You end up with a new EXE that displays the content of that text file when run using the correct password.

Category:
System requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch LockNote.exe.
What's new? New:
  • Changed default font to Lucida Console to avoid 1/l - O/0 confusion.
  • Font typeface can be selected (Arial/Courier New/Lucida Console/Tahoma/Verdana).
  • Font size can be selected (9/10/12/14).
  • LockNote saves window size, font size and font typeface.
Fixed:
  • Find Dialog: Enter/Tab/Escape/Space/Ctrl-V keys work.
  • Find Dialog: Message displayed if search string is not found.
  • Find Dialog: F3 brings up Find Dialog or finds next result.
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Mirek on 2009-02-08 08:26

New version LockNote 1.0.4:
https://www.steganos.com/products/data-security/locknote/overview/

Please update

Gris on 2009-11-14 17:22

It would be nice if LockNote will have an option to increase font sizes.

codeNinja on 2015-10-05 08:17

For everyone still using this, be aware that version 1.0.5 still has some bugs.

User review from username al156243 in sourceforge posted this on 01/04/2015

"Locknote has a clean simple design. I would be very useful if not for a fatal bug where it occasionally fails to save changes. There is no error message or any other indication that it has failed. I have had it working perfectly for a long period of time and, for no reason, suddenly stops updating changes. If I use "save as" to create a new file, it will continue to work but will eventually fail again for no apparent reason. "

User review from username fireshadow500 in sourceforge posted this on 02/22/2013

"Be careful - LockNote silently fails to save data. You can tell by watching the Modified timestamp ... when it fails it doesn't change. I lost critical banking login details. I am using KeePass now, which isn't great for handling text but at least it is reliable."

review link: http://sourceforge.net/projects/locknote/reviews/

If you still want to use this, make backups when updating the content and always check if content is saved properly.

An alternative to this is fSekrit (smaller and works the same as lockNote) http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=784

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FreeOTFE v5.21

webfork on 6 Nov 2017
  • 8MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Jan 2012
  • Suggested by Rails

FreeOTFE, named for "on-the-fly disk encryption" creates one or more encrypted virtual disks using numerous available encryption algorithms (e.g. AES, Twofish, Serpent, and many more), and can be used to encrypt entire partitions. A separate application that doesn't require administrative rights called FreeOTFE Explorer is also available from the same site, using an Explorer-like interface (see version comparison).

64-bit users: FreeOTFE Explorer is functional, but Windows 7 64-bit users cannot use FreeOTFE as the drivers are unsigned.

Note: On startup, you will receive a message asking you to use portable mode drivers to start the virtual disk drivers (you need administrator rights to do this, otherwise the menu item will be grayed out). When you shutdown the program, you will also be given the option to stop the virtual disk drivers.

Note: Site offline -- linking to Sourceforge mirror.

Category:
System requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights for non-Explorer version
Stealth: ? No. Device/service entries are created in the registry.
License: Freeware/Open Source: FreeOTFE Explorer License (v1.1)
How to extract: If using FreeOTFE Explorer:
Download the ZIP file and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch FreeOTFEExplorer.exe

If using FreeOTFE:
Download the ZIP file and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch FreeOTFE.exe

Optionally, to disable the "do you want to enable portable mode?" prompt:

* Launch FreeOTFE.exe /portable on /noexit

or

* Open the View - Options menu and select the Advanced tab. Click Autostart portable mode if FreeOTFE drivers not installed/running
Similar/alternative apps: VeraCrypt
What's new?
  • Added Russian language translation.
  • Added translator credit to "About..." dialog.
  • Minor tweaks to portableapps .com launcher.
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webfork on 2014-12-24 01:34

Peter202: for reasons I can get into in the forums, I still recommend TrueCrypt despite issues mentioned in the press. Still for most people, FreeOTFE is more than adequate.

Peter202 on 2014-12-24 10:27

@webfork What exactly is the danger of using TrueCrypt? I need encryption software mostly to create a virtual volume from which i want to run my portable applications.

webfork on 2014-12-27 01:54

Peter202: please see http://www.portablefreeware.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=69884#p69884 ... I still use TrueCrypt.

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