System Spec, Drive manager, and Cryptainer.

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System Spec, Drive manager, and Cryptainer.

#1 Post by ohno » Sun Apr 16, 2006 8:26 pm

Hello:

Just found your site and love it. So far I have gotten one program that is I.FTP. I do however have 3 to share with you. I will tell you what I know.

System Spec:
http://www.alexnolan.net/software/sysspec.htm
This program will tell you many things about your system. There good info on the website about what it does.

Things it can do is tell Hardware info, Network info, Drive info, and a whole lot more.

I have beed testing the program since the first version. The program can just be unzipped and tossed anywhere and run.

In communication with the programer he says this program does not write any registry entries at all. I did find any when I looked.

Drive Manager:
http://www.alexnolan.net/software/driveman.htm

Same place and programer as system spec. This program mostly deals with drives in the computer. It can do things like hide drives and eject and load cd's without having to push the cd button. I found the program will help me get into a cdrom drive that seems stuck by unlocking it.

Again talking with the programer this program in general does not write to the registry, however if you choose to hide a drive it will write a key to the registry then. I assume the same key you write if you manually hide the drive. The program does not need this key to run but only writes and unwrites it as requested.

Cryptainer LE:
http://www.cypherix.com/cryptainerle/
This is a unique encryption program that actually creates 25mb virtual drives for you. These drives show up as drives in my computer once opened. While closed they can not be read. The program does need installed on your computer to start with but the you go to the menu and say install cryptainer mobil. This will create a couple of folders and an exe file on your flash drive that you can use just as if it was on your hard drive.

Not 100% sure if it writes reg files or not on the host computer from the mobil version. Waiting on answer from company first. They have answered before with good answers.

The mobil version can even be burnt to a cd which is good fo someone that makes a cd of files he wants to mail but wants protected incase it falls into the wrong hands.

Hope you like them.
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#2 Post by ohno » Mon Apr 17, 2006 8:53 am

I sat up a test computer last night just to try Cryptainer.

Well here is how it goes.

The portable did write many files to the registry. This program would be good if you were only going to use it between your own machines but not when using it on others machines. However the program still has a nice feature. If you install it on a home machine then say make a list of passwords you can encrypt that list as a self extracting encrypted file you could place on your flash drive. When I cleaned up the machine and then opened one of these self extracting files it did not appear to install any reg keys.

So for now I guess that I would continue to recommend Drive Manager and System Spec to the list but for go Cryptainer.

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#3 Post by AlephX » Fri Jul 27, 2007 11:46 am

Well...
despite the age of this post, I want to pick it up! :D

Recentely Cryptainer LE has been release as Mobile edition.
You will find the mobile feature of Cryptainer very useful.

Cryptainer can be installed directly on a USB / removable drive as a "stand alone" install. One can carry this installation of Cryptainer ('Cryptainer Mobile') to different machines without having to install Cryptainer on the host machine. Sensitive data can be stored within an encrypted volume file that can only be accessed through Cryptainer, with the correct password.
Unfortunately I cannot test it...

http://www.cypherix.com/cryptainerle/mobile.htm

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#4 Post by portackager » Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:51 am

Cryptainer LE, is crippledware isn't it? it's limited to 25 meg containers. If it doesnt require admin prev. than I can see it being added, but truecrypt is not limited to 25 meg containers and is already portable/expect for the admin requirement part. :oops:
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Re: System Spec, Drive manager, and Cryptainer.

#5 Post by webfork » Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:20 pm

Old thread update: Cryptainer

I saw that the authors put out an update to support more recent operating systems, but there's several reasons to pass on this one:
  • There is no longer a "mobile" version even though the main page still references it. The mobile download just redirects to the installer page.
  • Still has a 100 meg file size limit
  • It uses Blowfish encryption, which has some weaknesses over other systems
In terms of security, size, and portability, there's SO many better options (I'd probably go for VeraCrypt).

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Re: System Spec, Drive manager, and Cryptainer.

#6 Post by Mixture » Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:49 am

Cypherix LE 11.7 does have the 'mobile' version, despite webfork's claim. It is installed from the desktop version. However, when the mobile Cypherix LE is put onto a portable drive and then, the desktop version is uninstalled, the mobile Cypherix LE becomes unable to work right. Running the mobile Cypherix LE from a portable drive, it requires its Cypherix driver to be installed on the desktop to make the mobile version function correctly.

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Re: System Spec, Drive manager, and Cryptainer.

#7 Post by Midas » Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:03 am

From a theoretical point of view, perhaps we can find a way to dynamically start and stop that driver?

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Re: System Spec, Drive manager, and Cryptainer.

#8 Post by webfork » Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:03 pm

Another old thread update.

So this is mostly a repeat of my previous post from 5 years ago about Cryptainer LE:

A new version came out for the program that introduced me to disk encryption all those years ago. Again, nothing much here as they still haven't given any ground on their 100 meg limit, which - compared to a fairly common 1 TB drive size - represents 1% of 1% of that volume.  It also appears to still be using Blowfish encryption, which is very fast but also very outdated.  It's hard to bother with something when there's open and free options. As I said back then:
webfork wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:20 pm
In terms of security, size, and portability, there's SO many better options (I'd probably go for VeraCrypt).

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