Creates and supports encrypted virtual disks
BestCrypt software will create and will support encrypted virtual disks.
These disks are visible as regular disks with correspondent drive letters. The data stored on a BestCrypt disk is stored in the container file.
A container is a file, so it is possible to backup a container, move or copy it to other disk (CD- ROM or network, for instance) and continue to access your encrypted data using BestCrypt.
Any free drive letter in the system may be used to mount and to open an encrypted file-container for access. When the virtual disk is opened, you can read and write data as if it were a conventional removable disk.
How does BestCrypt work? BestCrypt creates a pre-encrypted file called
a container. This container is created by an encryption algorithm (Twofish,
Blowfish, Rijndael, or GOST28147-89).
In addition, BestCrypt creates a logical disk. The container is linked to a logical disk, and the disk is opened for access using the unique container password. All data stored in the logical disk are stored in the container in an encrypted form and transparently accessible for an authorized person.
But there are few limitations here: Windows 95 and DOS operating systems do not support NTFS filesystem. So, if you format a BestCrypt container in Windows XP/2000/NT using the NTFS filesystem, it will be impossible to mount the container on Windows ME/98/95/DOS computers.
Here are some key features of “BestCrypt”:
· 1. The BestCrypt software is designed for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP operating systems and satisfies all requirements for 32-bit software. 32-bit BestCrypt Virtual Device Drivers are designed for Windows 95/98/ME and Windows NT/2000/XP file systems and they use all available advantages of the operating systems.
· 2. There are no limitations to the number of local physical drives on which a user stores BestCrypt containers. Any type of physical media may be used to store and access the data on the BestCrypt containers: hard drives, removable media, magneto-optical devices, etc.
· 3. Any network accessible disk may be used by BestCrypt software for creating and accessing file-containers. This network disk may be shared by a server with any operating system, for example UNIX-like operating systems (OSF/1, LINUX, BSD, SunOS, HP/UX, AIX and others), Novell, Windows NT/2000/XP, Windows 95/98, Windows 3.xx, etc.
· 4. User may copy (backup) BestCrypt containers from one computer to another in network and continue to access encrypted data without any limitation on the operating system type. For example, a user may copy or move a file-container from a computer with a Windows operating system to a UNIX computer, yet continue access the data (now stored inside the container on the UNIX computer) from the Windows computer. Note that there is a separate version of BestCrypt for the Linux operating system. For more details on the software, you may visit our website: http://www.jetico.com/linux.htm .
· 5. Automatic closing options.
Timeout – if the timeout option is used: all virtual drives automatically close if the user has left computer or simply does not touch keyboard and mouse for the specified time (i.e. a “Screen saver” style time-out).
Hot Key – if Hot Key option is used: all virtual drives are automatically closed if the user presses the Hot Key combination on the keyboard.
· 6. Container Guard utility. This utility prevents the user from deleting an encrypted file-container, as well as preventing an unauthorized person who has network access to your computer from deleting your file-container. In Windows NT, 2000, and XP, Container Guard may be disabled only by an administrator.
· 7. BCWipe utility. To avoid an unauthorized restoring of deleted files from your disks, you can run BCWipe utility to wipe deleted files from the disk. The utility may also wipe all free space and file slacks on the specified disk.
· 8. The main commands to control access to encrypted data may be run from Windows Explorer (“My Computer” window) without starting BestCrypt Control Panel. To run these commands from Explorer, you should use the same method as for creating and opening any other document from Explorer, for example, a Microsoft Word document.
· 9. BestCrypt has been designed with an extendible architecture: any third-party encryption software or hardware developers can insert security extensions into the BestCrypt software – for example, additional encryption algorithms, proprietary procedures of entering the passwords, or additional hashing algorithms. To get additional information about the architecture, visit the Jetico webpage.
· 10. The BestCrypt Development Kit (available for downloading from the Jetico, Inc. Web site: http://www.jetico.com/bdk.htm) contains the source code of all BestCrypt modules responsible for the security of the software.
· 11. BestCrypt automatically saves information concerning whether to share BestCrypt logical drives on a network. Now user does not need to share the BestCrypt drives every time he/she reboots operating system.
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What’s New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Occasional problem of mounting containers on Korean Windows fixed. Damaging data during copy files with Total Commander fixed.
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