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SecureMedia

Type of Program: Security Utility
Supported Platforms: Win 95/98/2000/NT
Company Name: encryptX Corporation
Version: 1.0
Price: $14.95
Installed Size: 1.0MB

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For starters you have the to run the setup a little differently than some other programs. What happens is that when you run the setup it doesn't immediately go to setup, what it does is wants to extract the setup files to your Windows Temp directory then you run the setup from there. Easily done.

The purpose of this program is to allow you to make removable drives carry encrypted files that you can then take to another computer and then without the other computer having to have SecureMedia installed safely view your encrypted files. You can do this with CDs, Zip, and Jaz, Floppies and it states all other forms of removable media.

So I ran the install. Then I decided for the purpose of this Review to use a floppy disk as my test for encryption. Well what I first found out was that was going to be it. Yes you get a shot at encrypting one disk only and that is the end of your trial period.. I guess it sorta understandable, if they did a time period of say 30 days by that time you would have made all of your removable media you needed encrypted, encrypted..

I found the encrytion part intuative and easy to use, here is the scoop first of all give it your password (probably that same one you use for everything). Then a Windows Explorer type window opens up, using the "Add Files" command I browsed to the files. Then hit the "Encrypt" button. It then proceesses the file showing you it is doing it, and indicating when it is done.

Now when you have your encrypted media in hand you go to the computer where you want to place them, run SecureMedia on the media where you have the files. Then you hit the Decrypt button, it asks for your password. Then the Windows Explorer type window opens and let you select which files you want to decrypt and also select where you want to move them to on the computer. Pretty Slick!

Here is a neat use for this program that they tell you about that I didn't think of:
A great use of SecureMedia is to create a master list of all logins and passwords associated with your PC and websites that you visit, save the file to a SecureMedia disk and encrypt the contents with a master password. Eliminate all the sticky notes you have with your Password logins and save them on a SecureMedia disk! 

If you are wondering whether or not the encryption is secure take a look at this:
SecureMedia uses a high speed, block encryption algorithm that is ideally suited for use on removable media. An extremely large key (448 bits) is used ensuring protection of sensitive contents from available public domain decryption tools. 

In conclusion, this programs delivers the goods (pun intented). If you need to move sensative material around this is the program for you. The price is right $14.95, it is easy to use. Go try it at least.

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Reviewed by Joe Tex


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