CryptoForge runs on Windows 10, Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows 7, Vista, XP SP3, Server 2016, Server 2012 and 2012 R2, Server 2008 and 2008 R2, Server 2003 and 2003 R2 (all
32 and 64-bit editions). It does not require any driver, framework,
or system restart. The installer is small and it will take about
one or two minutes to download on a standard
broadband connection. CryptoForge is not available for Mac OS X at this time.
Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article
17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
as well as other international agreements, and national laws,
make clear the importance of privacy protection for human freedom
and civil society. However, some countries impose restrictions
on the use of strong cryptography systems like CryptoForge.
Be sure to check domestic regulations.
To open up the user's guide -if you have already downloaded and installed CryptoForge- press the Windows Start button and choose All programs >> CryptoForge >> Help, or type "CryptoForge Help" into the Windows search box, or just press the Help button on any dialog box.
You can also see the manual's web version here.
No, they don't have to install CryptoForge. You can send encrypted files to anyone, and the recipient can decrypt the files with the Decrypter app, which is portable
(it doesn't require installation), free, tiny, and consists of a single exe file. You can, for instance, send an encrypted file by email along with the Decrypter app.
Note that Decrypter is digitally signed by us so that recipients and system administrators can verify its authenticity and integrity. This app-based solution is much better
and safer than others based on "self-extracting" files, because that way recipients would have to run an unsigned, potentially dangerous, and different executable every
time they wanted to extract a file, which is unfeasible in today's environments. For details, please see the topic on the user guide.
That's an excellent question. Power outages and system or equipment failures can occur at any time and without warning,
so high quality software must be fully prepared for these contingencies. CryptoForge is designed in such a way that it ensures that there
will be no data loss no matter when disaster strikes, even while a file is being encrypted. In order to achieve this level of reliability,
CryptoForge divides the process of encrypting a file into two steps: first, it creates a new encrypted file that contains all of the
original file data. Only once the encrypted version has been completely written to disk, does the program shred and delete the original file.
This way, if a disaster occurred while encrypting a file, there would always be a safe version of the file on disk, either encrypted or
unencrypted depending on exactly when the failure took place.
The number of days used appears in the About dialog box.
(Right-click the CryptoForge system tray icon and choose About from the pop-up menu). Note that the Decrypt function
will always be available, even after the evaluation period has
expired. Also, CryptoForge will not abruptly disable the Encrypt function after just 30 days.
There are just two differences. After 30 days use you will no
longer be allowed to encrypt or shred data, but the Decrypt function will never expire. And, the evaluation version is limited
to passwords up to 14 characters in length, which is enough
for personal security. The Full version allows you to reach
the professional level of security by using pass phrases of up to 256 characters.
While we would love getting money from strangers, there is nothing
we can do to help you because it is not technically possible to decrypt information without the correct password.
But feel free to send the money anyway!