PROS / It uses 256-bit AES encryption, the same that the U.S. government uses.
CONS / It doesn’t provide a password generator or a password meter.
VERDICT / SafeBit is well-designed and powerful, with convenience features that encourage safe computer habits.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Encryption Software here.
Included in our review of best disk encryption software is SafeBit, which contains worthwhile security features plus military-strength encryption. Encryption alters plain text so that data thieves can’t read it because you control the cipher necessary for decryption. SafeBit scrambles data to make it unreadable using the encryption algorithm that the National Institute of Standards and Technology selected for the U.S. government: 256-bit AES.
Whatever you encrypt with SafeBit will probably not be cracked in your lifetime. Furthermore, SafeBit goes beyond basic encryption with interesting and convenient ways for you to employ the encryption. One such is on-the-fly encryption, which involves encrypted virtual disk drives. When you drag any file or folder to a virtual drive (what SafeBit calls a Safe), encryption is automatic. You can operate on files in an encrypted virtual drive just as if they were normal files. In other words, the fact that they are actually encrypted is transparent to you, which means you can update files without performing lots of procedures. The maximum size of a Safe depends on the file system that you use. If you are still running Windows XP, you can build Files no larger than 4GB. If you run more recent versions of Windows, the maximum size of your Safe is 128GB. Here’s a tip, though: The smaller the container, the better the performance will be.
Another convenient aspect to SafeBit is that you can transfer encrypted files by email, upload or backup. You can copy them to external storage devices or send them to any of the cloud-based file storage services. You can also use USB drives to store passwords for your encrypted virtual drives so that you don’t have to type out long and complicated passwords.
SafeBit includes additional security in the form of a virtual keyboard to minimize the chance that a keylogger application can capture your keystrokes when you type in passwords. You type by clicking your mouse on a virtual keyboard, rather than entering passwords through your physical keyboard. The virtual keyboard feature is unusual to find within this competitive field.
Help and support for the file encryption product category is typically restricted to email communications, and SafeBit is no exception in this regard. However, the online knowledgebase is better than average.
SafeBit will provide you with a powerful means of encrypting data. But it also gives you features that make it easy and convenient to use the file encryption software so that you are motivated to maintain the level of security available. Although help and support are restricted to email, the publisher’s website is well maintained with useful materials and timely informational blogs about security topics.