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AES Crypt is file encryption software that uses the industry standard Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) to easily and securely encrypt files.
AES (also known as Rijindael) is a symmetric encryption algorithm. The algorithm was designed to be efficient in both hardware and software, and supports a block length of 128 bits and key lengths of 128, 192, and 256 bits.
AES Crypt offers a graphical user interface (GUI) for ease of use. A command-line version is also available. The software integrates with popular file managers such as the sublime Krusader.
The process of encrypting a file is really straightforward. For example in Krusader, right click a file, select Open With –> AESCrypt.
We are presented with the dialog box shown to the left, prompting us to set a password for that file. We are then asked to confirm that password.
Once the password is set, the file is then password-protected.
AES Crypt handles both Little Endian and Big Endian files. However, AES Crypt does not process key files in UTF-8 format.
Having a secure system is essential given the constant threat from hackers. Linux is endowed with a huge raft of tools to improve security but they are often a minefield to learn to use properly. The beauty of AES Crypt is that it’s so easy to install and use.
Protect your files with strong encryption. If you’re looking for a tool that supports a different encryption cypher, you’ll need to look elsewhere.
This is a cross-platform tool which runs under Linux, macOS, Android, and Windows. There are versions of AES Crypt in C, C++, C#, and Java.
Support: User Guide, GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Gary C,Kessler (original developer), Doug Reed, Paul E. Jones
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