Cryptic Disk 5.2.2

Cryptic Disk 5.2.2

Reviewed by Pete Daniel

"Encryption of physical and virtual disks."

Overview

Cryptic Disk is a program to help create virtual encrypted disks. The software can also be used on a USB hard drive, internal hard drive, or memory cards by creating a safe, encrypted environment to store files and other important information on securely. Items stored in an encrypted environment or as part of a virtual encrypted disk using Cryptic Disk can be encrypted using some pretty strong encryption standards like Serpent, Blowfish, AES or CAST6.

The software lets the user mount either physical or virtual disks to gain access to them. Each mounted disk will be assigned a different drive letter so the user can keep track.

Steganography may also be used which is where a second, hidden disk can be placed inside a virtual drive in order to mask its true purpose.

Installation

The installation of Cryptic Disk starts with the setup page which includes the already opted-in choice to “Check the web for Updates.” The web check is executed next to ensure the latest version is being installed. Then there are two install options presented: Install or Extract.

The Install option can be used when installing to a desktop computer and wanting to use the application right away. The Extract option is for those times when you would like the actual setup files – not the install package – to copy them to a portable device to install the app directly without the need for internet access while you do so. As such, the app has made itself portable and user friendly at the same time. Nice.

9.9 MB is used for installation. A Start menu entry can be created. Also a desktop icon, which can be installed just for the current user or all users. It is unusual to be able to make such a distinction within an installer. Nice again.

The program then offers to launch if you want to start using it right away.

Interface

The interface itself is reminiscent of partition managers with large chunky buttons in the toolbar at the top. Several panes are shown artfully on the screen including Basic tasks around mounting files, Wizards, an Information pane, with Disks and Container panes displayed on the right side.

There is subtle use of color, nice shading, clear icons, and overall the interface is pleasing to look at and work with.

Pros

  • Create virtual disks on hard drives or dedicated secure encrypted spaces on USB hard drives or memory cards
  • Use one of the most powerful encryption algorithms like Serpent, Blowfish, AES or CAST6
  • Hide a hidden virtual disk inside a visible one
  • Mount virtual drives and have a drive letter assigned to each one
  • Drives do not indicate they are encrypted when viewed by others inside Windows

Cons

  • Complicated subject for many people. Difficult for amateurs to use any virtual disk software the first time they try it.

Alternatives

TrueCrypt is a free, open-source alternative to this software with similar features.

Conclusion

Cryptic Disk is a good package for anyone who wishes to take advantage of either virtual drive encryption or virtual containers. Virtual disks can be made invisible and encrypted using strong standards. The interface is also well done.

Requirements: 1 GHz CPU; 20 MB disk space; 256 MB of memory

What's new in this version: An error that sometimes prevented device tokens or smart cards from being used to gain access to encrypted data has been fixed. Windows 10 support has been improved.

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Antivirus information

Download3K has downloaded and tested Cryptic Disk on 4 Feb 2016 with some of Today's best antivirus engines and you can find below, for your convenience, the scan results:
  • Avast:

    Clean
  • Avira:

    Clean
  • Kaspersky:

    Clean
  • NOD32:

    Clean
Cryptic Disk Antivirus Report
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