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March 10, 2017updated 26 Jul 2022 11:17am

Best encryption software: Top 5

These five options find a strong middle ground between price and reliability, with some of the free options offering extremely robust protection.

By Tom Ball

This list of five of the best encryption software on the market includes examples of platforms that enable a cutting edge, interactive experience by harnessing the storage capabilities of the cloud, and special decoy, deterrent features.

Also included in our list are systems that might be less high-tech and intuitive to use, but will equip a user with high-level, industry standard protection by incorporating multiple encryption methods. Some examples in this list are rooted in a specific operating system, while there are also systems included that provide maximum mobility.

Price is also factored into this list of the best options, with some of the free options presenting extremely effective safeguards from the free version of the system.


In contrast to systems such as Veracrypt, the only free element of this encryption software is the trial, however the product is widely considered robust, with capabilities to support small teams and individuals within a business setting.

AxCrypt was launched in 2001 with the intention of addressing the sharing of confidential data over the Internet, and to find security solutions for Internet services while aiming to make an easy to use design and appearance.

The specs behind the software include 128-bit or 256-bit advanced encryption standard (AES), and differs to some of the competition in that the software utilises cloud storage. This will mean the protection you receive with the product sill also span files saved on Dropbox or Google Drive.

A high level of interaction and control is made available with the software, as encrypted files can be accessed through a smartphone app. The software can also be used widely on a global scale, as advanced multilingual abilities are integrated within the software; some of these are Korean, Portuguese and Swedish.

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