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Dekart Private Disk Multifactor 2.0 Review

December 3rd, 2006

If you want your sensitive information to remain private, you must take steps to keep it so. Dekart Private Disk Multifactor lets you create virtual encrypted-disks in Windows and work with them as with native ones.

Installing Private Disk Multifactor is straightforward, and should not take longer than several minutes. After obtaining a copy from the Internet or loading one from a CD, an installation wizard will walk you through a series of questions. Because some portions of the software reside in the system kernel of Windows, it requires a system reboot upon install.

Dekart Private Disk Multifactor does not have any specific hardware requirements and runs on Windows 9x, NT, 2000, XP (32-bit and 64-bit) and 2003. It supports a vast range of storage devices, smartcards and biometric identification devices.

Data is protected using NIST-certified Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) with 256-bit key length. In short, scrambled files will remain secure. Once a token is plugged in, access to files is seamless, with no lag when opening, viewing, editing and encrypting.

Access to encrypted data is granted only when an electronic key is provided. The key and other cryptographic information is stored on a password-protected USB token or a smartcard. For the paranoid users, tow-factor authentication is possible through the use of biometric identifier.

Dekart Private Disk Multifactor is proactive. In addition to strong cryptographic algorithm, data on virtual disks is protected by Disk Firewall. You can set a list of applications which has access to the encrypted data, preventing malicious software from tempering with your data. While enabling this option can improve security, Private Disk Multifactor does not provide enough context for the average user to understand which application to block and which to allow.

Private Disk Multifactor includes several helpful recovery tools. In the event of a disaster, these tools can help you recover your lost data. Private Disk Multifactor includes something most security applications do not: a password quality test. We really like this feature as it ensures users will choose a strong password when encrypting their data.

Our test system was a Dell Desktop computer with a 2.8GHz Pentium 4 processor with 512MB of memory, running Windows XP Service Pack 2. The test measures the data transfer speed and reading and writing data to one or more disks. We used standard API calls to write a 100MB file for 60 seconds.


Verdict

If you are looking for a disk-encryption application that is light and fast, Dekart Private Disk Multifactor is the one. We found this disk encryption solution easy enough for beginners, with customization features for advanced users.

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