Steganos Safe is a versatile tool which aims to protect your most important files in a secure encrypted vault.

You could create this vault on a system drive, but it's also possible to use an external drive or USB key, enabling you to keep your files safe as you carry them around.

The vault is protected by a password, and Steganos Safe goes to a lot of trouble to ensure it's as secure as possible. Enter a password manually and the program checks to make sure it doesn't contain any dictionary words. There's a password generator to automatically create something really uncrackable, and you can even use pictures as your password.

Once your vault is generated it becomes available in Explorer as just another drive. You can create folders, copy, move or store data there and everything works just as with your other drives. But the difference here is Steganos Safe encrypts your data as it's saved, ensuring only someone with the password can gain access.

If that's still not enough, you can even create a "hidden safe", where a small safe (less than 3GB) is hidden inside an audio or video file. Snoopers might see an MPEG on your USB drive, and be able to play it as usual, but you'll also be able to access the data it contains.

Cloud storage support enables using Safes with your Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive accounts. Set this up and your data is encrypted in the cloud, so even if the provider gets hacked there's still no way anyone can access your files.

Steganos Safe completes its feature set with a comprehensive "Shredder", securely deleting any remnants of confidential files on your hard drive to ensure they can't be recovered later.

What's new in 21? 

- Several user interface themes for you to choose from
- Clearer Safe creation with more assistance
- Portable Safe improvements

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A full-featured encryption tool which protects your data with multiple layers of security.