Encryption Tools & Software

Here’s our list of recommend encryption tools updated for 2019. Increasingly more tech is shipped with built in encryption. It’s becoming normal behavior to even communicate securely by default.



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Once upon a time there was the Caesar Cipher. And, even before then, there was encryption v. which was to shave the hair off a slave, write the ‘encrypted’ message, let the hair grow back and then the slave (messenger) would physically go and report to the recipient of the message.

Before the Diffie-Helman key exchange security agencies (GCHQ, NSA and 5 Eyes) were able, for the most part, to read secret messages. Codes could be broken prior to Diffie-Hellman and later RSA (Rivest, Adelman and Shamir) pioneering work.

Before we go on any further, with respect to the history of encryption we should offer a brief mention to the genius that was James Ellis who is credited for being the real first person to create the two-key encryption method but who has largely been forgotten about.

Without digressing further, what we’ve done on this resource is to list a bunch of encryption tools and links to encryption software that we hope you will find useful.

Gnupg PGP

Tool Category: Encryption Tools


What is GnuPG?
GnuPG is the well-known encryption system that’s originally written by Phil Zimmerman. It helps users secure their data from risks. It is a regard open source implementation of the PGP standard.

Is GnuPG Free?
GnuPG is always free of charge.

Does GnuPG Work on all Operating Systems?
This tool works on Linux, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.

What are the Typical Uses for GnuPG?
GnuPG is a free version of the OpenPGP (also known as RFC4880 or PGP). This tool (used by thousands of security professionals) allows the user to encrypt and sign data and communication. GnuPG also ships with a useful key management system that can be used for all types of public key directories. This tool, which is also referred to as ‘GPG’ can only be used from the command line. GNuPG can be used with many applications including S/MIME and Secure Shell (ssh).


Tool Category: Encryption Tools


What is Keepass?
Keepass is one of the password manager available in the internet. It can store a lot of passwords which can be unlock by one master password. This is to remember just one high quality password and will still be able to use unique passwords for different accounts. It also includes a feature that automatically fill passwords in web forms.

Is Keepass Free?
Yes, official versions of this tool are free of charge.

Does Keepass Work on all Operating Systems?
Keepass works on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.

What are the Typical Uses for Keepass?
Keepass has a strong security and supports Advanced Encryption Standard and Twofish algorithm to encrypt its database of passwords. This portable hacking tool doesnt requires installation so you can carry it on a usb stick and runs on different operating systems. You can also use this tool to transfer databases from one computer to another. If you can’t think of a good master password, don’t worry because this tool can generate a strong password for you.


Tool Category: Encryption Tools


KeepassX is a tool for users with very high demands when it regards to secure personal data management. KeePassX offers a utility for secure password creation and the password generator is highly customizable, fast and it’s very simple to use. The complete database is designed to work by always being encrypted either with AES or a Twofish encryption algorithm using a 256 bit key.

Is Keepassx Free?
Yes, KeepassX is free.

Does Keepassx Work on all Operating Systems?
Keepass works on Linux and Windows operating systems.

What are the Typical Uses for Keepassx?
KeepassX saves various data like usernames, passwords, attachments, urls and comments into one database. Users acan also put user-defined icons and titles for each entry. This entries can be sorted into groups which are also customizable.

Open SSH

Tool Category: Encryption Tools


What is openssh?
OpenSSH is a very popular SSH cybersecurity tool that is used by millions of web users. As any n00b can tell you, protocols like telnet, rlogin, and ftp are unsafe. OpenSSH gained immediate popularity by being able to transmitt encrypted communication and connectivity. The main benefit that OpenSSH brings is that it encrypts all traffic (including passwords) to effectively prevent eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and other attacks such as Man In The Middle cyberattacks. Additionally, OpenSSH provides secure tunneling capabilities and several authentication methods, and supports all SSH protocol versions.

Is openssh Free?
Yes, OpenSSH is free!

Does openssh Work on all Operating Systems?
OpenSSH works on Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

What are the Typical Uses for openssh?
The OpenSSH IT security tool and program helps by replacing insecure clients and protocols with the SSH Program, for example, rcp with scp, and ftp with sftp. OpenSSH also ships with SSHD which is the server side version of this popular security tool. There are a bunch of other uses with OpenSSH including ssh-add, ssh-agent, ssh-keysign, ssh-keyscan, ssh-keygen and sftp-server.


Tool Category: Encryption Tools


What is OpenSSL?
This is not strictly speaking a ‘hacking tool’ rather it is a project (called the ‘OpenSSL Project’) which aims to combine a fully commercial solution to providing cybersecurity professionals with a way to install a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) protocols. This project has a huge and very loyal following – so if you are looking for an SSL Solution then look no further.

Is OpenSSL Free?
Yes. OpenSSL is free.

Does OpenSSL Work on all Operating Systems?
OpenSSL works on Most Unix-like operating systems including Solaris, MAC OS X and the 4 open source BSD operating systems. It also works for OpenVMS and Microsft Windows.

What are the Typical Uses for OpenSSL?
OpenSSL is primarily used to create your own Certification Authority (CA) with which you can generate certificate to be used in other programs. This tool also let users to connect to a https service, generate random strings or numbers, online verification of certificates using the command line, extract information from a certificate, benchmark with OpenSSL, gerate a MD5 hash and benchmark remote connections.


Tool Category: Encryption Tools


What is OpenVPN?
OpenVPN is a popular and widely used hacker tool developed by OpenVPN Technologies. This cybersecurity organization has a focus on creating virtual network software that allows users to communicate securely in a reliable and scalable fashion. OpenVPN is by definition secure and follows the principles of traditional virtual private networks (VPN) and is extremely popular having been downloaded more than 3 million times!

Is OpenVPN Free?
Yes, its free for use.

Does OpenVPN Work on all Operating Systems?
Linux, Windows and MAC OS X. This tool is also available for you mobile phones.

What are the Typical Uses for OpenVPN?
OpenVPN allows peers to validate each other using a shared secret key, username, password or certificates. If you used it in a multiclient server configuration, it will allow the server to release an authentication certificate for every client. This tool also gives users an extensible framework that is designed to ease site specific customization.

Password Safe

Tool Category: Encryption Tools


What is Password Safe?
Password Safe is an open-source password database utility. Users can keep their passwords encrypted and unlock it by using or entering a single “Master Key”.

Is Password Safe Free?
Yes! This tool is free and you can also donate to keep this project going.

Does Password Safe Work on all Operating Systems?
This tool works on Microsoft Windows and has a beta, command-line version for Ubuntu and Debian operating systems.

What are the Typical Uses for Password Safe?
Password Safe enable users to create a secrured and encrypted username and password safely and easily. Users only have to create a single master key / password in order to unlock and access the list of your username and passwords.


Tool Category: Encryption Tools


What is Stunnel?
This tool is designed to work as an SSL encryption wrapper between remote servers and remote clients. Stunnel can benefit from FIPS 140-2 validation of the OpenSSL FIPS Object Module, as long as the building process meets its Security Policy. A scanned FIPS 140-2 Validation Certificate document is available for download on the NIST web page. The Windows binary installer is compiled with FIPS 140-2 support. The FIPS mode of operation is no longer enabled by default since stunnel 5.00.

Is Stunnel Free?
All official versions are free of charge.

Does Stunnel Work on all Operating Systems?
It works on Linux, Windows and MAC OS X.

What are the Typical Uses for Stunnel?
Stunnel can be used to add SSL functionality to commonly used functions such as POP2, POP3, and IMAP servers. The bonus is that if you use stunnel with one of the last mentioned protocols, you will not have to make any changes in tools code. Stunnel uses the OpenSSL library for cryptography.


Tool Category: Encryption Tools


What is Tor?
Widely accepted as a service that is both used by the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ of the Internet, the truth is that Tor is a great service and if you are even remotely interested in the cybersecurity space then this is a tool that you must become very familiar with. Tor is essentially a network of virtual tunnels that allows users to communicate privately online.

Is Tor Free?
Yes, Tor is free but remember that exit nodes of Tor are sometimes run by malicious parties that can sniff your traffic so evade authenticating using an insecure network protocol.

Does Tor Work on all Operating Systems?
Tor natively works on Linux, MAC OS X and Microsoft Windows.

What are the Typical Uses for Tor?
End users use Tor to keep websites (and in most uses, the authorities) from tracking their search queries, browsing history and messaging. One of Tor’s most popular uses is to hide the real IP address (location) of the user. Here are two excellent uses of Tor: firstly, rape and abuse victims can use private and secure chat rooms and web forums, and secondly, journalists can communicate more safely with one another.

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