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Product Review: eSafe – a Personal Encryption Application

Sep 24, 20092 mins
Business ContinuityData and Information SecurityPhysical Security

Disclaimer:  The following review reflects my views and in no way constitutes an endorsement on behalf of CSO.

Security begins with the individual

When most people hear of data breaches, large scale incidents like the Heartland Payment Systems breach come to mind.  Most don’t consider that an enterprise breach usually starts with data from individual systems.  Gartner points out that encryption must be extended to all personal computers, not just company servers.  Encryption not only addresses data leakage during personal and business use, but also when the hardware is retired.  According to Gartner, criminals often buy salvaged hard drives and retrieve sensitive personal information from them.  They recommend using strong encryption on files containing such information.  Encryption Security Solutions’ eSafe addresses this need.


One of the greatest issues with any software package is its usability.  This is among eSafe’s strengths.  I was able to install and begin using the program within minutes.  The clarity of the instruction document was refreshing.  It was clear that the designers studied the way their product would be utilized in the field.  Non-technical instructions were accompanied by screen shots that familiarized me with the product within five minutes.

The interface was elegant.  Encryption/decryption is initiated by dragging the target file onto the eSafe desktop icon.  You need only provide a file name for the encrypted file and an encryption password.  eSafe does the rest.

System Foot Print

The eSafe installation uses less than 250 KB of disk space.  The eSafe executable uses approximately 2,540 KB of RAM.

Encryption Algorithm

eSafe comes standard with 256 bit, AES encryption.  The engine’s performance was impressive.  I was able to encrypted a 25MB file within 5 seconds.  Other encryption algorithms are available by contacting the team.


eSafe is a player to watch in the individual encryption product market.  It allows you to contribute to the security posture of your home or business environment by encrypting your critical information.  It has a small system foot print, thus mitigating the risk of conflict with legacy software.  Most importantly, it offers strong AES encryption at an affordable price point.  For more information, go to


Steven F. Fox provides security guidance to ensure compliance with Federal standards and requirements as a Senior Security Architecture and Engineering Advisor for the IRS. Fox contributes to multiple working groups including the IPv6 transition team, Developer Security Testing workgroup and the Security and Privacy workgroup. He brings a cross-disciplinary perspective to the practice of information security; combining his experience as a security consultant, an IT Auditor and a systems engineer with principles from behavioral/organizational psychology to address security challenges. He is a syndicated blogger covering IT Governance, Risk Management and IT-Business fusion topics. He also volunteers his time to the Ponemon Institute and Security BSides Detroit. Follow him on Twitter - Join his LinkedIn network -