Puffer

Puffer 4.05

Puffer is a general purpose 256-bit AES encryption utility
5.0  (1 vote)
4.05 (See all)

Privacy is as concerning nowadays as it was 10 years ago. If you own sensitive data that you want to keep protected against any interception or prying eyes, you should consider the only completely fail-safe solution available: encryption. And what better encryption is than the consecrated, already-proven AES encryption that's also used by the US military. Puffer is a handy tool that does exactly that: it lets you use the reliable AES algorithm to send emails and files to whomever you want, while keeping the transferred data completely secure and protected against unauthorized access.

Puffer is in fact not only capable of encrypting files, but also capable of compressing them and of hiding them, using steganography (hiding data into images), so that it facilitates sending the confidential data to your contacts. Puffer creates zip-style PUF archives that are easy to manage, and it also offers handy wiping options that let you permanently and completely shred any data, beyond recovery.

As you can see, this cool app is quite powerful and feature-rich. Despite being rather comprehensive, it's also simple to use. Its interface is intuitive and straightforward. Anyone should be able to use it without any trouble.

I also like a lot the fact that it lets you create self-decrypting archives which can be distributed to users that don't have Puffer installed. Therefore, encrypted archives created with Puffer can be opened anywhere, by the right people, and this makes Puffer really convenient and effective. Last but not least, Puffer can protect files, as well as texts, and as a result, in includes a handy text editor and a nice clipboard viewing function.

To sum it all up, Puffer is a really nice tool. I know, its name is a bit weird, but other than that, it's a great app that does an amazing job at helping you protect private data.

Margie Smeer
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Review summary

Pros

  • Reasonable price
  • Includes steganography capabilities
  • Can also permanently shred data

Cons

  • Rather old, obsolete-looking interface
  • If you forget the assigned password, there's no other way of opening the encrypted archives
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