Review: BeCrypt Disk Protect

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BeCrypt Disk Protect provides for two-factor authentication and also advanced encryption standard (AES) encryption of the entire hard drive. We configured BeCrypt Disk Protect to use password authentication, which was a little more difficult to install and configure than some of the other products.

At two hours and 10 minutes, BeCrypt Disk Protect was in the middle of the pack in terms of the time it took the products that we tested to encrypt the entire 60 GB drive. Once the drive was encrypted, PassMark’s Performance Test software showed no degradation of system performance. This was the only product tested that used the Windows Event Viewer for logging even in standalone mode.

BeCrypt Disk Protect provides a wizard for the installation and was very easy to install. The wizard, however, proved to be a bit buggy. The installation allows for single sign-on mode and also for creating an emergency repair disk.

If we selected these two options together, the system would go into a continous reboot loop after the installation was started. After three re-installs of the target OS, we disabled the single sign-on and passed on the emergency repair disk. This allowed the installation to continue and we were then able to initialize the single sign-on functionality. A quick start guide would have been helpful to better explain the terminology used in the wizard.

Documentation for this product is in the form of PDF files, which are indexed, searchable and easy to navigate. Disk Protect is easy to configure.

BeCrypt offers phone and email support, but online support is in the form of Frequently Asked Questions, so a support download file section would be beneficial.

Priced at the low end of the products that we tested, BeCrypt Disk Protect provided a quality whole disk encryption product that performs whole disk encryption adequately. This product could outperform many higher priced products if the installation bugs were worked out.

For: Easy wizard to use, product was superior despite a lower cost.
Against: Installation bugs required three re-installs of the target OS to get the installation correct.
Verdict: This product could outperform many higher priced products if the installation bugs were worked out.


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