PORTLAND, Ore.óComputer security is directly proportional to the complexity of the encryption algorithm, the length of its key, and the complexity of the password used. Unfortunately, the security of a password is directly proportional to the difficulty of remembering them, since the best passwords mix random upper and lower case characters with numbers and punctuation. Large Software's new docLock app gives Windows-OS users access to military-grade encryption algorithms that combine drag-and-drop convenience with "visual passwords" that obviate the need to remember them, according to the company.
The standard 128-bit encryption key used by docLock is already uncrackable using conventional trial-and-error techniques, according to Large Software (San Diego), a privately held firm founded in 2006 by NNJ Corp. But users who fear state-sponsored cryptanalysis using super- or even quantum-computer hacks can choose the latest military-grade algorithms, including BlowFish, Cast-128, 3Des, Des, Gost, RC2, Rijnadael and Twofish.
For those fearful that their passwords could be guessed, or who must adhere to company-wide mandates to regularly change your 15-character passwords with random upper- and lower-case characters, numbers and punctuation marks, docLock allows you to hide your hard-to-remember passwords in a photograph. Then whenever asked for a password, the user merely chooses the photo in which it is hidden.
Ultra-secure passwords can be automatically generated, and embedded in photos, with an easy-to-use drag-and-drop interface that encourages regularly changing them. User can also distribute secure files by email or on thumb-drives to other Windows users who do not have to install docLock in order to decrypt them. For those with docLock installed, the utility also features options to securely delete sensitive data from hard drives of Windows-based computers.
Drag-and-drop military grade encryption uses "visual passwords" to ease security woes, according to Large Software.