Rohos Disk and Rohos Mini 2.3

July 1, 2016 saw the release of new versions of Rohos Disk Encryption and its free counterpart Rohos Mini. These applications received a facelift and improved internal design.

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Backup copies made faster in Rohos Disk Encryption 2.2

Rohos Disk ensures that your data is protected from third parties by locking the disk in your absence. The size of the disk can be increased as needed. You can create several disks on a PC, USB flash drive, or a DVD at the same time.

We’ve introduced a new version of Rohos Disk — Rohos Disk Encryption 2.2. A distinctive new feature that it brings is the remarkable Backup Disk functionality. Now making a backup copy of the contents of an encrypted disk is much faster and easier. Read more

Protecting your computer and data with ruToken

Authenticating for Windows and accessing a secret disk with a ruToken key.

User authentication and identification on Windows with USB keys.In short: now the popular ruToken identification device can be used in Rohos Logon Key and Rohos Disk as the one key needed to log in to Windows and your protected data. Rohos Logon Key works fully on Windows Vista/7 and also supports authorization for remote desktops using a ruToken. User authentication and identification with USB keys.

The ruToken device has been developed by the Russian company Aktiv, which produces a family of identification devices for user device-based authorization when accessing IT resources and protected electronic data. Read more

Setting up shared access to an encrypted disk

Rohos Disk Encryption allows you to set up shared access to an encrypted disk for different uses:

  1. Shared access for all users on a single computer. For example, on Windows Terminal Services,
    In this case, users do not need to know the password for the disk, and they do not need to launch Rohos Disk. They do not know where the disk’s file container is located, and they cannot delete it. Entering the password for accessing the disk is the responsibility of the Administrator or Rohos disk owner.
  2. Access for select users working with a single Windows computer.
    In this case, each user will know the password for the disk. Each user will enter the password for accessing the disk independently of the others whenever necessary.
  3. Shared access using a shared folder on the network.
    In this case, the Rohos disk drive letter open for shared access on the local network will be a file server. Entering the password for activating the Rohos disk will be done once each day by the Administrator or Rohos disk owner. The Administrator or owner will also assign network access rights to users and will be responsible for making backups and shutting down access to the disk.

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Using an electronic key for accessing Rohos Disk.

Configuring a key device for disk decryptionFor greater security and convenience, instead of a password you can use an electronic USB key to decrypt and open a disk. As a key, you can use a USB Flash storage device, a token, or a smart card. A full list of suitable devices can be found here.

You can create a key using the setup wizard immediately after installation, or by using the Setup a Key command in the main program window (see the illustration). Read more

Using electronic access keys in Rohos Disk

Configuring a key device for an encrypted diskFor convenience and security, instead of a password to open an encrypted disk you can use electronic USB access keys. As a key you can use a USB flash disk, a token, or a smartcard. A full list of compatible devices can be found here.

The master user can set a key for a disk immediately after installing the program, or by using the command Setup a Key in the main program window (see picture).

The password for the disk will remain on the key in encrypted form. When using some tokens users must also set and remember a PIN. All devices, with the exception of USB flash disks, require you to first install the manufacturer’s drivers. Some tokens or smartcards must first be initialized with the manufacturer’s utility. At our blog you will find an overview of the most popular devices for protecting your information.

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Shared Rohos Disk on Terminal Server, network or standalone PC.

Rohos Disk Encryption allows you to set up shared access to an encrypted disk for various purposes:

  1.  Common access to all users of a single computer. This is default behavior of Rohos Disk letter access mode. All users on a computer or terminal server is able to access and work with encrypted drive letter. Users do not need to know the disk password, and they do not need to run the Rohos Disk program. Nobody knows where the disk file container and cannot delete it. The password for accessing the disk is entered by the Administrator or the owner of the Rohos disk.
  2. Access rules on a Windows Terminal Server. In this case only selected users knows the password for the disk. Each user enters the password for accessing the disk independently whenever necessary. Secured Disk is accessed by using plain password or a hardware based key.
  3. Shared access through a shared network folder. The Rohos disk drive letter will be open for common access on the local network from the computer which acts as the file server. Entering the password to enable the Rohos disk is done by the Administrator or owner of the Rohos disk once per day. He or she will also grant users privileges for network access and is also responsible for making backups and shutting down access to the disk.

 

Common access for all users of a single computer.

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In the Rohos Disk options you must enable Enable shared disk drive (local and network) – this option is ON by default .

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ICQ/Skype encryption in Rohos Disk v.2.0

We are glad to announce the release of Rohos Disk 2.0.

Tesline-Service company is always trying to keep up with the trends of IT world, and now it is ready to offer you Rohos software already compatible with Windows 8. The new features have been added to simplify the encryption process without compromising data security. This new encryption feature for folders and applications will make it possible for any PC user to protect their data.

ICQ/Skype encryption

Can you ever imagine your virtual life without instant messengers like ICQ or Skype? You’ll probably say it is hardly possible. Yes. It seems to be true. Most of users can hardly imagine their everyday life without all these cyber tools, and, after all, why should we deprive ourselves of convenience and comfort while communicating with our business partners or friends, or while performing free calls or exchanging instant messages or files?

ICQ and Skype are one of the most popular instant messengers. These programs keep all your contacts, so you have your friends and partners in one list. These communication tools allow you to have access to several user accounts and keep all your passwords. One instant messenger holds the passwords to your social networking profiles (Facebook etc.). With this handy approach you can save both your time and computer space.

Believe it or not, if you step away from your computer and leave it unsupervised you may suffer from an intruder overwhelmed with curiosity or driven by evil intent. The access to your chat history, passwords and exchanged files remains absolutely insecure. So, what can you do to protect all your passwords and chat history?


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Safe encryption with Rohos Disk Encryption 1.9

Rohos Disk Encryption 1.9 Release
March 14, 2012.

We announce a release of the advanced version – Rohos Disk Encryption v.1.9 – with the final updates and new function. The Rohos Disk Encryption program allows you to store the information encrypted on any USB flash drive, hard drive or CD/DVD. We use one of the most secure data encryption algorithms – AES 256 bit.  «Encryption on-the-fly» is an instant process hiding your personal information and confidential data any time you work with them.

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Rohos Logon Key v. 2.9 improvements for Windows 7

Dear users and customers, we are happy to announce a few improvements in Rohos Logon Key. New features affects “Allow login only by USB Key” feature specially when using Rohos Logon in corporate network or Windows Remote Desktop services.

What’s new:

1. When you use “Allow to login only by USB Key” feature, you may define a set of users that will be able still to login by a regular password (without USB Key). Please note:
– Current user name is added to this list automatically by default .
– We recommend to set it to Terminal Server administrator user name
– If it is blank: regular password based login will be disabled for any user (ensure that you have defined Emergency Login or have a valid USB Key)
– Rohos Icon in Credentials Prompt dialog box allows any user name credential to be entered manually.


2. On the Windows 7/2008 logon screen you have Rohos logon icon.

Now it contains User name and password fields. This is designed specially for network Admins to be able to access computer in a regular way locally or via Remote Desktop.


3. User Account Control credentials prompt with Rohos icon. Now you can regular use here User Name and password. Please note – this credentials prompt accepts USB Key or any user name and password entered manually.


4. On Windows 7/ 2008 Rohos logon key creates “Rohos Logon Key (User)” shortcut that allows regular users to setup and manage USB Key for Windows authentication.


5. USB key redirection into Remote Desktop

Rohos Logon Key allows to setup redirected USB flash drive as a Login Key for Windows Remote Desktop.

On the screenshot “\\tsclient\G” is a USB flash drive connected to client PC. After setting up this USB drive it will contain also portable Rohos components to login into Remote Desktop from any PC with this Key (without installing Rohos on it)


A few notes about Windows Remote Desktop services support

Today In most configurations “Network Level Authentication” option is used on a Windows Terminal Server (TS). It  means after providing credentials in the MS Remote Desktop Connection user login straight into Remote Desktop (without entering credentials at login screen).

In this case you need to use “Allow to login only by USB Key” option in Rohos Logon Key (installed on TS). So NLA will be used anyway but in addition require USB Key in Terminal Server login screen. This will enforce 2-factor authentication principle : Remote Desktop users will be able to provide credentials at RDC and USB Key will be verified also.

If you are Network Administrator you will be able to login into TS by using regular username/password .

Remote Desktop connection passthrough

On Windows 7 / Windows 2008 R2 rohos credential provider support passthrough authentication for Remote Desktop login (based on NLA – Network Level Authentication). Once credentials are authenticated via NLA it will be used by Rohos.

To enable this feature: Open Rohos Logon Key > Options > More > and enable “Enable authentication filter”.


Windows 7 / 2008 logon screen editor

Now Rohos Logon allows to edit logon screen picture (background) and user icons.

The list of options you can customize on Windows 7 logon screen by Rohos:

  • Hide Rohos Logon Key icon
  • Change the picture of Rohos Logon Key icon
  • Hide any user icon or just a single icon
  • Change background picture of logon screen

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Rohos Mini and Rohos Disk v.1.8. Keep folders hidden!

(updated February 10, 2011)

You share your computer with somebody but would rather keep your data private??? It’s not always possible. Using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Skype??? Well, for an experienced user it’s a piece of cake to find and look through your Skype chat’s logs without being signed into your account. And now you can keep all those gawkers away from your computer data with Rohos encryption programs.

Rohos Developers have been asked to implement Hide folder feature which in future will eventually step-by-step lead to the long-awaited feature – complete Account Encryption (all applications and data are encrypted) but about this you’ll learn more later.

Hide folder option in Rohos Mini Drive and Rohos Disk Encryption brings affordable and AES 256 strength encryption solution to your security issues by preventing unauthorized access to your private data in PC folders by local or network users. Your protected items can be quickly and easily rendered inaccessible to other users but are instantly accessible when you turn on your Rohos disk.

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Encrypted files are one click away with Rohos Disk v.1.7

Your USB flash drive data protection and its portability demands are increasing, yet with today’s offers we have in software community there are small chances you might find a worthwhile application.

So what do you use to password protect your USB drive and have secure access to your encrypted partition on Public PCs without having administrative rights?

Long time anticipated by fans of portable encryption solutions possibility to create an encrypted area on a USB disk/key that a user can open/mount, double click and open the files, and close as required, without Admin rights is now implemented in Rohos Data Security solutions Rohos Disk Encryption and Rohos Mini Drive. You do not need Administrative privileges, and yet you can double click and open say a Word doc, and then save it to the same place without leaving any traces of working with it.

You may say – “There are solutions that have a portable disk Explorer utility that allows working with an encrypted disk without Admin rights”. Yes, but very few disk encryption solutions provide decent disk Explorer performance. Meaning that in many of them you can only extract a file outside the disk Explorer and then open it.  After some changes to the file have been done, if any, you should Import file back to the Disk Explorer. In this case “on-the-fly” encryption principle doesn’t work.  The obvious disadvantages of such approach – ‘unencrypted files’ may be left behind on a guest PC or unsecured part of the USB flash drive, and you can’t work with big files.

Try Rohos Disk Encryption (shareware) or Rohos Mini Drive (freeware) and discover:

  • File Virtualization. Open files via Rohos Disk Browser in associated application without first decrypting them into temporary folder. Rohos virtualizes file presence for the application, thus it works with encrypted file by using “on-the-fly” encryption principle.

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Rohos Disk v.1.6. Rohos Disk Browser supports NTFS in “read-write” mode.

Exciting news!

Rohos Disk Encryption brings new and exciting opportunities for its users  to work with encrypted partition created on USB flash drive in NTFS format. Now NTFS partitions opened on a PC with no Admin rights via Rohos Disk Browser work in “read-write” mode.

Rohos Disk Encryption is one of the leading solutions for data security has enhanced opportunity to use your secured disk in the most effective way. Having large encrypted partitions, e.g. 100 GB, you easily work (read and edit) with your data on any PC.

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What’s new:

Rohos Disk Encryptionchoose the right solution for your precious data security.

Rohos Disk v.1.5 – new Rohos Disk Browser

(updated on July, 24)

We are glad to announce new Rohos Disk and Rohos Mini v.1.5  with updated Rohos Disk Browser application. Rohos Disk Browser enables you to open and view the contents of secret partitions on a USB drive on any other computer, even if you do not have administrative rights.

Download v.1.5

What’s new:

  1. List of file names now are sorted in alphabetic order
  2. List of files now has a small icons and looks just like in Explorer
  3. Fixed bug of wrong folder icon under Vista/Seven
  4. Improved Unicode support for FAT/FAT32
  5. Added Virtual Keyboard. Press “***” button to open VK and click it to type in your password.
  6. Improved translation handling. Now language is automatically taken from global settings. However there are translation issues  – if Disk Browser is opened without Admin rights on Vista (enabled UAC), therefore it is recommended to run Rohos Disk Browser with full privileges.
  7. Improved error reporting
  8. Fixed bug in Rohos Disk driver that leads to Windows Error (Blue Screen) after pulling out USB drive (that contains Rohos disk container file) without disconnecting Rohos disk.
  9. Added Traditional Chinese language UI
  10. Added Umikey OTP token support.

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List of file names are in alphabetic order

Rohos Disk v.1.4

We are glad to announce Rohos Disk Encryption v.1.4

What’s new:

  • More tools for additional disks: Browse, Create disk shortcut.
  • New “Options” allows to choose/change UI language and enable/disable log files
  • Now by default Rohos doesn’t write log files for troubleshooting purposes
  • Improvements in “Connect Disk” dialog
  • Minor fixes and UI improvements in main window
  • Fixed Autorun feature. Now Rohos correctly runs shortcuts with command line options.

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Rohos Disk Encryption v.1.3

We are glad to announce Rohos Disk Encryption v.1.3 release. Now Rohos Disk Encryption is independent from some Rohos Logon Key settings, e.g. USB key choise, and also the program has data backup reminder if the password protected part is located on a USB flash drive.

What’s new:

  1. USB key settings are independent from Rohos Logon Key. Upon choosing new USÐ’ key it immediately comes into effect.
  2. There is new module in the program – “Rohos Disk service”, it’s in charge of disk’s autonomous operation (e.g., upon PC shutdown Rohos disk will be disconnected only after all other programs have  stopped using the encrypted disk).
  3. Convenient display of several connected Rohos disks in the program’s Main Window. Now additional disks could be easily checked for errors, it’s easy to create a backup copy of encryption keys and even to restore them.

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Rohos Disk for YubiKey

Especially for YubiKey users Tesline-Service would like to announce Rohos Disk v.1.30 beta release. Now you may securely access your encrypted partition just by one touch. Nice and easy!

Download Rohos Disk v.1.30 (beta)

YubiKey benefits in Rohos Disk:

  • No need to re-program YubiKey in static mode; both YubiKey configurations are supported
  • Rohos Disk allows to authenticate YubiKey OTP against any server (Yubico server settings included)
  • Also there is an option to enter YubiKey’s AES key so Rohos Disk could decrypt and verify it locally

If you re-programed YubiKey in a static password mode, you can also use it in Rohos Disk.

You may see the video on “How to Access Rohos Disk with YubiKey

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How to backup data on the USB drive secured partition

Rohos Disk Encryption software allows users to have  new secure storage on a computer or USB flash drives. In this post we would like to underline the importance of data back-up especially if you are using Rohos disk on USB flash drives. Due to nature of USB flash drives (portable and special memory design) its memory is subject to external influence and the data integrity is not so strong.

Most people realize the importance of data back-up after the disaster has happened:

  • they lost USB stick with secured partition on it
  • after a couple of month of using secure partition on the USB flash drive it has numerous of File System errors due to missed Disk Check procedures
  • after an occasional (but still possible) USB memory data sector failure a part or entire secure Rohos partition is damaged

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How to safely re-format USB Flash Drive into NTFS

Rohos Disk Encryption software creates hidden and protected partition on the USB flash drive. With the help of the program you may password-protect a part of your USB flash drive and open it on any computer by simply entering your password.

Since most USB Flash drives, even the larger ones, are normally formatted with the FAT32 file system – there are limitation on the maximum size of the encrypted partition of 2 or 4 GB (max file size limitation).

In order to create a secured partition that is bigger than 2 Gb you need to change your USb stick into NTFS format.

Before changing the file system on a USB drive care should be taken to backup any critical data on it just in case the process does not work.

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Rohos Disk Encryption for Mac OS X

Rohos disk under mac os xRecently we have come across wonderful application Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac OS X. It allows to use Windows applications under Mac seamlessly.  We tested Rohos Disk and Rohos Mini Drive under Parallels (+winxp) and figured out that we don’t need to port Rohos Disk under Mac OS X :).

It works greatly under Parallels virtual PC!

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