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As products all have their strengths and weaknesses, this table attempts to demonstrate the strengths of PDS. Please note that any errors or missing applications is not intentional. For a more comprehensive list of features in PDS, please see the PDS Feature Matrix.



FEATURES SELECTED DESKTOP APPLICATIONS
PDS AxCrypt Privacy Toolbox WinZip 7-Zip Duplicity ZBackup

SUPPORTED ENVIRONMENTS

Apple MacBook (Pro, Air, iMac) Y N N N Y Y Y
Microsoft Windows Y N N Y Y ? ?
Linux/Unix Y Y Y Y Y N N
Install and run from a USB drive Y ? ? ? Y Y Y

ENCRYPTION / DECRYPTION

Secure text editor for notes and passwords Y N N N N N N
Secure encryption of individual files Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Secure verification of encrypted files Y N N N N N N
Secure encryption of directories Y N N Y Y Y Y
Secure verification of encrypted directories Y N N N N N N
Decrypt a subset of an encrypted directory Y N N Y Y ? ?
Encrypt and decrypt using tape devices Y N N N N N N
Append encrypted entries to tape devices Y N N N N N N

KEY MANAGEMENT

Create keystores Y N N N N N N
Generate highly random encryption keys Y ? ? Y Y ? ?
Save multiple encryption keys in a keystore Y N N N N N N
Re-use encryption keys Y ? ? N N N N
View encryption keys Y N N N N N N
Edit encryption keys Y N N N N N N
Delete encryption keys Y N N N N N N

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Graphical user interface Y Y Y Y ?(1) N N
Secure password generator Y N N N N N N
Include (optionally) timestamps when encrypting Y N N N N N N
Benefit from the advantages of Java Y N N N N N N


( 1 ) - Depends upon the Operating System.


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