BUFFALO Secure Lock Ware

BUFFALO Secure Lock Ware 2.66

A free tool to keep the data in your Buffalo USB drives locked and secure
2.5  (4 votes)
2.66 (See all)

BUFFALO Secure Lock Ware is BUFFALO’s free solution to the security needs of their external drives users. This Fort-Knox-like simple software performs two security-related tasks – first, it locks and unlocks any BUFFALO USB portable device, and secondly, SLW encrypts and decrypts any file or folder using AES encryption technology, the same the US Government uses. You are just required to remember a password – now, if you forget this password, you have lost your data. As simple as that. There is no master key, no hidden software utility that may recover your password should you forget or lose it. Your password is the only key to an encryption technology that cannot be broken – Advanced Encryption Standard, probably the most secure encryption technology out there.

It may be true that the insides of the encrypting/decrypting engine may be too complicated to be broken, but the truth is that Buffalo SLW’s interface could not be simpler. Once you have decided on the different settings available (basically the encryption compression level, and where and how you want to encrypted files to be stored), everything the program will ask you for is… a password. Regardless of the operation you want to perform (lock or unlock your external drives, encrypt or decrypt a file or a folder), everything you have to type in is a password. Simple, yet effective.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary


  • Includes a neat encryption/decryption tool for files and folders
  • Straightforward functionality


  • Cannot be used for external drives other than Buffalo's
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