Tales From the Crypt, File Encryption Made Simple

From time to time we all have files that we want to put somewhere that no one else can see. Axcrypt is the best desktop file encryption software that I’ve found. Once you download and install it you’ll notice that it has placed an entry on your context menu so that whenever you highlight a file you can select ‘axcrypt’ and it will bring up a screen that asks for your password. Input your password, the file encrypts as fast as a file zips, and it’s your set and no one can touch it but you. The beauty is that you can also go through that same process with a folder and it will encrypt every file under the folder. Anyone can still enter the folder but they’ll see that every file in the folder is encrypted. You can do the same thing to decrypt the file.

One thing I’ll point out. There is a difference between this way of securing your files and a locking a file folder. Axcrypt is fast but it goes through the process of encrypting every file so if you wanted to quickly lock a folder with a 3,000 files in it and still have quick access to each of those files the best thing to do would be to lock the folder and not each file. You can’t do that with Axcrypt. I have not found a freeware solution that works well for that specific need. There is a popular shareware product named Folder Lock that works nicely but it is shareware and someday someone will come out with a freeware version of something that locks folders well but I have not seen it yet.

Axcrypt is a snap to install and it works really well for encrypting files.bones



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