Note: This review addresses v220.127.116.11 of the
AxCrypt offers a simple, free way to encrypt individual files.
Right-click a file, a few files, or a folder, select an option from
the AxCrypt submenu, enter a password (you can save a default), and
the file becomes inaccessible to those not in the know.
You can simply encrypt the files, turning each one into an
AxCrypt-associated .axx file, encrypt a copy to an .axx file, or
encrypt a copy to a self-executing .exe file–handy if you’re
sending it to someone who doesn’t have AxCrypt. Actually, that
feature’snot as handy as you might think. Many e-mail systems won’t
allow you to mail or receive .exe file attachments, making it
tricky to send to others.
You can also use AxCrypt to shred a file, overwriting it with
random data so it cannot be retrieved. But it’s a simple shredder,
without using the more complex secure delete algorithms found in
programs like Eraser.
Speaking of algorithms, AxCrypt uses 128-bit AES encryption, and
doesn’t include an option for the presumably more secure AES-256.
But according to a report by security expert Bruce Schneier, AES-128 is actually more
secure than AES-256, although neither are really breakable in any
practical sense–at least if you have a strong
AxCrypt provides something for people who don’t bother to create
a strong password. You can let the program create a Key-File, is a
plain text file containing a very long and random string of
characters. You therefore don’t have to remember the password; you
just have to avoid losing the Key-File–and take care not to let
the wrong person get their hands on it.
Note: This software comes in 32-bit and 64-bit
versions. This is the 64-bit version, which is for 64-bit PCs
running a 64-bit OS. If your PC is running a different supported
OS, please download the 32-bit version
instead. This program is donationware. It is free to try, but the
author accepts and encourages donations towards further