Sometimes, you need to protect sensitive data from others opening it. Sometimes, friends have this annoying habit of opening files on your laptop or something that might embarrass you. Even company confidential files need to be protected. This will be helpful incase you lose your laptop or something. So, there are so many reasons to encrypt files, folders or even the entire partition for that matter. There are so many utilities. Most famous of them is AxCrypt. We’ve been using it for quite sometime. It is tried and tested by more than 1.5 million across the globe. AxCrypt is Open Source and Free. Very simple to install and use. It integrates seamlessly with Windows to compress, encrypt, decrypt, store, send and work with individual files.
1. Right-click integration with Windows Explorer makes AxCrypt the easiest way to encrypt individual files in Windows.
2. Double-click integration makes it as easy to open, edit and save encrypted files as it is to work with unencrypted files.
3. AxCrypt encrypts files that are safely and easily sent to other users via e-mail or any other means. Self-decrypting files are also supported, removing the need to install AxCrypt to decrypt.
4. AxCrypt is translated into English, Danish, Swedish, German, Dutch, Hungarian, Spanish, French, Italian and Norwegian so chances are it speaks your preferred language.
This tool is very handy. But, There are many such software and here is a partial list;
TrueCrypt – Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux.
LockNote – If you want to just have a password protected file then this is best. No installation needed.
DiskCryptor – Open Source tool which offers encryption of all disk partitions, including the system partition.
OmZiff – File protection everywhere you go