EncryptOnClick – Encrypt and Decrypt Files and Folders With A Few Clicks

The article I posted a few days ago – Free Secret Disk – Keep Your Secret Computer Files “Secret”, led to a more than a few reader questions on additional free encryption applications.

So, I’ve retested the updated versions of a number of free encryption applications I’ve recommended in the past few years, and I’ll post on these in the coming days – starting today with EncryptOnClick

EncryptOnClick ( last updated March 08, 2011), is a free program that lets you securely encrypt and decrypt files/folders. The program is very simple to use, and features military grade 256-bit AES encryption.

After you have launched the application, simply select the target file/folder you want to encrypt.

Following the easy interface, type a password for that file/folder which will then be encrypted. To open the encrypted file/folder at a later date, you must type the correct password.

In the following example I’ve chosen to encrypt a folder by clicking on the Folder button…

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which prompted me to browse and select the target folder.

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The application took approximately one minute to encrypt this 220 MB folder and its sub folders.

In the following graphic you can see that the file I’ve highlighted, within the encrypted folder, can only be accessed through EncryptOnClick.

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Decrypting the selected folder is just as simple and straightforward.

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In the following graphic  you can see that the file I’ve highlighted within the folder (following  decrypting), can now be accessed normally.

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Fast facts:

A very secure encryption and decryption method is used (256-bit AES encryption)

Files are both compressed & encrypted, which results in a smaller file

Password protected

Will encrypt single files or all files in a folder

Very simple to use interface

Can be used on a USB key

Fully Unicode enabled so filenames in any language can be encrypted

Will encrypt, decrypt, compress, and uncompress files which can also be opened and decrypted using third party programs like WinZip 9 – provided the correct password is used

Will detect if you’re decrypting a file that is in a temporary folder, and if so, will prompt you to see if you would like to decrypt it into a different folder

Command line parameters can be used

Complete help file

Tip: Run on a Flash Drive by copying the files EncryptOnClick.exe, EncryptOnClick.exe manifest, ExceedZip.dll to a named folder on the Flash Drive.

System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7 and NT.

Download at: Download.com

Tomorrow: Free Encrypt Stick reviewed.

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7 responses to “EncryptOnClick – Encrypt and Decrypt Files and Folders With A Few Clicks

  1. kenneth lunkins

    boy bill i would be in trouble, i can’t remenber my own
    psw….(smile) you know i get lost walking down the driveway.

  2. Bill,

    Encrypt On Click is by far my most favorite file encryption app. A trick with this – Once you encrypt a file, the filename remains the same which in essence could reveal the importance of the file. What I do in that case is rename the encrypted file to something less obvious. When you go to decrypt it, the file will return, ready to use, with its’ original name. Love this stuff!

    Rick

  3. Hey Bill,

    What a timely article, I was just searching for the best encryption program. I will be waiting for your next articles to come out but I will check this one out as well.

    Do you know how it works with these programs? Once you encrypt a folder, do you need to enter a password to add files to that folder? or only when you access the files already in the folder?

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