I was introduced to AxCrypt by my good buddy Glenn Taggart, just over a year ago, and while I don’t currently use this application (I’m a diehard TrueCrypt fan), that doesn’t detract from the fact that this is a sweet encryption application – and free, as well.
AxCrypt takes a different approach than many other encryption applications inasmuch as it is not a stand alone executable application – instead, it’s fully integrated into Windows Explorer and is invoked from there. Integration into Windows Explorer makes it an ideal encryption application for less experienced Windows users.
As the following series of screen captures clearly show, AxCrypt integrates seamlessly into Windows Explorer’s context (right click) menu.
Right clicking on the selected file/folder in Windows Explorer, followed by selecting “AxCrypt – Encrypt”, begins the process of encryption.
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The next step requires the user to enter a protective password.
In the following graphic (following successful encryption) you’ll notice the green AxCrypt icon, indicating that encryption is now in force.
The decryption process is ever bit as simple –it’s virtually a mirror image of the encryption process.
The following graphic illustrates the decryption password box.
In the following graphic you’ll notice the green AxCrypt icon no longer shows – indicating that decryption has been successful.
Bonus: Built in file Shredder illustrated.
Right-click integration with Windows Explorer makes AxCrypt the easiest way to encrypt individual files in Windows.
Double-click integration makes it as easy to open, edit and save encrypted files as it is to work with unencrypted files.
Many additional features, but no configuration required, just install it and use it.
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.
Available languages: English, Danish, Swedish, German, Dutch, Hungarian, Spanish, French, Italian and Norwegian.
System requirements: Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, 2008, Win 7 (32 and 64 bit system support).
Download at: Developer’s site (Axantum Software AB).
It’s not always possible to cover all the features and benefits of an application in a short review article – additional information is available at the developer’s FAQ page.
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