Not many of us, it seems, bothers to lock our computers while we’re temporarily away from the machine creating a perfect opportunity for others to peek at our most sensitive and confidential files.
Quick tip: Press the Windows Key + L which, in Windows XP or Windows Vista, will lock your computer by displaying the Profile screen. When you click on your icon and type your password, you again have access to the PC.
Of course, it is not only those with physical access that can probe a computer for sensitive and confidential information. Internet malware attack statistics show, more and more, that this type of information is targeted by hackers/information thieves, for the purpose of identity theft.
Can it happen to you? The short answer is – you can count on an attempt. The reality is; there is no such thing as a totally secured internet connected computer. All internet connected computers are subject to attack.
To reduce, or eliminate, the security threat of sensitive data exposure, the most prudent course of action is data encryption. Essentially, data encryption is a secure process for keeping your sensitive and confidential information private. It is a process by which bits of data are mathematically jumbled with a password-key. The Encryption process makes the data unreadable unless, or until decrypted.
EncryptOnClick is a free program that lets you securely encrypt and decrypt files. 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.
A very secure encryption and decryption method is used (256-bit AES encryption).
Files are both compressed & encrypted, which results in a smaller file.
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.
OnClick 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.
Free technical support, online forums, knowledge base, and FAQs at 2BrightSparks
Tip: Use on a USB key by copying the files EncryptOnClick.exe, EncryptOnClick.exe manifest, ExceedZip.dll to a named folder on the USB key.
Tip: If you need more encryption power checkout the review and download link for TrueCrypt on this Blog.
System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
Download at: Download.com