Quick Crypt: Encrypt Single File In Windows 10/8/7

Quick Crypt: Encrypt Single File In Windows 10/8/7

Prior versions of Windows Vista operating system, including the now half “dead” Windows XP, didn’t include drive encryption system and users had to rely on third-party tools like TrueCrypt to get encryption feature in Windows. This changed with the inclusion of BitLocker Drive Encryption in Vista to encrypt data without the help of third-party tools and was simplified in Windows 7. Even though BitLocker Drive Encryption is easy to use, the biggest catch is that it’s available only in certain editions such as Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Windows. Likewise the encryption feature is present only in the Pro edition of Windows 10/8.1. The other downsides are BitLocker lets you encrypt drives only, meaning that you can’t encrypt single files, and also, Windows 7 (not sure about Windows 10/8.1) chooses the 48 digit password for you and you have no freedom to enter a password of your choice here. Whether you’re on an edition of Windows without BitLocker or you want to encrypt a single file, there is a new free tool out there to help you. Quick Crypt is a free tool designed to encrypt individual files with a password of your choice. Quick Crypt sports a dead simple user interface and very easy to use. Using this tool is as simple as using any other software out there to password protect folders. Simply launch Quick Crypt, drag and drop file(s) that you would like to encrypt (an option is available to browse to the file as well), and then encrypt it using a password. Quick Crypt offers 256-bit AES encryption and should be good enough for most users. According to the developer, it stores password hint, file owner and comment in the encrypted file, and the encrypted file can’t be decrypted on another computer if you have encrypted the file using a system ID unique to the computer on which you have encrypted the file. Also, it lets you configure the encrypted file to expire after a certain number of days, a very useful feature indeed. The current version of Quick Crypt also includes a File Eraser to permanently erase files from your drive. Above all, it’s portable software, meaning that it doesn’t require an installation and you can carry it on a USB drive as well. All in all, it’s an excellent piece of software to encrypt individual files in Windows. The download size is less than 125 KB! Please note that it requires .NET 4.5. If you’re on Windows 7, make sure that .NET 4.5 is installed, and if you’re on Windows 10/8.1, you don’t need to worry as Windows 8/8.1 includes .NET 4.5. If you find Quick Crypt useful, we have a small tip to make it even more useful. Launch Quick Crypt, click Tools and then click Create shortcut in Send To folder to add Quick Crypt shortcut to the Send To menu. Once the entry is in the Send To menu, you can right-click on a file, select Send To > Quick Crypt to launch the program and encrypt your file. How to use BitLocker To Go to encrypt USB drive guide might also interest you. Download Quick Crypt

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