Provides secure AES-128 encryption of files with wonderfully simple usage.


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Pros & Cons:

Right-click integration with Windows Explorer makes AxCrypt the quickest way to encrypt individual files. AxCrypt makes it as easy to open, edit and save encrypted files as it is to work with unencrypted files. Use this one when you want file-by-file encryption that is integrated into the Windows shell.
The install program uses the Open Candy system for bundled third party software. You can decline to install the bundled software if you like.

Our Review:

AxCrypt provides secure AES-128 encryption of single files using passwords, and optionally key-files as well, which AxCrypt can generate for you.

Usage is wonderfully simple. To encrypt a file or files in a folder, just right-click the file or folder and select "encrypt". Simply double-clicking an encrypted file lets you edit or view it with the program of your choice (you must supply the password). Closing an open file automatically re-encrypts the file.

Self-decrypting files are also supported, removing the need to install AxCrypt to decrypt.

Besides the desktop applicaton which has a portable version, the developer also offers AxCrypt for Android and iOS, which is a viewer app to open and read files and documents encrypted with the desktop application.


Note: The AxCrypt install program now uses Open Candy to bundle/install third party software with AxCrypt. That does not present a real problem - you have the option to opt out of the unsolicited software.

"If you are in need of a plain Windows Installer (.msi) installer package, for example for group policy deployment or if you for any other reason want an installer that is entirely free of the OpenCandy code, please register for an account and log on." ~From the AxCrypt site.

AxCrypt was reviewed by on based on version 1.7.2931.0.