Notepad With Added Encryption Makes A Great Password Saver


SafepadNot all Windows programs have the ability to encrypt your saved data files with a password. Some, such as the Microsoft Office apps, do. But a quick Google search for password cracking apps will show you that these passwords are not always as secure as they could be.

Safepad is a simple Windows notepad replacement. But its major strength is that it supports (indeed requires) encryption. When you save a file, you're asked for a password. Without that password, you can't subsequently reopen that file.

The password travels with the file. So you can safely email a copy of the file to, say, a friend or colleague and then telephone them to tell them the password. If anyone intercepts your email and gets a copy of the file, it'll be of no use to them if you used a sufficiently long password.

Safepad has all sorts of uses. Record your confidential notes, perhaps, or your list of passwords for the various web sites you use. Now, all you have to remember is the password for your Safepad file. Everything else is securely encrypted inside there. So even if someone steals your PC, or cracks your Windows password, your secrets are safe.

Safepad is free, and it's a 1 MB download from The program is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust. It's portable too.

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For many years, my solution has been to simply zip the file, adding a password. 256-AES encryption should be secure enough for virtually anyone, and the software is trivially easy to find (I use either 7-Zip or PeaZip); an added advantage, of course, is that the file can usually be compressed.

One (minor) problem: The saved file can only be opened using the Safepad application. Any recipient of such a file would need to have a copy of Safepad on their computer. Not a big deal but there's an even easier way to save or send encrypted information. Use fSekrit (freeware) which produces a self-decrypting exe file requiring nothing more than knowing the password to extract and read the file. To me, simple is always better.

One problem (for me) re fSekrit > fSekrit runs across the entire windows range: 9x/NT/2K/XP, 32-bit as well as 64-bit x86 editions.

The Overview section at the developer's site bjm_-_ doesn't seem to have updated to match with the General info, which indicates supporting up to Windows 7, in the left column.

I tested fSekrit in Windows 10 64-bit and it still worked fine. It even worked in Linux with Wine.

Hmm, latest Release History is version 1.40 - December 3, 2009 and version 1.40 read me - December 3, 2009 says fSekrit should run across the entire windows range 9x/NT/2K/XP, as well as both 32- and 64-bit versions.
guess, I'll test too
EDIT: created test document and email attach same to myself > MAILER-DAEMONatyahoo Remote host said: 554 Message not allowed - [299] [BODY]
test doc works okay as far as I know.... but, my intended use for fSekrit was email.
fSekrit test doc has no way to view encrypted text like SafePad.

EDIT2: sent from yahoo to hotmail and > has blocked some attachments in this message because they appear to be unsafe.
my test came thru as not-encrypted text > "my dog has flees" > so some webmail filter drops encryption (assuming text was encrypted) and allows original text. IDK

That is the downside of emailing an exe file, which is commonly blocked by mail servers including GMail.
An alternative way is to upload the exe file to a cloud service such as Google Drive, then email the URL of the file to the recipient for downloading.

Hmm, I did not make that connection, encrypted as executable. Okay, more testing. Thanks.

Both version 1.3 and 1.2 trigger WinXP SP3 to throw the error: "SafePad.exe is not a valid Win32 application." Even moving it and its .dll to System32 gave the same results. Didn't find "install" instructions on the web site and one comment below says: "It's Portable!" Go Figure.

Launch SafePad from Desktop >
Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: CLR20r3
Problem Signature 01: SafePad.exe
Problem Signature 02:

Edit: fixed > I had moved SafePad out of the extracted folder away from SafePadClient. Fixed by having SafePad with SafePadClient in extracted folder.

It's Portable !