Windows Notepad With Added Encryption Keeps Your Thoughts Safe


Secure Edit is a simple Windows notepad program with a difference.  It encrypts your text files, using the well-known Blowfish algorithm, which means that someone without the password can't read them.  This makes it useful for keeping private notes on your computer, and it's also handy for storing passwords.  

Unlike a dedicated password vault program, which can automatically paste your stored passwords into the correct login forms on web sites, and back up your passwords to the cloud, this is a much simpler program.  Which is why I like it.  It pretty much does just one thing, and seems to do it very well.  

To use the program, type your chosen text into the editor as normal.  Before saving, type your chosen password into the box at the top of the screen (click on the *** button if you want to be able to see what you're typing).  

Note that the program is not designed to save un-encrypted files, and indeed will refuse to do so.  So there's no risk of inadvertently saving a plaintext file without a password.

You'll find the program at and it's a download of around 3 MB.  It's malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust. 



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Oops. I encrypted one (1) file using Wordpad. Later, I tried to open a Windows Word file and discovered SE had encrypted every Word file on my computer - and it would not let me open any of them even though I was using the correct password. Thank goodness I had backed up "My Documents" a month ago.

I do NOT recommend this program.

An interesting program, I really can't decide which portable folder to put it in as it seems to be a text editor, password program, and temp cleaner all in one :-)

I've always liked MemPad, which is just a text editor but it uses a proprietary file format with an option to password the file. I've no idea how strong the encryption is though to be honest.

What I like about it really is that it can create structured text files with a nested tree at the left, and an option to auto-generate dated tree entries, which makes it a very neat journal/diary program.

Re: Security - How does it compare to AxCrypt and/or simply zipping a file with a password?

It's a slightly different concept. With AxCrypt, say, editing the file would involve decrypting it, loading it into Notepad, saving it, and then re-encrypting. Use whichever method you prefer.

Thanks, Rob!
I downloaded SecureEdit to a Linux machine, and ran ClamTK on it; could be a case of false positive, but the antivirus came up with PUA.Win32.Packer.Rpolycryptor.

It is very similar to Locknote. However, when I checked Locknote last night, VirusTotal did not give it 100% so I didn't include it.

AVAST flagged it a few years ago, I reported it as a false positive, and never had any more issues.

It is very basic way to store sensitive info, like passwords. I use the Edit - Search function to find items. Works for me for passwords, as I do not trust the popular password managers that auto-fill and store on-line.

@Conure: That's a GREAT little gem!
Thanks for taking the time to post it here.

[Edit] I found an alternative that works the same way LockNote works, which is even smaller - only 50k: fSekrit (