5 Free File Encryption Software for Windows

If you need to password protect your files and folders in Windows 7, we can use some great freeware to do so easily. We can download various Encryption programs to keep our personal stuff and valuable data safe. While there exists a plethora of these freeware for Windows 7, some that will definitely suit your requirements are mentioned here. Read to find more about them.

Free File Encryption Software for Windows

AxCrypt

AxCrypt is the leading open-source file encryption software for Windows. It allows you to password protect any number of files using strong AES – 128 File Encryption.

The program requires no configuration, simply install and use it. It allows Right-click integration with Windows Explorer so; one can easily encrypt individual files in Windows. Also, it features Double-click integration for opening, editing and saving the protected files.

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 This program though free for use is a donationware and the author encourages users to makedonationof $5 and upwards.

AxCrypt Key Features:

  • Seamless integration with Windows Explorer
  • Multiple languages support
  • Extensive command-line interface for scripting and programming

idoo File Encryption

Idoo File Encryption is feature-rich software that helps you lock and hide batch files in order to prevent unwanted access. The program is capable of encrypting most file formats such as Microsoft Office documents, BMP images, JPG / JPEG photos, GIF picture files, PDF files, mp4 videos, mp3 music and much more.

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It, while encrypting asks you to create a master password and also demands for an email address, just in case you forget the password. The feature-rich program does offer a good range of options, even with its free version. It includes an easy-to-use interface with good file encryption facility. Simply add the items you want with the “Add” buttons, and check the ones you want to protect before hitting the Action button.

Note: Although idoo File Encryption hides a folder from the desktop, it will still be visible and accessible via System Explorer.

Idoo Encryption Free key Features:

  • User-friendly interface
  • Password-protection for data
  • AES Encryption to pack and encrypt a folder into portable executable file

TrueCrypt

This free program is open-source disk encryption software for Windows 7, Mac OS X, and Linux. With this program, the desired data automatically gets encrypted and decrypted, soon after it is loaded, requiring no user intervention.

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UPDATE: Avoid this one now! See these TrueCrypt alternatives instead.

The encrypted data can then be stored in files (containers) or partitions (devices). Once stored, the encrypted volume cannot be read (decrypted) without using the correct password/keyfile(s) or correct encryption keys.

The developer of the program claims the only way to recover your files if you forget the password is to ‘crack’ the password or the key. This however can take time (depending on the length and quality of the password or keyfiles),

The freeware program includes useful tips in the extensive help manual and volume-creation wizard that guide you all the way long.

Features of TrueCrypt:

  • Very simple to use program
  • Creates encrypted hard drive and mounts it
  • Allows automatic encryption
  • Uses encryption algorithms such as: AES-256, Serpent, Twofish
  • Allows holding authorization keys on a USB stick

Ways to secure the encrypted data using TrueCrypt:

  1. With a password
  2. With a special key
  3. With both a password and a key

FlashCrypt

FlashCrypt ensures good data security. The free program allows you to lock any folder on your computer with military-grade 256-bit AES algorithm in just couple of mouse clicks. Even the US Government admits the encryption method used by Flash Crypt is sufficient to protect classified information up to TOP SECRET level.

After a hassle free and quick installation the program displays a folder drop-down menu of Windows Explorer with the following command ‘Protect with FlashCrypt’. So, to protect the desired folder simply select it, right-click on it, add a password and choose the command.

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Besides the data encryption, FlashCrypt can optionally compress your files. This saves disk space to a great extent and therefore makes the program so special. Also, FlashCrypt provides optional facility for recovering forgotten password. Go get it here.

FlashCrypt Key Features:

  • Password recovery option
  • Data mobility
  • Optional data compression.

1 Second Folder Encrypt Free

The program’s advanced encryption technology helps you protect all the computer data easily. When a folder is encrypted with 1 Second Folder Encryption, it cannot be accessed or copied. Also, neither it can be deleted nor moved nor renamed. In short, it helps keep the folder safe from people who might want to see it.

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2 Key Features:

  1. One-click Encryption and Decryption
  2. Password setting for the software

Also check out Free Hide Folders, Easy File LockerEncryptOnClick, Quick Crypt, idoo Free File Encryption, EncryptOnClick. You might also want to learn how to make a file or folder Private in Windows.

Do remember that you should never encrypt System folders.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.
  • mohsen

    without freeOTFE this list is empty

  • Hemant Saxena

    Depends on individual’s preference mohsen what works best for u may not work in my case.

  • Asiapac8

    Hi, I used 1 Second Folder Encrypt Free to encrypt a folder, but after decrypting, the folder can be opened but is empty. How do I recover my files in the folder?

  • Asiapac8

    Thanks for suggestion, Caleb. I’ve lost my folder files with 1 Second Folder Encrypt. Hope this File Secure Free turns out better

  • A Non2

    Just FYI – 1 second folder encrypt free sounds good. But they demand that you install their toolbar in your browser, make you agree to let them hijack your homepage, etc. If you don’t agree, they won’t let you install it.

  • Darren Young

    Warning the FlashCrypt link takes me to Softpedia which is fine. My clicking the download link on the Softpedia first page is fine which goes to their second page is fine. But when I click on Softpedia’s sole single mirror link to download FlashCrypt I get blocked by BitDefender’s Free AntiVirus (a great free program with no commercial nags) with a full page warning in the browser reading malware detected and blocked from downloading FlashCrypt. One can scan a URL at VirusTotal at: https://www.virustotal.com/en/#url so I did just that and my results are:

    VirusTotal rates the URL OK and the file OK (even BitDefender on VirusTotal says its OK); however, when I try (tried 3 times after Virusotal check on URL and file each) to go to fsprolabs.com/download/distr/flashcrypt_setup.exe which is the link I”m sent to for downloading the file, I still get blocked by BitDefender Free AntiVirus with a full page reading: “Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition has blocked a page! Malware detected! Access to this page has been blocked.” Perhaps there is something running “interference” between the two interjecting itself or attempting to to inserting itself. Or who knows maybe my program is giving off a false positive or catching something in “transit” that VirusTotal is not if they are looking solely at the page and at the file and not at the “data stream” in between the two….

    Still be careful for I have found a number of files even here that have had “hits” or indicators of malware by VirusTotal so check everything you can before installing. Nothing is above suspicion. By the way, not only can one check URL’s, but one can also upload to VIrusTotal files, within a size limitation, for checking too! So check it out before you install that “nifty” program at: https://www.virustotal.com/en/

  • Addicted

    Nice, programs, but a little unsure… well it’s understanding ’cause thez are free ;)

    Check this out, simple but almost unbreakable

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  • Brown Jason

    Truecrypt’s’ protection process is a little bit complicated.I have used this kind of program for years,such as kakasoft(www.kakasoft.com),and it seems work well. If you want to adopt my suggestion, you can search the relevant products in this site or search other products on the Internet.

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