Encrypt your files with a click using EncryptOnClick for Windows 10

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  1. A number of these smaller encryptors use 128 bit AES (which US govt approves except for high top secret), so be sure to use at least 22 random characters in passphrases. If one doesn’t like EncryptOnClick, I use and am familiar with a similar alternative, “Axcrypt”.

    Axcrypt too is currently 128 bit AES in latest 1.x version; a version 2.x beta came out about a week ago sporting 256 bit AES, once you install it and go “huh?” at gui then hit “help” button, you’re taken to an Axcrypt beta page which first then tells you many features don’t function yet; I’ll capsulize my experience with version 1.7.3156.0.

    Installs tiny (few MBs), adds to context menu (watch out for and de-select any ads as you move through installation); it encrypts files within a folder but not the folder name itself or names of files; for everyday security I find creating one very long passphrase I’ll use for average common file encryption and checking the gui box to “use as default passphrase” for decryption makes it easy to encrypt/decrypt on the fly; before shutting down PC, make sure to go to Axcrypt and have it clear passphrase memory (doesn’t affect the “use as default” memory, just PC records). Optionally, it allows shredding an encrypted file and overwrite with random characters, but as in here following I’d suggest running free space eraser which resets all sectors to zero after shredding…even plain hackers these days can get scanners which ignore random data overwriting and easily retrieve after such “deletion” (similar to how “Passware” operates for law enforcement, only much cheaper).

    With this or any similar file encryptor, I’d recommend running a good system cleaner at PC shutdown which can securely erase both the free space and pagefile.sys, as deleted temp data these kind of small apps generate can leave self-defeating castoffs in said places (susceptible to easy recovery with Recuva or Digitial Forensic Framework, one free and one open-source, which even common sneak thieves can download w/o hassle)…for this purpose, I myself prefer to end secure deletions by running “Privazer” set to erase pagefile at shutdown.

    Apart from all that wind, always remember to separately write down/backup what your encryption passphrase is and keep such backup in its own secure location; you and anyone you’d want to, say, download routine business records from your Dropbox will need to know what that passphrase is to see anything. Hope this helps, cheers!

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