Notepad text files are very handy and useful for noting things down. But have you ever thought about the security of the notepad files? Security is a must, and a Notepad text file offers no security against prying eyes. One must have encrypted text files so that any information recorded in such files should remain safe and inaccessible without passwords. So, today here we’ve reviewed some freeware to encrypt Notepad text files.
How to encrypt Notepad text files
1] Secret Pad
Secret Pad is like adding password support to Notepad. It comes with all the features of Notepad and the interface also looks identical to Notepad. There is a password created the first time, but you can change that password afterward without any problems.
A new feature that isn’t available in Notepad and you can notice in the application is URL detection. It will automatically detect URLs and turn them into hyperlinks. Secret Pad saves the files in a new format – ‘.cdt’. It would have been better if ‘.cdt’ files could be opened directly by clicking on them, but you have to open them from the program itself manually.
This tiny software is really very useful and resembles a password-protected version of Notepad. Click here on secretpad.findmysoft.com if you would like to download Secret Pad.
2] Safe Pad
Safe Pad resembles Rich Text Editor. It is like adding password encryption to Rich Text Editor. Safe Pad has all the features like allowing – Bold, Underline, Italics, Right/Left/Center Justify, Decrease Indent and Increase Indent, Cut-Copy-Paste, Undo and Redo options, etc.
For every document, you need to create two different passwords and then confirm them. Sometimes that seems a very boring process, entering each password two times. You cannot create a master password to encrypt all files.
Click here on safepad.codeplex.com to download Safe Pad.
3] Encrypted Notepad
Encrypted Notepad is a very simple, Java-based text editor that supports encryption. The application resembles Notepad somewhat, but still lacks features like Word Wrap, font selection, date and time insertion, etc. Like Safe Pad, each file has to be supplied with a different password. There is no master password support.
It is a simple and handy utility without many features, and you can go here to download Encrypted Notepad.
These were some free utilities that let you encrypt and protect your Notepad text files. Do share your experience with these or recommend others which you think should have been included here.
These free File Encryption Software for Windows may also interest you.