Encrypting files has become important in recent years as more and more cyber attacks are happening, and sensitive data is getting stolen. If you have not encrypted your confidential files yet, you should do so as soon as possible to prevent hackers from reading it.
In the following roundup we have listed six tools from our Software Discovery section that will help you encrypt files on your devices. Once encrypted, the files can only be accessed by you, unless, of course someone else knows your password.
FinalCrypt is a file encryption program that encrypts large files in a completely different way. It uses large cipher files, which can be any unique file like a personal photo or video.
- Encrypt files
- Uses a personal photo or video as cipher files
Encrypto lets you encrypt files before sending them to friends or coworkers. Just drop a file into Encrypto, set a password, and then send it however you normally would – but this time with added security. It’s free for both Mac and Windows.
- Secure any file with AES-256 encryption
- Create a password hint
- Share files or save them to your disk
- Hide the original
Safe is an application that makes it easy to encrypt your files. When you encrypt your files with Safe, they are rendered unreadable to anyone who doesn’t have your password.
Safe is cross-platform and currently runs on Windows and Mac OS X. It works with all applications and file types and can store encrypted files anywhere. It’s also compatible with EncFS volumes.
- Works with all applications
- EncFS compatible
- Encrypts each file individually
- Easy to use
CipherShed is a free encryption software for keeping your data secure and private.
CipherShed is cross-platform. It is available primarily for Windows, though Mac OS X and GNU/Linux users can compile the source code and use it on their OS.
- Simple to use
- On-the-fly encryption
- Free and open source
Cryptomator provides transparent, client-side encryption for the cloud. Protect your documents from unauthorized access. Cryptomator is free and open-source software, so you can rest assured there are no backdoors.
It is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS devices.
- Virtual filesystem
- Masterkey derivation
- Filename encryption
- File header encryption
- File content encryption
- Name shortening
VeraCrypt is a free open-source disk encryption software for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux, brought to you by IDRIX and based on TrueCrypt 7.1a.
It helps you create virtual disks that are encrypted so your data is safe and secure.
- Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk
- Encrypts an entire partition or storage device such as a USB flash drive or hard drive
- Encrypts a partition or drive where Windows is installed (pre-boot authentication)
- Encryption is automatic, real-time (on the fly) and transparent
- Parallelization and pipelining allow data to be read and written as fast as if the drive was not encrypted
- Encryption can be hardware-accelerated on modern processors
- Provides plausible deniability in case an adversary forces you to reveal the password
The above apps should help you add a layer of protection to your sensitive files so they can’t be accessed by unauthorized users. Our Software Discovery section contains many more useful apps that you can use to protect your files as well as perform a number of actions on them. Check it out and let us know your valuable feedback about it.