[UPDATED] PeaZip – Free file archiver utility, open, extract RAR TAR ZIP archives

PeaZip, my favorite (go to) file archiver has been recently updated. I use PeaZip as my primary method to archive encrypted (password required) private files.

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PeaZip is free file archiver utility, based on Open Source technologies of 7-Zip, p7zip, Brotli, FreeArc, PAQ, Zstandard, and PEA projects.

Cross-platform, full-featured but user-friendly alternative to WinRar, WinZip and similar general purpose archive manager applications, open and extract 180+ archive formats: 001, 7Z, ACE(*), ARC, ARJ, BR, BZ2, CAB, DMG, GZ, ISO, LHA, PAQ, PEA, RAR, TAR, UDF, WIM, XZ, ZIP, ZIPX, ZST – view full list of supported archive file formats for archiving and for extraction.

Source: PeaZip

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AES Crypt – Advanced File Encryption for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Python, PHP, and Java

AES Crypt is a FREE (open source) file encryption solution that is available on many OS platforms. On a Windows-based computer, simply install and when you need to encrypt or decrypt a file, right mouse click on the file and select AES Encrypt or AES Decrypt. I also found that after you encrypt a file, you can also easily decrypt the file by clicking on the file and the password window will be invoked. AES Crypt is a great option when you want to store sensitive files in the cloud.

If interested in using this software on your Android devices, visit the Google Play store on your device and perform a search for AES Crypt and you will find several Android apps that is compatible with this software.

Source: AES Crypt


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Crypto Notepad – A Windows Type Notepad With (AES) Encryption Capabilities

Crypto Notepad is a notepad similar to the default Windows notepad, but, with security built-in. You can password protect your notes with the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Don’t let that big word scare you off. Simply download, unzip (portable app), run and then assign a password to the note(s) you create.

It is often necessary to protect important notes in order to prevent them from being accessed by others, but text editors that offer encryption features are sometimes too complex for users who just want a secure Notepad alternative. Crypto Notepad stands out through its relatively simple design, as it looks very similar to the standard Windows Notepad. It offers a few extra features, such as encryption and a customizable UI, but it remains lightweight and very easy to use.

Source: Crypto Notepad

AxCrypt – File Security Made Easy

If you are concerned about file (and folder) security, AxCrypt 2.0 is good choice in protecting what matters to you. In addition to the full install version, there is a portable version, as well as, a mobile app (for Android and iOS).

AxCrypt works as a separate program in it’s own window, but it’s also fully integrated into the Windows Explorer – the part of Windows where you browse your folders and files. Here is a quick video tutorial on how to use the basic functions of AxCrypt 2.0.

AxCrypt is a simple file encryption software for Windows. It integrates seamlessly with your workflow to encrypt, decrypt, store, send and work with files.

New and Updated Features

  • 256 bit encryption
  • Mobile App for iOS
  • Mobile App for Android
  • Passwordless sharing
  • Portable app for Windows
  • Secured Folders
  • Cloud Service Awareness
  • Password Manager
  • Single sign in for encryption / decryption

Source: AxCrypt – File Security Made Easy

Hyper Crypt | Portable Encryption Software

Looking for a method to protect sensitive files and folders?  If so, Hyper Crypt may be of interest to you (see source link below). Hyper Crypt consists of a standalone (portable) executable file, a pdf manual and an updater that can be run on any Windows computer (Vista and higher)…

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One thing I noticed that when you encrypt a folder, the files in the folder will appear as they normally would and no copy of the original is left behind. If you attempt to open any of the files, they will not open, due to the encyption. Don’t know if that is good or not, but works for me…

By default if you encrypt a single file, a copy of the original file is left behind; however, there is an option to change that.

Hyper Crypt uses the military-grade AES-256 algorithm for file and folder encryption, along with automatic integrity validation.

With Hyper Crypt, you can easily encrypt any kind of file, from documents, to pictures and videos.

Source: Hyper Crypt | Portable Encryption Software

A Solution To Auto-Encrypt Files That You Store In The Cloud

At times I think we are getting to comfortable with storing our personal files in the cloud; whether be Dropbox, GDrive, OneDrive, etc… Once those files leave your PC they are out there and in essence will always be out there (even if you delete them).  A level of protection to look at that I found at I Love Free Software is Cryptomator.

I Love Free Software provides a very nice (and brief) tutorial on how to set up Cryptomator to ultimately encrypt the files you are syncing with Dropbox; however, as pointed out, this process will work with many of the online cloud drive providers.

HOW TO AUTO ENCRYPT FILES
BEFORE UPLOADING THEM TO DROPBOX

 

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