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Encryption means to scramble data in such a way that only authorised person with the secret code / password can read it. Encryption is the most effective way to achieve data security. Computer encryption is based on the science of cryptography, which has been used as long as humans have wanted to keep information secret.

On Windows Vista or 7 Ultimate or Windows 8 Pro, there is a built-in feature for encrypting full disk called BitLocker. But full disk encryption is not the goal here, and you want to encrypt files or folders. In my previous post I wrote about TrueCrypt, which was a perfect software for this purpose, but now it stop support. Check out some similar utilities, you should definitely try the ones

AES Encrypt:

AES Crypt is completely free open source software that uses the industry standard Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) to easily and securely encrypt files.

After installation just right click on the file you want to encrypt and select AES Encrypt. Then a small window will appear where you have to put password and then click Ok to complete the encryption process. To decryption, just right click on the encrypted file and click AES Decrypt.

ES Crypt is available for multiple operating systems such as Microsoft, Mac OS X and Linux.

You can download this software from here.


AxCrypt is the leading open source file encryption software for Windows. It integrates seamlessly with Windows to compress, encrypt, decrypt, store, send and work with individual files. To encrypt a file or folder, just right-click it and select "encrypt" from AxCrypt option.

You can download this software from here.

Encrypt files for safety using right click menu

July 10, 2014  / Posted By - Kiran Patil