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Programs to encrypt files: You find yourself often and not exactly willingly having to share the use of your computer with other family members, everyone has his or her user account with a password in tow but the risk that someone else may get to work with files that are relevant to you is always behind the corner. Given the situation, therefore, allow me to give you a simple but often underestimated suggestion: use programs to encrypt files , so as to make documents, images and anything else you want to protect inaccessible to unauthorized third parties.

How do you say? This would seem interesting but you have no idea what resources to use? No problem, I can think about it, with this guide of mine focused precisely on the subject. Take a few minutes of your precious time and together we will find out what software you have from yours to succeed in the business. There are many, all free, both for Windows and for Mac. You just have to choose what you think can do most for you, download it and … use it!

Then? How about finally putting the chatter aside and taking action? Yes? Great. So position yourself comfortably in front of your trusted computer and start focusing on the information you find right below. I sincerely hope that in the end you will be happy and satisfied. Good job”!

Encrypto (Windows / Mac)

Programs to <a href=><noscript><img class=The first of the programs to encrypt files that I want to tell you about is Encrypto . It is a free software available for both Windows and Mac that allows, in fact, to encrypt any file, whether it is a text document, a photo, a video or an entire folder, with AES-256 encryption. It is very easy to use (everything is done with a simple drag and drop) and also has a nice interface.

To download it to your computer, first connect to the program’s website and then click on the Download for Windows button (if you are using Windows) or on the Download on the Mac App Store button (if you are using a Mac).

Subsequently, if what you are using is a Windows PC, open the obtained .exe file, click on Run and on Yes . Select the item I accept the Terms of Services and click on Next and then press on Install now .

If you are using a Mac, press the View button in the Mac App Store on the Web page that appears and then the Get / Install button in the Mac App Store window that has opened on the desktop. If required, enter the password for your Apple ID and wait for the download and installation of the program to start and complete. Then go to the Launchpad and start Ecrypto from there, by clicking on the relative icon.

Regardless of the operating system, now that you see the program window, press on Next three times and then on Skip . Then drag the file you want to encrypt onto the Encrypto window.

Then type the password you want to use to protect your file in the Password field at the bottom and press the Encrypt button . At the end of the procedure, press on Save As … to choose the location where to save the returned cracked file.

When you want it, you can decrypt the file by simply double-clicking on it and typing, in the program window that will automatically appear on the screen, the previously set password. Then press on  Decrypt to confirm the operation.

Drag’n Crypt ULTRA (Windows)

Programs to <a href=><noscript><img class=Are you looking for an alternative to the above program and do you use Windows? Then you will certainly be happy to get to know Drag’n’Crypt ULTRA . It is a small free and no-install software that allows you to encrypt files and make them inaccessible for those who do not know the password. In addition to being extremely safe, it makes simplicity of use one of its main qualities.

To use it, connected to the download page of the program attached to the Softpedia website and presses the Download button at the top left. Then press the Softpedia Mirror (EU) button in the window that appears and wait for the download of the software to be started and completed.

Then extract the ZIP archive obtained in any position on your computer and start the DCU file inside it, select  Italian from the drop-down menu for choosing the language in the window you see appearing and press OK .

Now, drag the file you want to encrypt to the program icon that appears on the screen and type the password you want to use to protect it in the Key and Repeat fields . Then press the Crypt button and it’s done.

Keep in mind that the encrypted files are replaced with files with the .dcu extension, impossible to open without dragging them back to the program icon and typing the password set previously.

ProtectFile (Windows)

Programs to <a href=><noscript><img class=As its name suggests quite easily, ProtectFile is another file-encryption program that allows you to protect any type of document, photo or video with a password. It’s free, for Windows operating systems and it’s very easy to use. However, this does not in any way mean that the encrypted files are not sufficiently protected.

You ask me how to use it? I’ll show you right away. First, visit the download page on the Softpedia website and download the software to your computer by clicking first on the Download button at the top left and then on the Softpedia Secure Download (US) button .

When the download is complete, open the obtained .exe file, click Run , Yes , OK and Next . Then select the item I accept the age and click again on Next twice, on Install and to conclude presses on Finish .

Now, locate the file you want to encrypt, right click on it, choose the item Protect this file from the contextual menu that opens and, through the program window that you see appear on the screen, set the password you intend to use by typing it in the Password fields : and Confirm password .

To conclude, press the button Protect this file and the selected file will be replaced with a protected copy of the same, with the extension .pf_. Awesome, right?

You can then access the newly generated protected file again by double-clicking on it and typing, in the window that will open on the screen, the previously set password. Then press the Remove protection button to finalize the operation.

Easy File Locker (Windows)

Programs to <a href=><noscript><img class=In an article focusing on what are the best programs to encrypt files, it is practically impossible not to mention the name of  Easy File Locker . It is in fact a free and light software for Windows operating systems that allows you to protect access to files and folders by setting an ad hoc password and, if necessary, making these elements invisible.

To download the program on your PC, connected to its Internet site and click on  Download (32-bit version) or Download (64-bit version) , depending on the version of the operating system you are using.

When the download is complete, open the obtained .exe file and click on  Yes , on Next , on  I Agree , again on  Next , on  Install and finally on  Finish .

Now that you see the Easy File Locker window on the desktop, press the button  with the sheet and the “+” symbol at the top left and in the box that opens, click on the button  […]  and select the file or folder you want encrypt.

If instead of a single file you want to encrypt an entire folder, click on the folder button  with the “+” symbol in the upper left part of the program window and proceed in the same way as I just indicated.

So remove the tick from the wording Accesible to make the chosen item inaccessible, decide whether to make the file or folder visible by ticking or removing based on the choice made by the option  Visible  and click on the OK button  .

Finally, select the path relative to the file or folder you have chosen to protect in the central part of the program window, click on the yellow key symbol located at the top and set the password you want to use as protection in the two fields on the screen. Then press  OK  twice in a row and close the program.

When you deem it appropriate, you will be able to access password-protected files and folders by starting Easy File Folder again, typing the password you have set just now, selecting the item to unlock, double-clicking on it, ticking all the items in the additional window that appears and clicking on  OK .

PixelCryptor (Windows)

Programs to <a href=><noscript><img class=PixelCryptor is an application other than programs to encrypt files that I have already told you about, through which you can encrypt any type of document or folder using a photo as a password. It’s free, easy to use and only works on Windows. Try it now and you will see that you will not regret it.

To download it to your computer, connected to the program download page on the Uptodown website and click on the Latest version button at the top right and then press the Download button .

When the download is complete, open the obtained .exe file and click on Run , on Yes and on Next . Select the item I accept the agreement and press again on Next three times, on Install and on Finish .

Then start the program by double clicking on the icon added to the desktop and if you see a warning regarding the download of the .NET Framework on your computer you consent to the thing, it is essential for PixelCryptor to work properly.

Once the PixelCryptor window appears, click on the Encode Files button (the blue book with the padlock ), select the files to be encrypted by pressing the Add File button , press the Next button at the bottom right and choose the photo to be used as password by first clicking on the central part of the program window.

Press again on Next , indicate the name you want to assign to the final file and the location for saving on the computer by pressing the button with the folder on the right then press on Next and complete the whole procedure by pressing on Finishied . Here it is!

When you want it, you can access your encrypted file by double-clicking on it, pressing in the center of the program window and selecting the image previously used for protection. Crushing and then click Next twice, indicating the destination location by clicking on the button with the folder , press on Next and then on Finishied . Done!

iSteg (Mac)

How to hide text in images

If then what you are using is a Mac and the program to encrypt files I told you about at the beginning of the guide has not convinced you, I suggest you try  iSteg . It is in fact a free application specific for Apple brand computers through which it is possible to hide any kind of file inside images in JPG format to be protected then with a special password without which they are inaccessible.

To download it to your computer, connected to  the program’s website and presses on the Download link  iSteg 1.6.2  located in the Download section .

Once the download is complete, extract the compressed archive obtained and drag the iSteg icon that was present inside it into the macOS Applications folder . Right-click on it and select Open twice in a row to confirm your willingness to open the program by circumventing the limitations imposed by Apple against unauthorized developers.

Once the software window appears on the desktop, click the [+] button next   to the word Source Picture File: and open the image on the Mac you want to use to hide your file. Then press the [+] button   next to the wording Source Text File: and select the file you want to protect inside the image.

Fill in the field located under the Password item  :  with the password with which you want to keep access to the file, click on the Process button  , specify the location for saving and press OK . You can also generate a random one by clicking on the [+] button next to the field for entering the secret word.

The image generated with the application can then be viewed as any other JPG file, then with an image viewer or a graphics program.

To view the encrypted file inside it, you will need to use iSteg, opening the reference image through the Soruce Picture File section :, typing the password previously chosen in the appropriate field, removing the check from the Encode: box , pressing the Process button  and indicating the location for saving.