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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

There's nothing easy about EasyCrypt, which sports a plain interface that isn't intuitive and doesn't offer a Help file.

Some testers had problems with this program right from the start, and received error message throughout program operation. The initial user interface is tiny, plain, and unappealing, which is ironic considering the publisher is called Vivid Designs. It contains three menu options: Files, Tools, and Help. A new window opens for encrypting items, but despite the few options, it isn't clear how to get started. Instead of selected your own password, EasyCrypt generates a key for locking items. The process isn't very straightforward, though, and you need to make a few Key File selections without any guidance. The Help menu is nothing more than simple About information. Once you create a key and apply it to the file, access to the item is blocked. It's saved in a new format that can only be opened by launching EasyCrypt, selecting the file, and then selecting the Key File you created it for it. Unlike other encryption programs, you don't have the choice of removing the source file or creating self-extracting files so you can share them with others. This isn't a very secure method, since the program itself wasn't password protected.

It's free, but this program wasn't intuitive. It needs a few lines of user guidance, especially for the novice user. More experienced users will want more options than EasyCrypt has to offer. We suggest you skip this one--there are simply too many better encryption programs available.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added October 27, 2006
Version 1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP/Vista, .NET Framework v1.1

Popularity

Total Downloads 2,928
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

EasyCrypt is an easy interface for securely encrypting files. EasyCrypt has lets you create your own encryption-key file, which can then be kept secure or sent out to other people who may need to decrypt files. Once the user has created this key file they can use it to encrypt and decrypt files with just a few clicks of the mouse. Also provided is a secure file-deletion screen, which will allow the user to securely delete a file in the knowledge that it won't ever be retrieved by anyone. EasyCrypt can run on Windows Startup and is then always available from the System Tray.