At the onset, this easy-to-use application doesn't look like much, but further investigation reveals it's one of the better encryption utilities we've tested. For starters, FileBarricader 2004 is conveniently integrated with Windows, quickly encrypting and decrypting items via a right-click menu. Aside from passwords, the program gives a few algorithms to encrypt documents, such as DES, Rijndael, and Triple DES. For additional security, FileBarricader 2004 can easily be set to securely erase originals automatically after every encryption or decryption process. It creates self-decrypting executables, so sending encrypted files to others without FileBarricader 2004 installed isn't a hassle. What's more, it includes options to securely obliterate any file from your PC; though you can only set it to a maximum of three passes. The program impressively encrypts/decrypts multiple files and entire folders with a single password. Although FileBarricader 2004 isn't exactly a powerhouse, this freeware has enough going for it to be useful to a wide range of users.
What's new in version 1.4
ReleaseNovember 7, 2008
Date AddedNovember 15, 2005
Operating SystemsWindows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Additional RequirementsMicrosoft .NET Framework 1.1, Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003 Server
FileBarricader 2004 is primarily a file encryption utility. FileBarricader 2004's features: Includes four encryption algorithms DES, RC2, Rijndael (AES), and 3DES (TripleDES); Includes four encryption strength settings: 64 bit, 128 bit, 192 bit and 256 bit; Provides secure file deletion, making recovery of deleted files impossible; Provides the ability to create self decrypting .exe files that can be sent to any computer; Version 1.4 is now given away as 100% freeware with updated help file and screenshots.