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Picryption

By Cyware Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

A poor operation process, a too-short demo period, and program errors await those who test this encryption tool. At first glance, Picryption's plain display and button interface seems simple enough, but the publisher neglects to include any Help screens with the small executable. That forces users to waste one of the five uses to uncover the operation process.

It's actually pretty simple to use this app, although the results weren't impressive. Open a picture using the standard file-browse tool and type in your message in the appropriately named message pane. Set the RC4 Encrypt checkbox, and enter a password. Then press the Hide Message button. At least, that is the idea. Actually, testers found the app didn't save the encrypted text in the image. Also, attempting to execute the function Read Message crashed the program.

As we mentioned, Picryption offers a super stingy five-use trial. That's three more than you'll need to dump this tool and find one of the many picture-encryption tools that actually work.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.5

This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added November 15, 2007
Version 1.5

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows NT/2000/XP

Popularity

Total Downloads 722
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Picryption is a program that lets you hide messages in picture files. Supported types are .jpg, .gif, .bmp. All messages are password/key protected. High powered RC4 encryption is included and optional. The ultimate in communication security. Normal people won't even know there is a message and will just see a normal picture. And even if you want to turn up the heat, RC4 will make your message even stronger. This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.