PlainText Crypto

By DGreenSoft Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
This encryption/decryption utility works well for simple text files, but is not truly secure. The package is two tools: one for encryption and one for decryption. PlainText Crypto's bland interface is easy enough to navigate, but only accepts text entered into the program window or text files found on your PC. The utility could use a help file for clues on getting started. The program uses a secure algorithm, which masks text files into series of digits, but an encryption key file must be saved to decrypt the file. If the encryption key file is lost, it cannot be recreated. Since these files must be saved or given to others for decryption, this application isn't as secure as two-key encryption utilities. Unlike similar applications, you can't encrypt folders or multiple files at once, password-protect access to the application, or compress encrypted files. Since PlainText Crypto utilizes unique key files for decryption, any recipient will need to install the program and possess the appropriate key file. The feature set isn't remarkable, but this freeware program works just fine for users with occasional plain text encryption needs.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.1


Release November 7, 2008
Date Added August 31, 2004
Version 1.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP


Total Downloads 5,249
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Developer's Description

This program lets you encrypt your text files into a sequence of digits. To encode and decode some text, the special key files are used. Every key file is unique and cannot be generated again. The encoded text cannot be restored without having a key file that had been used for encoding. This software may be also helpful for those who need to send secured texts via email. The encryption algorithm is stable against breaking and encoded texts are effectively protected.

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