It is generally advisable not to spill out personal information like passwords, credit card information etc, over the Internet – well, at least the public domain of it. Instant Messaging clients, social networks, forums etc, are the least safe place where you can share such information. However, what if you’re in a really dire need of sharing any personal information, and don’t have any other medium than to share it in risky environments. Or, suppose you want to deliver a message to a friend on a public forum and want to keep it such that only the two of you can decipher it? Does that hold true for you? This is where text encryption comes into play. These days, there are perhaps hundreds of free applications available that can encode and decode text for you using a variety of quite secure algorithms, and we’ve reviewed our fair share of them. With such a massive number of choices to pick from, one would usually look at, apart from the algorithm being employed, how easy the application is to configure and put to daily use. In that aspect, Ncode.ME is one solid contender.
It is a free, lightweight tool that serves the purpose of encrypting text on your machine. It has the most basic interface imaginable (in fact, I still cannot decide if that is an interface at all), integrates with Windows itself so it works with all text editors, web pages etc, and can also decrypt text (essential for the receiving party to have the application installed in order to view message). The fact that the application almost lacks an interface of its own makes it arguably one of the best choices out there, since you can literally put it to use with no effort at all, and with any Windows program imaginable, thanks to Ncode’s system level integration.
Once installed, the program will sit in the system tray, ready to be called for action. If you have some text to hide, simply select the text, press Shift+Ctrl+F9 to bring up Ncode.ME. Enter the encryption password and click encode, and your message will turn into meaningless characters. To turn it back to something meaningful, select the encrypted text, bring up Ncode again, enter password, and this time, select decode, and viola! The actual message appears right before your eyes.
Check out the demo video below for a better understanding of how Ncode.ME works.
The tool was tested on Windows 7 32-bit OS, and works only with Windows platform.