In the apprehension of various hackers lurking around the internet – always looking for security loopholes in our computers – our credentials can no longer be regarded safe. As technology is making progress by leaps and bounds, security measures are also improving. A wide array of information security methods have been developed to give hackers a hard time cracking our data. One of those methods is 256-bit advanced encryption standard algorithm, which is used by many top-of-the-line inviolable security applications. Although one cannot say that their files are completely uncrackable, having an extra layer of security still plays a pivotal roll. EncryptOnClick is a robust encryption tool for Windows, which aids in protecting your files through the aforementioned 256-bit AES. Users can encrypt a single item or a group of files within a few simple clicks via the application’s simple and intuitive interface. One key feature of the tool is that it allows you to decrypt the file even without using this software. You can open and extract the encrypted achieve via any third-party tool, such as 7-zip or WinZip, provided you already know the password.
The tool comprises of a miniscule window, which houses File and Folder buttons under Encrypt and Decrypt sections. Encrypting your files is as easy as pie. Simply click the File button (or you may click Folder to include a group of files contained under a single directory), and then browse to the file that you want to encrypt.
File encryption can be done on any file, regardless of the format. For instance, I tried encrypting a PDF file and the application worked like a charm. Once the file is selected, you are prompted to enter a password. Input the password and click OK.
The encrypted file is bound by an EOC extension. Along with encryption, it also compresses the file to save your precious disk space. As stated earlier in the review, you can easily decrypt the file using any file-archiving utility. Should you want to decrypt it using this tool, simply double-click the file, enter the original password and click OK. For the sake of testing, I tried encrypting a file twice. Amidst its decryption, the file required to be decrypted twice as well. This method purportedly proves that using this tool, a file can be encrypted multiple times.
EncryptOnClick works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit variants.