EncryptIt is a system security tool that lets you encrypt your files. It utilizes the AES-256 encryption algorithm. AES stands for Advanced Encryption Standard and it is one of most popular forms of encryption available, used by many government agencies around the globe.
The app functions as a drop zone for your files. When you drag and drop a file onto the application, a small dialog will appear asking where you want to save the encrypted file and what name you want to give it. The next step asks you for a password and its confirmation. You can type any password that you want, but the longer the password is, the more secure it will be.
EncryptIt also comes with a password generator. You can slide a bar to increase or decrease the size of the password and there is a copy button that will put the generated password in the clipboard for you to paste somewhere else for safekeeping. It is a good idea to use it, since it can create strong passwords using random combinations of characters. A random password is always better than a combination of words, because word dictionary attacks don't work against them.
I carried out a simple test to see if the application worked like advertised. I encrypted a file and then attempted to decrypt it. The first time I carried out this test, the encryption process worked smoothly, but when I attempted to decrypt the file, the application told me it was "preparing file (ZIP)" and it kept doing that for a few minutes. I closed the app, and re-launched it and the process was completed well this time.
- Simple interface
- Fast (when it works)
- Password generator
- It froze a few times during testing