Are you someone who wants to encrypt files on your hard drive but you have a hard time remembering text passwords? If so, PixelCryptor may be an encryption program you should take a look at.
Its very easy to get to grips with, free, and will allow a basic level of encryption that uses images on your hard drive to protect your files. Any files encrypted thus can then only be opened by someone using PixelCryptor who then subsequently chooses the correct image file.
After downloading PixelCryptor the first thing you will need to do is double click on the executable file to run setup:
Once the setup has finished you will be presented with the main menu screen which you can see below. There are four icons here which are (from left to right) About PixelCryptor, Encode Files, Decode Files and Help.
You will need to click on the second of those, the blue book with a padlock on it, in order to begin encrypting your files.
The next step is to add the file that you wish to encrypt by clicking on Add File. In this instance you will see below that I have added a single Word document for this tutorial but you can add multiple files and/or folders at this stage. Obviously, the more files you add, the longer the encryption process will take.
After selecting the file(s) that you wish to encrypt you will click on the Next button. This leads to the next step in which you will choose an image off your hard drive with which to encrypt the file(s) that you have chosen:
After selecting an image that you will remember you will, once again, need to click on the Next button to proceed to the next step which is choosing where you wish to save the newly encrypted package to:
Once you have done this your package of files will be safely encrypted. You can test this by going to wherever you saved the package to and double clicking on it’s icon. This will take you straight to the decoding screen seen below:
As you can imagine, you need to upload an image here in order to unlock the package again. Should you, or anyone else, pick an image other than the one that was used in the encryption process then you will receive the message seen below and the package will remain safely encrypted.
When the correct image is used the package will be decoded. At this point you will need to choose where to save the unencrypted file to:
After clicking on the Next button you will see the next screen which shows that the file has been decrypted and where it has been saved to.
You will then be able to navigate to the location you saved the package to and open it up as normal.
If you think you would benefit from a simple encryption program that costs nothing and uses images instead of passwords then check this simple program out: PixelCryptor
For those who prefer text passwords then my guide on how to use KeePass is a good alternative.