Do you encrypt files on your Mac? It doesn’t happen often, but I had a project which required file encryption, so I ventured into the Mac App Store to see what was up. It turns out that encryption is a big deal (at least, based upon the number of Mac apps that encrypt files).
On the free end of the scale is TXTcrypt. It’s a simple app that encrypts text. Enter the message and click Encrypt. Or, to view a message, click Decrypt.
Safe App is a simple commercial utility which also encrypts files. The best thing about Safe App is the icon. Features appear plentiful, but there’s no trial-before-you-buy option, it’s Mac App Store only, and the developer’s website is devoid of any details about Safe App.
Did I mention it has a nice icon?
FileWard DES also has a nifty icon, and the app is free and very simple to use. It’s based on OpenSSL and features a simple drag and drop operation. The app offers password suggestions and the slider bar changes the length (assumably to increase security).
The SecretFilesBox app is interesting. It uses AES encryption, decrypts, and features a drag and drop simplicity. It also manages and hides files you’ve encrypted.
Other encryption apps on the Mac App Store ranged from free to about $15, with plenty in between. Some specialized in photo encryption, while others encrypted text or email.
Few of the encryption apps have a trial-before-you-buy option, and most are devoid of any kind of detail or screenshots of how the app works.
After an hour of trying this app and that app and finding plenty of shortcomings in each, I went back to my old encryption standby. Apple’s Disk Utility in the Applications > Utilities folder.
Disk Utility is hard to beat and it’s free.