axAxCrypt

NOTE

AxCrypt only works for Windows users.

Choose a particular AxCrypt encryption option based on how you want to handle the file and on how your recipient will access it. Learn how to download and install AxCrypt.

Encrypt a file

To encrypt a file:

  1. Right-click the file’s icon or name.
  2. From the document drop-down list, select AxCrypt and then from the subsequent drop-down list, select Encrypt.
  3. Type a passphrase in the Enter passphrase box and then type the same passphrase in the Verify passphrase box to verify it. This is the passphrase you will communicate to the recipient so that the person will be able to open the file. Important Note: You must remember the passphrase you assign to the file. If you forget it, the file cannot be opened, and there is no way to recover it.
  4. Click OK. You will see that the file icon has changed. It now has a suffix of .axx and an icon that resembles that of the AxCrypt program. If you view the properties for this file, you will see that the type now says "AxCrypt Security Wrapped."
  5. To decrypt, right-click the file and select AxCrypt from the drop-down menu and then select Decrypt from the subsequent drop-down menu.
  6. Type your passphrase in the text field when prompted and click OK.

Encrypt and copy a file

To encrypt and copy a file:

  1. Right-click the file's icon or name.
  2. From the document drop-down list, select AxCrypt and then from the subsequent drop-down list, select Encrypt and Copy.
  3. Type a passphrase in the Enter passphrase box and then type the same passphrase in the Verify passphrase box to verify it. This is the passphrase you will communicate to the recipient so that the person will be able to open the file. Important Note: You must remember the passphrase you assign to the file. If you forget it, the file cannot be opened and there is no way to recover it.
  4. Click OK. You will see two file icons. One is your original, unencrypted file. The other has a suffix of .axx and an icon that resembles that of the AxCrypt program. If you view the properties for this file, you will see that the type now says "AxCrypt Security Wrapped."
  5. To decrypt, right-click the file and select AxCrypt from the drop-down list and then select Decrypt from the subsequent drop-down menu.
  6. Type your passphrase in the text field when prompted and click OK.

Encrypt a file as a .exe file

To encrypt a file as a .exe file:

NOTE

AxCrypt's self-decrypting .exe file only works when sent to recipients with a Windows operating system.

  1. Right-click the file's icon or name.
  2. From the document drop-down list, select AxCrypt and then from the subsequent drop-down list, select Encrypt copy to .EXE. You will see a window like the one below:
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  3. Type a passphrase in the Enter passphrase box and then type the same passphrase in the Verify passphrase box to verify it. This is the passphrase you will communicate to the recipient so that the person will be able to open the file.
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  4. Click OK. You will see two file icons. One is your original, unencrypted file. The other has a suffix of .exe and an icon that resembles that of the AxCrypt program. If you view the properties for this file, you will see that the type now says "Application." You have created a self-extracting file that can be opened by another Windows user who does not have AxCrypt installed.
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Shred & delete a file

If you have Axcrypt installed (Windows only), it has a “Shred and Delete” option.

  1. Right-click the file you want to securely delete.
  2. From the drop-down list, choose Axcrypt and then click Shred and Delete.
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  3. Click OK to confirm that you want to overwrite and permanently delete the file.