Protection for your Mac’s critical files comes in many forms and range from firewalls to file encryption. Apple even provides file encryption functionality in OS X with FileVault.
I’m not much of an advocate of full disk encryption and prefer apps that encrypt and secure highly valued files. The Mac App Store is a good place to start and the number of encryption apps continues to grow.
One that’s under test in our office this week is called, simply enough, Encrypt Files. What does it do? It encrypts files using AES Encryption. Give the encrypted file a password and it’s next to impossible for a hacker or thief to break into the file.
Encryption apps are almost a dime a dozen. None of them are difficult to setup and use. So, what makes Encrypt Files worthy of consideration (besides the nominal price tag)? It’s more of an encrypted file management system in an app.
Setting up files to be encrypted by Encrypt Files is a simple, four step process. First, create a folder. Second, drag or import files and folders you want encrypted into the folder. Enter a password for the folder of files. Click the Encrypt button.
That’s it. Encrypt Files keeps track of all your encrypted folders. You can upload them, send them via email, or archive them for security. The files can even be hidden on your Mac.
Without the password, the files remained locked in the encrypted folder. But there is a catch and it’s both good and bad. Because Encrypt Files is an encryption file management system, you also need the app to decrypt the files.