Fast, free encryption software
- Simple and quick
- Integrates in context menu
- Compress files
- Validate hashes
- Not many options
- Not many encryption formats
MEO Free Encryption Software provides a simple, free way to protect files, folders and emails from prying eyes.
If you're looking for a quick-fix security solution, MEO Free Encryption Software could be what you need. This little app certainly doesn't look anything special, but it's surprisingly quick and effective. As long as the file formats it encrypts to and from are okay by you, it's a pretty good option.
MEO Free Encryption Software is integrated into the Windows context menu, so to process files you can either right-click on them, or hit the Encrypt files button from within the interface itself. The app will then ask you to pick a few options, such as where you want the finished file to end up and how you would like to encrypt it. MEO Free Encryption Software only offers two options - fast, but less strong (Blowfish) or slow but strong (3-des).
The app also allows you to compress the file or folder you're about to encrypt, or to create a self-decrypting file (apparently, a password-protected .exe). In addition to these functions, MEO Free Encryption Software lets you validate hashes (to check that files have not been changed) and decrypt files as long as they are saved in .MEO or .CRY format.
Ultimately, if you do a lot of file encryption, or you're very serious about it, there are better programs than MEO Free Encryption Software - try PGP Desktop, for example. That said, MEO Free Encryption Software is compact, functional and free, and, especially if the recipient of the encrypted documents also has the app installed, it's an all-round good option.
MEO Free Encryption Software isn't fancy, but it does get a basic job done well - and for free!
MEO Free Encryption Software supports the following formats
Decrypts: .MEO, .CRY