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Problem: I keep a file with all my passwords, do I really want to keep this on the Cloud??
The solution I found was AxCrypt, but
Do not just download the free version you can find many places. In fact don't download any .EXE version (except the portable one). The .EXE version which they distribute contains OpenCandy which as far as I'm concerned is Malware ... it installs all kinds of things you don't want.
Instead go to their website and register. Once registered you can go to their downloads page and find the appropriate .MSI version.
Once installed there is no program to run, instead you right-click on a file in Windows Explorer and choose an AxCrypt option:
Beware of all the options, I keep the check boxes un-checked and wouldn't normally recommend a key file.
If you didn't hear all the discussion on Friday, be sure you study all the options for this program before installing and using.
One encrypted the file gets a .AXX extension. (They do have a tool that modifies the registry so this extension is hidden.) When you double click on a file it will ask you for the passphrase before opening the file using the program associated with the original extension. Very Nice!
You can un-encrypt a file by right-clicking on it and you will then see these choices:
Another thing I like about this tool is that they have portable versions, AxDecrypt and AxCrypt2Go:
Portable versions are great because they can be kept on your USB Stick and used to decrypt a file on the stick or on the Cloud without installing software on someone else's machine.
AxAntum also offers a Cloud based Online Password Manager to store your passwords and fill them in automatically. You might be interested, but I haven't used it. You get a 3 month trial when you register (and the 3 months doesn't start until you start using the Xecrets Cloud service).