My desktop iMac is home to a few million files, some of which are valuable, and most of which are not. For those files I’d rather not have fall in front of the wrong set of eyeballs I’ve been toying with and testing out encryption applications. One that I like is also one that scares me.
Encrypt Files Professional (EFP) is an app that does what you expect. It encrypts files using AES encryption (used by the U.S. government, and most businesses in one form or another), and it’s actually easy to use.
Create a folder within EFP. Drop in files you want to encrypt. Add a password and you’re good to go.
EFP gives you a few organizational options. Click to display or hide the encrypted files. Organize folders by simple drag and drop. Import more files by dragging (or use the Toolbar dialog box). Sort files by Name, Type, Size, or Modification Date.
There’s a built-in password tip to help you remember a forgotten password. And EFP handles most major Mac file formats, from graphics to documents, to audio and video files.
What’s not to like?
You must have EFP to view files. Encrypted files can only be unencrypted by using Encrypt Files Professional and your password on a Mac. EFP is available in two languages. English and Chinese. It works and works very well but I have this gnawing feeling in the back of my head that says, ‘Encrypt your files and one day you’ll never see them again– unless you pay more money.’