on November 13, 2019
This guide shows you how to create text files that are securely encrypted and require a password to open.
Crypto Notepad is a "secure notepad option" – it's free and open source, small, super-easy to use and encrypt your text files.
- Go to the Crypto Notepad download page and download the latest version (Crypto.Notepad.zip). Unzip the file somewhere in the Downloads folder and run it from there. It is a standalone app, which means there is no installation. You can move it and create a shortcut to it later (or even set it to start when Windows starts).
- You can get a warning from Windows – if you do, click on the "More information" link and then click the Still Run button. Crypto Notepad is open source and 100% secure to use.
- When prompted to click Yes to allow automatic update checking in the future.
- First, let's look at the settings and configure the app to work the way you want it. Click the Settings button in the toolbar (the one that looks like a "switch", see screenshot below).
- Adjust any of the Application settings as needed. Do the same for the toolbar Status panel Search panel and Editor they are all fairly simple. Then select the setting category Encryption .
- This is where you will decide exactly which encryption method you want to use for your secure notes. The suggested settings are ideal.
- Now select the category Integration . It will be of great help in the future if you make a check in the box Associate with * .cnp files – this allows you to double-click any of your encrypted text files and have them automatically opened in crypto notes. After adjusting all options that suit you, close the settings window.
- Back to the app print a quick test report. Then click the Save button from the toolbar (or select File -> Save )
- Select the place you want to save the file, give it a name and then click the Save button.
- Enter the password you want to use to secure this file.
- When you double-click a .cnp file (assuming you enable Associate with the * .cnp files function back in step # 7) Crypto Notes opens. .
- and asks you for the password associated with that file.