Your Android device is home to a lot of personal data. Be it your photos, videos, documents, texts, and everything else. So, it is of utmost importance to keep your data safe, especially from prying eyes. And, while you can easily encrypt files and folders in Android, several apps let you do the same thing.
In this blog, we’ll have a look at both the routes, and depending on whichever one looks more convenient and more powerful, you can choose that route. So, let’s get started, shall we?
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Apps To Encrypt Files And Folders in Android
Here are some of the best Android file encryption apps that will help you encrypt and decrypt every ounce of data that resides in your device.
1. SSE – File/ Text Encryption & Password Vault
SSE or Secret Space Encryptor is an open-source app that combines text encryption and file encryption and works as a password manager.
- Encrypts text, messages, notes, and other messages by setting a password for current encryption/ decryption session
- All your passwords can be saved under one master password. You can import/ export this file in full encrypted, compressed, and editable .xml format.
- Files encrypted using AES 256 bit, Blowfish 448 bit, GOST 256 bit, Twofish 256 bit encryption algorithms.
Rating – 4.5 Stars
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2. Crypt4All Lite (AES)
Crypt4All Lite is an easy to use application which can help you encrypt and decrypt files before putting them on the cloud. It is an open-source application.
- Military-grade 256 bit AES Crypt Version 2 format
- Allows both file encryption and decryption
- Has a dedicated file browser for selecting, renaming, deleting files. It also sets key file and output directory as well
- You can encrypt data from your device and then send it to cloud platforms
- Password can also be Unicode
- You have control over where encrypted files go.
Rating: 3.7 Stars
3. ZenCrypt – Securely Encrypt Files
ZenCrypt is one of the best Android file encryption apps which lets you encrypt and decrypt folders and files in Android with utmost ease and in one tap. It can encrypt all kinds of files like APKs, documents, videos, pictures, PDFs.
- It securely generated a random IV before proceeding for encryption.
- Comes with AES 128, PKCs5, CBC padding
- Random keys are generated with updated codes recommended for Android.
- The pro version also comes with dark and AMOLED themes, unlimited encryptions (free gives upto 5), and even fingerprint encryption.
Rating: 3.7 Stars
4. EgoSecure Encryption Anywhere
EgoSecure doubles up as a file manager and encryption app with the help of which you can encrypt files and folders in Android. The files stay protected, whether stored on your device, on the cloud, or even if transferred via the internet.
- The encryption key is based on a password according to which encryption key and type are generated; the user can define both.
- Quick access to necessary folders and files
- From the decrypted section, quick and direct access to decrypted files and folders can be attained.
- Even if long-running operations are canceled, no damage will be caused to files under process
Rating: 3.4 Stars
What Happens When You Encrypt Files In Android?
When you encrypt files and folders in Android either manually or using an app, your apps, music, photos, and other data are locked using a key that contains a certain set of credentials. Let’s say these credentials are stored in the form of a password. Things do not finish here. This password is further converted into a key that is further stored in a trusted environment, which makes it secure against any further software attacks.
So, Pay Special Heed To Device Encryption
When you encrypt files and folders in Android, it adds an extra protective layer which no one can barge. Someone cannot access your photos, apps, music files, account data, texts until someone enters the right credentials. If you are looking for ways to add security to files and folders before uploading them to the cloud, Android file encryption apps can be the best way.
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