Crypto Notepad allows users to encrypt their notes. It is best compared to a more secure version of the standard Windows Notepad. Sometimes, it is necessary to protect your notes so that others cannot access them. This is especially the case if you are dealing with sensitive information. This includes trade secrets, financial data, banking passwords, legal documents, and more.
Some alternatives to Notepad are too complex when they try to offer additional encryption features. However, we found that this tool is actually quite simple. You can tweak the UI to be how you want it, and yet it is still lightweight and accessible to users of all levels.
This app has features. Let’s start by taking a look at those:
If the app is not active, it will lock for increased privacy. This means you don’t have to worry about unwanted eyes looking at your private notes.
You can prevent further editing of a document by making the editor read-only. There is an indicator that shows you if it is in this mode, up in the status panel for more convenience.
Something that really impressed us when we were testing it was that you can fire it up and use your MAC to salt the algorithm on the first time. In essence, this acts as a secondary encryption key. It can be altered at any time of your choosing by visiting the settings section.
Whenever we saved a note, we were able to use a secure password. The software prompts you for this when you save a new or existing file.
Instead of being stuck with encryption settings that don’t suit you, you can change them to your liking. This includes changing the size of the key or even playing around with the hash algorithm.
From our perspective, Crypto Notepad is very intuitive to use. We loved that we could change the UI to our custom preference. It is very similar to the classic Windows Notepad that many of us are used to. Most of the features are pretty straightforward and don’t require a lot of explanation.
One key function that is not included in the original version of Notepad is the ability to search. You might have a longer document that you’ve been typing out and then need to be able to find a certain word to save time. Keep in mind that you can’t replace items, however.
You can make the font larger or smaller. You can also change the font and background color. Finally, the toolbar can be hidden if you prefer. This was also a welcome change from other notepad software we’ve used.
Overall, Crypto Notepad provides a great alternative to both traditional Notepad and overcomplicated versions with encryption. We especially like that it will automatically shut down after a certain period. The ability to customize the appearance is just the icing on the cake. We recommend this to anyone needing a reliable way to encrypt information without learning complicated software.