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  • How to Password Protect Files, Photos, Videos and Other Docs Using Encryption How to Password Protect Files, Photos, Videos and Other Docs Using Encryption


    Easy File Encryptor

    Easy File Encryptor uses the AES-256 algorithm and gets incorporated into the Windows Explorer context menu after installation. Right-click any file once the setup is over and click Encrypt (escorted by a yellow locker icon). In the first empty box, enter a Password and retype it for Confirmation in the second one, click Ok, and then click Ok again in the popup window that allows you to know the task was successful (Encrypted!). The original file is encrypted.

    If somebody attempts to open the file without decrypting it first, they will get an error message that makes the item look damaged. Right-click the file in Explorer to decrypt it. Then select Decrypt and enter the Password in the popup window, click Ok, and then Ok in the Decrypted! popup window.

    You can simultaneously encrypt and decrypt multiple files. Follow the same steps we formerly mentioned after choosing two or more files (while clicking them hold down Ctrl) or right-clicking a folder. Please note that only the files from that folder will be encrypted and decrypted, not the folder itself (this tool doesn’t support directory encryption).


    Fort uses the AES-256 algorithm similar to Easy File Encryptor, and gets incorporated into the context menu of Windows Explorer. It can encrypt one or more files from a multiple selection or folder (not directory encryption). Right-click one or more files (to make a multiple selection hold down Ctrl), open the Fort menu (escorted by an icon with grey keys) and select Encrypt.

    You can Enter passphrase used for encryption in the popup window, while keeping a watch on the Passphrase strength shown at the bottom. This lets you know how difficult it is for crackers to find out the key. To maximize security, click the + button next to the password box to create a random and safe password instantly, then the bird’s eye icon to view it unmasked.

    However, you need to remember it to be able to decrypt the file. If you dread that your PC was taken over by keyloggers, click the keyboard button to call the Windows On-Screen Keyboard to type the password. Once you are done, click Encrypt.

    By default, Fort creates a new encrypted file (with a locker icon) and leaves the original one untouched (it only modified its file name). You can also resort to file shredders, if you want to stop others from gaining access to the original data. To encrypt the original file directly in Fort, go to the Settings area after entering the passphrase and clear the Make a backup before encryption box. If you want to verify the password by retyping it, then you can also display another box below Enter passphrase. Go to the Interface tab of the Settings panel to do this and before encryption box check the Verify passphrase.

    To decrypt one or more files, right-click them in Explorer, select Fort -> Decryption, Enter passphrase in the popup window, and click Decrypt. You can either safeguard each file with the same password (right-click menu -> Fort -> Encrypt All) or place all items in a password-protected ZIP archive (ZIP and Encrypt, it can be decrypted using Fort only) when you are encrypting files from a chosen folder.


    VSFileEncrypt allows you to select from numerous security algorithms: AES-128, AES-192, AES-256, Salsa20-128, Salsa20-256, CAST-128 and CAST-256. During setup if you allow this, it gets incorporated into the Windows Explorer context menu.

    Once it is installed, you can either launch its .exe file or right-click a file in Explorer and choose Send to VSFileEncrypt. The tool cannot actually process numerous files at the same time, even though this appears in the context menu even when right-clicking on more files. If you click Add file from the File menu and open a new file (or drop it in the window), it will substitute the one you are currently working on.

    Under Algorithm, click the menu and select a security algorithm (one that’s not greyed out). Select AES-256, if you are not sure. Only the premium version of the tool will have the greyed-out options.

    In the Output file area, click the file icon to set the output directory and name for creating the encrypted file (the original one is left untouched). Remember to add the original file name and .enc extension too.

    On the toolbar, click Encrypt. Enter the Password and retype it to Confirm password in the Password to encrypt window, and click Ok to prepare the encryption process. Note to remember the security algorithm used (in this case, AES-256) and key to be able to decrypt the file.

    Right-click in Explorer to decrypt a file, and choose Send to VSFileEncrypt. Then, click the File icon in the Output file area of the main window to identify where you want to reconstruct the original file (add its extension too), select the security algorithm that was applied in encryption, click Decrypt on the toolbar, enter the Password, and click Ok

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  • How To Block Access To Unsafe Or Unwanted Websites


    Internet has become an integral part of one’s life these days. With everyone following the online route, more and more people are getting hooked to Internet including children. Besides the good and positive things that the Internet offers, there are also several parts that may have negative impact on one’s lives.

    While one cannot prevent the Internet from distributing material that are considered as not safe by many, there are ways to block access to such websites from the computer.

    In this article, we bring to you three utilities that are expert in limiting the access of PC users to doubtful domains, mainly adult-oriented websites: HomeGuard, Qustodio, and Simple Porn Blocker.

    Read below to understand how you can easily enable and disable these apps, as well as how to add any websites you want to the blacklist.


    At the end of the installation, Home Guard will ask you to enter a password that is required for getting access to the program and configuring settings. It automatically starts to observe your web browsers and blocks access to unsuitable websites once it is launched. They will get an error about the network connection every time someone attempts to load such a site.

    Even after the main window is closed, the tool runs and there’s no hint of it in the taskbar, systray, Task Manager or quick launch area.

    To add your own websites to the block list, open the Options menu in the main app window and access Monitoring Settings. Go to Internet -> Websites, enter a domain in the dialog box before the Add button, and click Add to insert it into the list. In the next step, you can add more websites, and click Ok once you are done. In order to Block all except these URLs (tick this checkbox, instead of Block these URLs), you can also create a white list instead of a blacklist.

    If you want to program HomeGuard to block the websites only at specific times (not always), go to Internet -> Websites -> Schedule and check Block at these times to keep the websites blocked only within a given time frame, or Block except at these times to keep the websites blocked all the time, except within the given time frame.

    By setting the starting and end time (From: and To: boxes), a detailed schedule can be made for any preferred days or daily. Click the Everyday menu before From: to pick a day of the week (or leave Everyday), click the From: and To: boxes to type the starting and end time (click the up and down arrows to increase or decrease time), and click Add to insert the time frame for the specified day in the list. You can add as many entries as you want with time frames within the same day or different ones. Overlapping time will be amalgamated. Click Ok to continue.

    Then, click the Stop Monitoring button in the main window to disable the HomeGuard service without uninstalling it.


    This is a parental control app that authorizes the remote control (via a web browser) of any computer that has this program installed. It’s well-suited with Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Kindle. The tool offers to auto-close any running browsers (required) during installation. However, to get started, it is essential to sign up with a Qustodio account.

    To do this, tick the ‘I don’t have a Qustodio account box’ in the Welcome wizard, and put in your credentials in the following stage: Name, Email address, Verify email address, Password, Verify password. Click Next to continue and enter a Device Name to remotely recognize the current PC. Optionally, if you do not want the PC users to know they are being watched, you can tick the Hide Qustodio on this device box.

    Next, you need to instruct the app Who uses this device by Typing a name and choosing the Birth year, Gender, and Avatar. Go to my Family Portal in the web browser once setup is over, and Log in with your Email address and Password to gain access to the Activity summary of each user, in addition to the Social activity, Web activity, and Activity timeline.

    To check what kinds of websites are allowed and denied by Qustodio, go to Rules and choose the Web browsing rules tab. You can control this by clicking on a type (like Search Portal, Religion, Games, Gambling, Webmail, Alcohol or Tobacco) to open a menu and choose Monitor website’s category or Block website’s category.

    To create a list of Website exceptions, proceed by scrolling down this page. Enter the URL and pick the action from a drop-down menu between Allow, Alert, Block or Ignore. If you want to block access to any websites that are not on the blacklist or whitelist of Qustodio, then go to the Uncategorized websites column on the right, and clear the Allow unknown websites option.

    You can also schedule Time usage limits. To disable Qustodio temporarily, click its tray icon on the computer, choose Disable temporarily, enter your Email address and Password, and select the Duration. Only if you uninstall the tool, then can it be permanently disabled.

    Simple Porn Blocker

    This is a forthright tool that has two buttons you can click to Block Porn and Unblock Porn. As the tool alters the Hosts file to tell Windows what domains to block, it is of no relevance as to which web browser is being used. Changes should be immediately applied. However, if it appears that it is not working, you can restart the web browser.

    The application can be closed to the desktop, because it does not have password protection as it doesn’t require to be run at all times. On the other hand, you should ensure that the PC user you are trying to protect doesn’t come across Simple Porn Blocker to click the Unblock Porn button. Therefore, it may be a good idea to uninstall the app after blocking the websites. After the removal of the program, the changes are not automatically undone. So, if you wish to unblock access to the websites (or restore the original Hosts file), you have to install Simple Porn Blocker again.

    Also, you can open the Hosts file (in C:WindowsSystem32driversetc) with a text editor, if you wish to add more websites to the blacklist. Then, scroll down until you see the #PORN SITES BLOCKER – START# and add any other domains by sticking to the format displayed ( link). Ensure that you are inserting new lines before #PORN SITES BLOCKER – END#. Before doing so, you should create a backup of the original Hosts file (just copy and paste it into another location). Further, just overwrite the Hosts files with the backup to restore the backup.

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