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Even if you only use AxCrypt for your personal use and never share anything with anyone, those features that allow you to do so should not be in the way.
Key files are only supported for backward compatibility with AxCrypt 1.x, and will not be used or mentioned once you have converted to AxCrypt 2. Not sure why you mention them…
There is an update to AxCrypt 2 available that makes it easier to migrate from the old to the new. Please try it out!
In AxCrypt 2, the “clear passphrase” function is called “Sign Out”, and is available under the File menu. Also, AxCrypt 2 will automatically sign out if the screen saver becomes active, you log out of your Windows session, the computer goes to sleep or is shut down.
The point here is that you should never walk away from your computer without at least a password protected screen saver being active.