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Hi Lightwind. I thought I’d pick up on your comment;

“As far as I know, there is no comparable software to AxCrypt available to OS X users which offers AES 256 encryption, is open-source AND cross-platform.”

Your belief is incorrect. There is software which offers AES-256 bit encryption, open-source AND cross-platform – it’s called GnuPG and has been out for 20 years. It’s one of the most cross-platform pieces of software out there:

  • Windows
  • OS X
  • Debian
  • RPM
  • Android
  • VMS

You can get the official, free, open-source download from here. You need to scroll all the way to the bottom under “Binary Releases”.

It supports asymmetric and symmetric encryption.

There are many pieces of software compatible with GnuPG (a.k.a. PGP). If you use an iPhone then the best is called iPGMail and that supports encrypted email and/or encrypted files. However iPGMail costs $1.99.

Therefore GnuPG is your best bet if you’re using:

  • Windows 10
  • OS X (MacBook Pro)
  • Android phone

You can use GnuPG until Svante creates an OS X port.

GnuPG was used by the whistleblower Ed Snowden and has been proven to be secure. It’s also sustainably funded with people like Facebook and Stripe giving regular donations because the project is considered that important.