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Terry

Can I email someone an encrypted file and just tell them the password.

No. With AxCrypt 2 you only have one password and that unlocks all your other files therefore giving out your password compromises your security.

You’re welcome to use AxCrypt 1.7 because it still works although it’s no longer being developed. If you need to download it again this is the website.

There are some reasons why you should avoid self-encrypting files, chief of these being:

  • Windows SmartScreen will prevent recipients from opening your EXE file by giving them a scary warning. They can bypass this at their own risk.
  • Internet Security products tend to block or even delete EXE files which are not digitally signed because they’re considered a security risk. Other times the antivirus will block it on the basis that it’s encrypted – a common method spreading viruses.
  • Most commercial email providers (Google and Hotmail) have blocked EXE files from being sent with their services. Even if your email provider allows you to send an EXE, can your recipient receive it?

The Programmer-in-Chief of AxCrypt has written a blog entry on why you should avoid them but if you have a use for the EXE file then you’ll have to download AxCrypt 1.7

https://www.axcrypt.net/blog/avoid-self-decrypting-files/