December 8, 2016 at 19:34 #4817
I’m giving a try to axcrypt 2.X I was (I am) a bit reluctant to use 2.x as I feel 1.7 was much better it but I’ll give a try. First problem I find is that I can’t change the password that Axcrypt ask when opening the program
Thanks for the support!December 8, 2016 at 20:13 #4818
What do you mean that you can’t change the password?
You can do this under the File | Options menu, like this:
If this does not work for you, please send us a screen shot of the situation.December 8, 2016 at 22:03 #4820
Thanks for your fast reply
I thougth it was for changig the password of the file not the main password. Thanks again for your reply and sorry for the inconvinience.
As I said I am a fan ofAx 1.7 and I’ll give a try to version 2, although I’m a bit confussed with some of the new features
Anyhow i’ll keep on advising Ax as great product
B.RDecember 8, 2016 at 22:21 #4821
Good luck, and thanks for the feedback. We’ll try to make it even clearer. The “main” password is for all files encrypted with AxCrypt 2. You sign in once per session, and then encrypt and decrypt using that password automatically.December 15, 2016 at 22:11 #4866
What happens if I encrypt a bunch of files with my new Axcrypt 2.x account, and then change the password for my account.
Will the files I already encrypted still open with my new password? Or do I need to re-encrypt them after I change my account password?December 16, 2016 at 09:44 #4868
That’s the beauty of AxCrypt ID account which is based on public key technology.
When you change (not reset) your password for your AxCrypt ID account, *all* files previously encrypted with that AxCrypt ID account will automagically open with the new changed password.
Technically, this works because your AxCrypt ID is associated with a public key pair. Each file is encrypted with a random and unique file key. This file key is in turn encrypted and placed in the encrypted file. The file key is encrypted both with the original password using a symmetric encryption key wrap, but also with your AxCrypt ID public key.
When you change (not reset) your password for your AxCrypt ID account, essentially what happens is that you re-encrypt your private key of the key pair with the new password.
So, when opening a file when signed to your AxCrypt ID the following happens:
– Your private key of the AxCrypt ID is decrypted using your sign in password.
– The encrypted file key is located in the .axx AxCrypt encrypted file, and decrypted using the private key.
– The decrypted file key is used to decrypt the actual file contents.