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fSekrit - keeping encrypted notes small

review from DonationCoder

comments from Bill Webb, Mar 2006


fSekrit is a small application for keeping encrypted notes.


The real advantage of fSekrit is that notes are truly self-contained; the editor program and your note are merged together into a tiny self-contained program file, removing the need to install a special application to view your data.


This makes fSekrit ideal for keeping encrypted notes on, for example, USB flash drives.




read the rest of this review at DonationCoder for more details, they've also got a whole bunch of other apps there that are great for freebie hunters


Notes from Clif

After my review of LockNote last week, Mouser at DonationCoder and my friend Bill Webb, both let me know that they prefer fSekrit to LockNote.


Here's what Bill said:

Along with drag and drop (coming in fSekrit) the feature differences boil down to "undo," "find," and "find all" in LockNote, missing in fSekrit. Encryption standards are the same.


However, the initial program, fsekrit.exe, is only 39.0 KB as opposed to LockNote.exe's 296 KB. A one-line file and password create a fSekrit file of 39.1 KB. Same file is still 296 KB in LockNote.


The really big difference, however is this: every fSekrit file carries the .exe file to create another, separate encrypted file. If you have one, you can create as many additional as you need. You do not need the initial .exe program, as you do with LockNote. Just click "new" in the File menu of any fSekrit file, and you have a new standalone file.


Conclusion: LockNote is handy for use on the desktop... with the understanding that 4 files will fill up the equivalent of a floppy disk. You'll be able to get about 35 small fSekrit files on the same disk, or one file containing about 1.4 MB of text. This could be a factor for some folks who keep material on floppies or small USB drives.


Me, I'll edit in Notepad if I'm feeling clumsy (or my favorite metapad) and copy and paste into fSekrit; one more step for a much smaller footprint. If LockNote would accept, encrypt and display .rtf files, that would be interesting, but it's too big and clunky for a .txt only application, in my opinion.


Thanks for the tips

Thanks for the tip, Mouser. Thank you for the lecture, Bill. My favorite text editor is MetaPad too!


Many thanks to F0dder, the author of fSekrit, he's told me that he plans to have a new version ready in April.


Be sure to check out some of Bill's articles at Backwash.

Go to DonationCoder to try out fSekrit.