FileWard DES

Developer: Northern Softworks

Current Version: 1.0.1

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 6.3 MB - Download


FileWard DES is a handy tool designed to bring high strength data encryption to Macintosh users.  FileWard DES uses the cryptography libraries of OpenSSL to make the DES encryption cipher available in an easy to use drag and drop application.  Simply drop a file or folder into FileWard DES to encrypt it, or double click to decrypt it.  FileWard DES also brings convenient high strength encryption to the clipboard allowing you to encrypt any clipboard contents including text, pictures, spreadsheets, whatever!  In short, if you can copy it to the clipboard, FileWard DES can encrypt it.  FileWard DES even lets you encrypt binary files directly to the clipboard.  With FileWard DES, state of the art encryption of files and data is finally made simple.

If you have a secret, FileWard will keep it.


Attractive, easy to use interface.
Based on OpenSSL for robust cryptographic performance.
Open source encryption code for easy peer review.
Simple Drag and Drop encryption of files and folders.
Automatic compression of encrypted files.
Encrypt contents of the clipboard.
Encrypt binary files directly to the clipboard.
Verify integrity of encrypted files.
Create SHA1 file checksums.
Verify SHA1 file checksums.
Verify MD5 file checksums.
Access the OS X Password Assistant.
Illustrated Documentation.


Release Notes:

Updated for Mavericks.
Minor optimizations and improvements.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.0
Review by SanJoseScott

Easy and fast. Nice UI. Functional. Uses OpenSSL. - This is a nice application. You can encrypt a file by drag-and-drop or by an Open command. You can also encrypt the contents of the clipboard and save that as a file. I see some critics are incensed that the program does not overwrite the original file. They really need to think that criticism through: What if something were to go wrong, something as simple as a typo in the password you type? If the source file were overwritten or deleted, the resulting encrypted file would be useless. Rather than risk this, this app offers a secure delete function, so securely getting rid of the original file is a click away. The app uses the built-in OpenSSL encryption engine that comes with OS X and other modern flavors of UNIX and Linux but which on the Mac is otherwise accessible only via the command line (at least through OS X Mountain Lion). This app provides an easy-to-use GUI for accessing that functionality. Encryption is done using the des-cbc technique, with salt. That's not the greatest choice but will at least inconvenience casual lookinpeepers. (It appears it can decrypt files encrypted using any technique supported by OpenSSL: AES, base64, blowfish, CAST, CAST5, des, des3, IDEA, RC2, RC4, RC5.) Any scratch files are securely overwritten using a quick one-pass approach that's suitable for most anyone short of James Bond. It also lets you generate a checksum for any file with a click. It's also very well documented. Good stuff. I do wish it had an option for choosing a heftier encryption technique than DES though. Something to hope for in a future version?

Found helpful by 9 out of 9 people
Version 1.0
Review by NormaJean83

Still looking for better encryption software... - Does not secure the original file, it just makes a copy that's encrypted thus the original file is still lying around unprotected.

Found helpful by 2 out of 6 people