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FileWard is a handy tool designed to bring high strength data encryption to Mac users. FileWard uses the cryptography libraries of OpenSSL to make six industrial strength encryption ciphers available in an easy to use drag and drop application. FileWard 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 can encrypt it. FileWard even lets you encrypt binary files directly to the clipboard. With FileWard, state of the art encryption of files and data is finally more...

What's New

Version 1.1.14:
  • Makes Password Assistant available in the File menu
  • Adds option to move Clear/Cipher text items to trash
  • Support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • Minor optimizations and improvements


OS X 10.4 or later

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Prologos Member IconReview+24

It never Let ME down. Very usfull and easy going.

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Version 1.1.8
Wts Member IconReview+165

Well worth the shareware price for me because it's just a simple to use mac app that you drag/drop the file on to a large icon of the application and then assign a password and there it's done. No reading a thousand page manual plus there was no system patching involved.

Can't truly rate the stability until i use it for at least a month. But apparently if i don't then this post will not go thru: so for now i will give it "3".

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Version 1.1.5
Bugsman (I zap germs) Member IconComment+51
Bugsman (I zap germs)

What does this do over and above TrueCrypt? TrueCrypt is free, and works brilliantly.

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Version 1.0.2

I like the fact that FileWard works on individual files rather than requiring an encrypted container. For me this makes storing encrypted files on remote storage services like iDisk or Dropbox easier and with quicker upload/download times than with a container. If you wanted you could have a different password for each file, giving even greater security against password crack attacks.


Sure it is free (as in beer), but is not free (as in speech); as was made clear here:


That does not make it a bad thing. It just makes one wonder.

Regardless, this is a thread about FileWard, and for pretty casual and simple encryption is does a pretty damned good job.

FWIW, I'm more comfortable with GNU tools.

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Version 1.1.11
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Version 1.1.8
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Downloads 18,026
Version Downloads 287
License Shareware
Date 12 Jun 2014
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $9.99
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