Download of the day: PeaZip
PeaZip is one of the best free tools around for unpacking, managing and creating compressed file archives. It can extract archives in over 150 formats, including RAR, and compress to 7Z, ARC, BZ2, GZ, PAQ, PEA, SFX, TAR, UPX, WIM, XZ, and ZIP.
Some free file archiving tools are designed to be as small as possible, but PeaZip is focused on security, with a whole toolkit to keep your important data safe. It's fully functional – not just a taster of a premium paid-for product – and completely free to use on as many devices as you like.
Why you need it
Compressed file archives are great for sharing files – whether it's by email, FTP, P2P or cloud storage – enabling you to package several documents together and minimize their overall size. Another very useful factor is security, and this is where PeaZip outshines its rivals.
PeaZip is capable of reading and creating encrypted file archives using two-factor authentication, which requires both a password and a randomly generated key file to unlock. This makes the archives much harder to crack using brute force or dictionary-based attacks.
PeaZip includes its own built-in password manager, which keeps your credentials encrypted until a master password is entered, and a secure file shredder to permanently erase any data you no longer need.
There's also a comprehensive set of non-security features. These include a file organizer with built-in image editor, options for splitting and joining archives, the ability to find duplicate files, and a tool for optimizing image compression.
If you share file archives regularly, you need PeaZip.
- Excellent format support
- Two-factor authentication
- Secure file shredder
- Drag-and-drop interface
- File viewer and organizer
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10