5 Encryption For Digital Security

What is Encryption ?

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In cryptography, encryption is the process of encoding a message or information in such a way that only authorized parties can access it. Encryption does not of itself prevent interference, but denies the intelligible content to a would-be interceptor. In an encryption scheme, the intended information or message, referred to as plaintext, is encrypted using an encryption algorithm, generating ciphertext that can only be read if decrypted. For technical reasons, an encryption scheme usually uses a pseudo-random encryption key generated by an algorithm. It is in principle possible to decrypt the message without possessing the key, but, for a well-designed encryption scheme, considerable computational resources and skills are required. An authorized recipient can easily decrypt the message with the key provided by the originator to recipients but not to unauthorized users.


 

#1 Simple encryption 

Senditonthenet

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Senditonthenet uses HTTPS to prevent your files from being intercepted during transport. Users must log in to download them.

Compare this with other services that email a link to your recipients. Anyone who can intercept that email (and thats potentially a lot of people) can also access that file. Some services even generate links that can be easily guessed or iterated through. This means somebody could in theory simply download everyone’s private files, one by one.

Senditonthenet runs entirely within the web browser. You will need an advanced web browser because of the cutting edge features that we use.

For your security we recommend that you Get Chrome – It’s free and is installed in minutes

How much does it cost?

SendItOnTheNet is absolutely free.

At some point in the future we may have to look at other options to keep the service funded, but we will consult with our users before doing anything and we promise we won’t suddenly take the service away or force anyone to pay.

 

#2 Cloud encryption

http://www.boxcryptor.com

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Boxcryptor encrypts your sensitive files and folders in Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and many other cloud storages. It combines the benefits of the most user friendly cloud storage services with the highest security standards worldwide. Encrypt your data right on your device before syncing it to the cloud providers of your choice.

Seamless for Your Workflow

Boxcryptor automatically detects your installed cloud storage providers and adds them to the virtual Boxcryptor drive. Every file you add to – or create within – the Boxcryptor drive can be easily encrypted. If you want to edit an encrypted file, just open it, make your changes and save it. That’s it. You do not need to do any extra work. Boxcryptor handles everything for you.

 

 

#3 Protected Email

SendSafely

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Unlike other platforms, SendSafely uses end-to-end encryption to keep your files safe from unauthorized access at all times. With SendSafely, nobody can see your data other than the people you give access to…not even us.

Easy for Senders and Recipients

Your recipient’s won’t need to install anything to view and reply to secure messages. We’ve made it as simple as possible, SendSafely works natively with all modern web browsers.

Full Access Control, No File Size Restrictions

Whether you are sending small files like Word Documents and PDFs or huge files up to 10GB, SendSafely handles files of any size. You keep tabs on who’s accessing what, and can revoke or expire access at any time.

 

Integrated with Outlook and Google Mail

Our Outlook Plug-in and Chrome Extension offer seamless integration with the programs your already use every day. Sending an encrypted file is as easy as sending an email attachment.

 

 

#4 Make Cloud Storage

http://www.odrive.com

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Meet odrive, your universal sync client. It makes any cloud storage unified, synchronized, shareable, and encrypted.

Unified Storage

Cloud storage is better when it’s unified. odrive aggregates all your accounts into one system. One password, one application. See all the storage you can link to odrive.

Infinite Sync

Cloud storage is better when it syncs with your computer. The odrive sync engine makes your cloud files work like local files. Directly open and edit any file; any changes automatically sync with the cloud. Placeholder files allow you to sync unlimited cloud storage even with limited disk space; see everything but only download what you want. Learn more about Infinite Sync.

 

Flexible Sharing

Cloud storage is better when it’s shared. odrive takes sharing to a whole new level. Securely share weblinks to files and folder, or make sharing a group experience and invite whoever you want to sync any odrive folder. Learn more about sharing.

Zero-knowledge Encryption

Cloud storage is better when it’s private. odrive uses zero-knowledge encryption to protect your data before it leaves your computer. Because file names and content are encrypted with your secret passphrase, you are the only person on the planet who can decrypt your files. Learn how to protect all your data in all your clouds.

100% Cloud

Let the cloud set you free. odrive makes remote storage work like local storage. Do away with your storage device menagerie.

#5 Make encrypted folder in computer

How to Use 7-Zip to Encrypt Files and Folders

7-Zip is an open source software used to compress or zip files secured with encryption.

When you send or transfer files that contain Personal Identifiable Information (PII) or other confidential and sensitive data, the files must be encrypted to ensure they are protected from unauthorized disclosure.

For Mac OS instructions, please visit: http://osxdaily.com/2012/01/07/set-zip-password-mac-os-x/

7-Zip, like WinZip, creates a container called archive that holds the files to be protected. That archive can be encrypted and protected with a password. 7-Zip is a free software that creates Zip files that can be opened with WinZip or other similar programs.

To obtain a copy of 7-Zip, please see http://www.7-zip.org/ and select the Download link.

Once the software is installed, please follow these steps to encrypt a file or folder.

Step 1: Right click on the file / folder to be encrypted.

Step 2: Select “7-Zip” then “Add to archive…”

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Step 3: In the Add to Archive window change the name of the archive you wish to create.

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Step 4: Change the Archive format to “Zip”.

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Step 5: Change the Encryption Method to “AES-256”.

There is a trade-off between using AES-256 and ZipCrypto. AES-256 is proven much more secure than ZipCrypto, but if you select AES-256 the recipient of the zip file may have to install 7-zip or another zip program to read the file contents. Selecting ZipCrypto may allow users to open the zip file in Windows without a zip program, but it does not provide adequate protection against attackers with modern cracking tools.

It is strongly recommended to use AES-256 to protect sensitive and confidential data.

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Step 6: Enter a Password. Use a strong password with at least 8 characters containing upper and lowercase letters, and a minimum of one number.

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Step 7: Select “Ok” to create the encrypted archive file. The new archive file will be located in the same folder as the original.

Best security practices recommend that you do not email the password with the Zip file as it could be intercepted in transit. It is better to call the recipient of the Zip file and convey the password over the phone.


 

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