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Whisply Easily Encrypts Files Without Installing Software in Your Computer

whisplyIf you want to safely and securely save files on Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive but don’t want to install software in your computer, or if you need to encrypt a file while you’re away from your desktop, Whisply may be your answer.

Whisply is especially useful when you want to send a file to someone else but don’t want hackers or spies to see the contents of your file. Whisply will optionally create a randomly generated PIN or a custom password. If the other person knows the PIN or password, you can send the URL to the intended recipient. That person can click on the link you sent, retrieve the file, and apply the PIN or password. The file will be decrypted and can optionally be saved by the recipient.

NOTE: For security reasons, don’t use email to send the PIN or password! Call the other person on the phone or use some other method of sending the PIN or password.

The great thing about the Whisply link is: When you edit the sent file, those changes will be updated for the receiver as well. The receiver of the link will have the most recent version of the file when downloading it again later.

Whisply does not install software in your computer. Instead, it is web-based; software in the cloud. It will work on Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Chromebook, and other computer systems. All that is needed is a web browser and an Internet connection. I am using Whisply on my new Chromebook and can verify that it works well. It is quick and easy to use.

Whisply was created by the same company that sells Boxcryptor, a security product that encrypts your data on your device before it is synchronized to the cloud. Boxcryptor is very popular with users of Dropbox, Google Drive, and other cloud-based file storage products. Boxcryptor does require installation of software on your computer while Whisply does not.

Whisply is available to everyone free of charge. However, if you do sign up for a paid Boxcryptor account, you receive extra features, such as creating an expiration date, after which the file cannot be decrypted.

The company claims it doesn’t have a file size limit, but it recommends avoiding more than 10 megabyte uploads. Try it right now:

Categories: Encryption, Offline Privacy & Security, Online Privacy & Security

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