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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Use Cloud-based EncryptDrive to Encrypt and Decrypt Files

padlockThis is a handy tool for keeping your private files private. Best of all, it is available FREE of charge. It can encrypt and decrypt files on your local drive as well as in Google Drive and will save files to Google Drive. EncryptDrive allows you to encrypt your files so that no one can look at them, even if they are using your computer. I am using it on my Chromebook computer to keep make sure private information remains private.

Outside hackers? No problem.

This app uses powerful encryption algorithms (AES with 128 bit key). EncryptDrive does not save or share the file you select. The encryption is performed locally in your computer without going through the server, using HTML5 technology. No unencrypted information is sent online. The programmer(s) insist it is very safe, and provides privacy. Admittedly, I don’t have any method of testing that claim so I will take the programmer’s word for it. In a quick test, it certainly looked encrypted when I looked at a file encrypted with EncryptDrive with a binary file editor.

EncryptDrive can encrypt files up to about 12 megabytes in size and decrypts even larger files. That should be big enough for most uses. If you need something that handles bigger files, you need to look for a bigger program, possibly one that costs money.

EncryptDrive supports Internet Explorer 10, Chrome, and Firefox web browsers. It works on Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Chromebooks. It is cloud-based so there is no need to install any software in your computer. You can send an encrypted file to anyone and he or she can also use EncryptDrive to decrypt it once you tell that person the encryption key. (Don’t send the encryption key in unencrypted email!)

Quick, easy-to-use, works everywhere. I like that! It is supported by advertising.

EncryptDrive may be found at

Categories: Encryption

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