HOWTO | Se­cure files us­ing En­crypto

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1 Se­lect files to be en­crypted

Af­ter down­load­ing En­crypto, any file or folder that you want to en­crypt can sim­ply be dragged and dropped into the box in the mid­dle of your screen. When the files have been added, the process will im­me­di­ately be­gin, and con­vert your file into one with a ‘.crypto’ file ex­ten­sion.

2 Cre­ate a pass­word

Your En­crypto pass­word can be ac­com­pa­nied by a spe­cific hint. Type the pass­word into the top di­a­logue box, then add your clue un­der­neath. To en­sure you don’t make any ty­pos, you can click the Show but­ton to see your pass­word in full, rather than a black dot per char­ac­ter.

3 Share your files

Us­ing the drop-down menu at the bot­tom, you can de­cide how you want to send your files. As well as OS X’s de­fault apps like Mail, En­crypto al­lows you to use any third­party ex­ten­sion on your Mac. You can also keep the en­crypted file on your com­puter us­ing the Save As op­tion.

4 De­crypt your files

To de­crypt a file or folder that you’ve re­ceived or cre­ated, drag the en­crypted icon into the En­crypto box – the app will ask for the pass­word and dis­play the hint. When the cor­rect an­swer is given, a sleek an­i­ma­tion shows the file be­ing un­locked, al­low­ing you to view a pre­view, or save it.

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