Now here’s something super awesome that came across our desk earlier today. MacPaw, developers of CleanMyMac 3 and other Mac programs, have recently released their first encryption program that allows users to easily encrypt their files then store or share them securely. Dubbed Encrypto, it is a completely free program available for both Mac and PC that encrypts any file using AES-256. From there, users can share the file right from Encrypto or save it to their hard drive.
“Encrypto was created as a response to popular demand from the MacPaw user base,” says Oleksandr Kosovan, CEO of MacPaw. “We created Encrypto with the goal of bringing the once complicated encryption process to the everyday user in a simple and practical platform, reducing both the time and effort required to encrypt and share files.”
- Advanced Encryption System (AES) 256 is an approved standard for encrypting transmitted data that guarantees security in the transition of files.
- A unique, embedded password hint is included that only the recipient would be able to decipher.
- Encrypted files can be sent via Mail, AirDrop, Messages, or even with third-party apps like Dropbox.
- Encrypted files can be saved directly to the user’s disk drive without needing to share them.
Unlike other programs like PGP (or GPG), they are a little cumbersome to use and takes some time to learn. With Encrypto, the process is super easy and straightforward. Drag and drop your file(s) into the program, set a password (plus an optional hint), and let Encrypto take it from there. Overall Encrypto is a great utility, however, the next biggest thing we would like to see is to make the program open source for security audits and contributions from the community.