If you’re looking for a smart and incredibly easy way to fully encrypt confidential data you send via email, chat or SMS, look no further than Lockify, an app that encrypts your personal data – passwords, bank account numbers, social security numbers and more – so you no longer have to worry about prying eyes.
Lockify is available on both Android and the Desktop, helping people encrypt data they’re sending so they can be assured their information is safe. Our guide will outline how to use the Lockify app in Google Chrome.
True End-to-end Encryption With Lockify
Setting Up Lockify
One of the easiest ways to use Lockify is via the Lockify extension in Chrome. This app provides end-to-end AES-256 encryption of all plaintext you send. It also never puts it in a cloud, which can just as easily be hacked.
To get the app, go to the download page in the Google Chrome Store.
After installing the app, you can either access it via the App Launcher or by going to the download page in the Chrome Store.
When the app loads for the first time, it will ask if you would like Lockify to reserve you a free full account for you once they become available since the current version is still in beta mode. The full version has several exciting features planned and will be launching soon.
Once you’ve chosen if you’d like Lockify to reserve you a free spot, click out the window to view the entire app and the main interface.
To understand what each feature does within Lockify, there are small “i” information buttons located near the main features so you can figure out how to use the app quickly.
Lockify is able to keep your confidential data 100% safe by encrypting it and then storing it on your PC, not in the cloud. It does keep an encrypted copy of your data, but it never has the key to open it. It then gives you a link to where the encrypted data is stored on your hard drive, which you can share with whomever you deem fit.
To create an encrypted message with Lockify, simply type your confidential message into the large white space in the main interface, where it says “Enter your confidential message here.” Click the white space for a cursor to appear, and type your message.
After you’ve finished typing your message, select the security process you want to instate for those you share your link with. Click “Select one…” to reveal the two options. #1: “a question you pose to them“, or #2: “a password you share with them.”
Choosing a security screening process isn’t required, but is recommended.
Next, click “Encrypt” to begin encrypting your message. A dialog screen will load while you wait for your message to be encrypted. This can take a few moments to complete.
Once it’s finished encrypting your message, you’ll see the link to your encryption, as well as a big green “Copy link” to make things easy. Copy the link and share it however you’d like, from email, chat, SMS, etc.
Whenever you send your link, the following text will always accompany it so those who receive the link will know that it’s time sensitive: “I created this secure link for you. It will expire after three days or 1 viewing.”
Lockify stays true to this as well, and bear this in mind when sharing your links.
If you’d rather not send a link, you can send a QR code instead.
Unlock an Encryption
Lockify also lets you “unlock” a link right in the dialog box. Click the “UnLockify” link on the left sidebar of the dialog window to bring it up. Next, paste the link into the field, and click “Continue.”
A screen will load telling you, “Someone wants to share confidential info with you,” with a “Continue” link.
After you click Continue, a “Decryption successful” message will load, asking you to “Press to reveal the message.”
If you’re impressed with Lockify as it stands in beta mode, keep your eyes peeled for the full version. It will allow users to track everything that happens to their Lockify links, such as when they’re accessed. It will also let users modify the expiration limit on their links, as well as give users the option to rename them so they can be more easily identifiable.
Also, if you’re looking for more stringent security screening, Lockify will be adding the option to allow recipients to authenticate their identity by phone number.
Protecting sensitive information sent online is more important than ever now days. Too many people are learning how to snoop, with unfortunate situations happening all the time. Lockify however proves to be a solid solution to this rising concern, and for every type of user.
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