For everyone who wants to keep information private Klartext is a format of the past. Instead, low-cost, high-performance encryption is widely used, but often it is not easy enough to be widely accepted. An exception to this rule is EncryptPad, an easy-to-use application that allows you to encrypt text, photos, or archives with strong encryption with a password, a key file, or both.
Need for encrypted information
In the digital world, simple text is a simple goal. Keeping everything in plain language means, of course, that everyone can read it. And while this would have been expected when processing power was expensive, there are now many free and easy ways to keep your text in a safer state. Encryption uses a key that you create to encrypt the data you store. This will allow other users to easily retrieve them.
Imagine this: If you recorded everything in plain text If you leave your computer and then lose it, it can read all the unencrypted contents of your drive. If you lost the same laptop but your files were encrypted, there are several ways you could frustrate someone trying to look inside.
First, you can set a password that would do this. You will need to get corrupted to get the information. This greatly reduces the chances of someone being able to access the files that are now out of your control. Of course, this could still be attacked if you chose a weak or generic password, or if you reuse the password in other places where it could be tampered with.
A safer method is to create a key file that is required Unlock confidential files and keep a copy over the network. In this way, you can revoke access to the file by deleting the key from the network so that files can not be decrypted until you re-upload the key.
EncryptPad is an easy-to-use application that provides an easy-to-use interface similar to other Notepad programs. While it's by no means the most powerful word processor, encrypting notes is a breeze and offers the same functionality you would expect from any GUI text editor.
How to Best Download EncryptPad To get started, use the precompiled binaries that are available on the EncryptPad Web site. Select the version that matches your operating system and install EncryptPad according to the instructions on the screen.
For macOS, just download the file and open the image to find the fully-featured, encrypted Notepad application. You can drag and drop this directly into the folder "Applications". EncryptPad is similarly easy to install on other systems:
Step 2: Open a text file with the text editor
Start the application to open EncryptPad Double-click the EncryptPad lock icon. This should start you in a blank "unnamed" EncryptPad file. You will notice that the file extension EPD is specific to this program.
See the same kind of text editor I would expect to be installed alongside an operating system. While there are not many formatting options, the magic really comes after you lock the content with a password or keyfile.
Click the gear icon to display encryption options for EncryptPad. Here you can see the type of symmetric encryption you can select. If you want to transfer the hash function from SHA-256 to SHA-512, you can do this here.
If These Options Are Available So we can lock our file so only we can see it. Add some text and continue with the encryption.
Once you have set the encryption to your liking, click "Encryption" and then "Set Passphrase" to set a password for the file also display the "Delete Passphrase" options that allow you to delete a password if you want the file to be accessible without a passphrase.
After setting the password, you can do this Now save the file and you can be sure that an attacker without di e passphrase can not open it. Over time, a determined attacker could still invade the password by brutally enforcing the password.
What else can we do besides add a password to keep people out of our files?
Step 4: Create a key file
One of the strongest and most flexible methods of backing up your document is a key file. A keyfile is stronger than a password and somewhat easier to manage because you can use EncryptPad to rely on keys shared over a network. This means that a key file can later be removed to prevent access to information stored in EncryptPad files.
It's easy to set a key file, but the first step is to create one. On the Encryption tab, select Generate Keys.
Next, select the location where you want to save the key file. The key is also password protected. Therefore, make sure that has a good password to back up the key.
Enter a passphrase to protect the key from the next field, and you have a .key file waiting for you, wherever you go you want to save. Finally, you will be asked if you want to use the generated key for this file. First select "No" to continue.
Step 5: Protect Your Data with a Key File
Now encrypt our file with the key you just created or another key for that matter. Click "Encryption" again and select "Set encryption key". In the pop-up that appears, select a path to the key file that you want to use to encrypt the file. Here you can also specify a remote key, eg. For example, a key stored on a server you control.
An important setting here is "Keep the position of the key in the encrypted file". This means that the location of your key file is stored in your encrypted file, which simplifies the use of an encrypted remote key. If you select this option, this keyfile will be associated with your encrypted document until you remove it.
When this is set, click "OK" a password for the keyfile. Your document should now report that it is protected with both a password and an encryption key.
EncryptPad not only stops encrypting text. It can also encrypt archives and images. We will demonstrate this by creating an encrypted version of a horrible Garfield meme with the previously created keyfile.
First, let's start with an image we want to encrypt. Click "Encryption". The following dialog box appears.
In this field, type the file you want to encrypt. Input file "File and where to store the encrypted file in the" Output file "field Make sure the" Encrypt "option is selected and you can select either EPD or GPG as the file format.
Perfect, when we return to the folder where we have the folder stored in, we can see that an encrypted version is now there This process allows us to encrypt everything we want on our system.
The most important part is knowing how to decrypt a file with a key and password. Click again on the "Encryption" option, and we'll do the reverse to encrypt the file.
Select the Decrypt option at the top of the menu, and then specify the option to decrypt a file that you want to decrypt in the Input File box. Type the path and file name that the decrypted file should use in the Output File box, and then enter the path to the keyfile that you encrypted with the file in the Keyfile Path box. When they are filled out, click on the "Start" button.
When prompted, enter the password associated with the file and the key file being used. After successfully decrypting the file, the confirmation box should appear below.
To open an encrypted text file, simply open the file in EncryptPad by clicking File
One thing to keep in mind when coding is that this is possible to work both ways. If you set a strong password that you can not remember, or if you set a keyfile and then lose, you will not lose your data. The key to encryption is that there are no backdoors and it is incredibly difficult to recover data for which you have no key or password. You should therefore make backup copies of the key files you are using, as you may need them if your primary copy is destroyed for some reason.
If you manage your keys well and keep your confidential files encrypted, you should protect yourself from giving up your eyes to decrypt the files that you want to keep safe. With tools like EncryptPad, saving text in a secure way does not have to be difficult or complicated.
I hope you liked this tutorial on using EncryptPad to encrypt text and information! If you have questions about this encryption tutorial or have a comment, please post it in the comments or contact me on Twitter @KodyKinzie .