Steganos has launched a free online tool for encrypting and decrypting data using the highly secure 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard. The software uses 256-bit AES encryption, which is considered by the US government to be suitable protection for information classified as ´Top Secret´. The algorithm has never been cracked.
Users visit www.steganos.com/freecrypt where there is a form into which they can type or paste text. They enter a password and click the button and their text is quickly encrypted and displayed in another form field. From there, it can be copied for pasting into an email, instant message, Word document or any other file or text communication medium. Recipients decode the text by visiting the same website, pasting in the encrypted text, entering the password and selecting ´decrypt´ before clicking the start button.
“With Steganos FreeCrypt, we´re making it as easy as possible to protect data and communications,” said Katja Pryss, director of marketing at Steganos. “Users don´t need to install any software and can access advanced encryption technology wherever there is an internet connection. Everybody has a right to privacy. By making this tool freely available, Steganos is making it attainable for everybody as well. As we´re celebrating our tenth jubilee, we think of it as a birthday gift from us to the internet community.”