Late last week I was cruising around the interwebs, safe and snug and secure in an ad and tracker free environment thanks to a blocker and a VPN when I came across a text encryption app that is named after a special place in my heart. It’s called Paranoia Text Encryption (PET), and, yes, I have a bit of paranoia in my heart. After all, if everyone is out to get you, paranoia is the right attitude to have.
PET is a text encryption utility and it’s obvious it’s made for those of us with an extra paranoia gene. Quickly, simply, easily, and fast, PET encrypts messages, notes, texts, email messages, and pretty much anything else that is text-like in nature. What kind of encryption?
Feast your eyes on this:
Blowfish 448bit, AES 256bit, RC6 256bit, Serpent 256bit, Twofish 256bit, GOST 256bit ciphers
What I like about PET is that it does not work as the typical vault application that uses a password to open the vault which then easily opens anything encrypted by the vault. Each encryption session can have its own password which makes everything you encrypt more secure.
Now, get this: PET is free. Not even free as in beer free. If you want better encryption– Threefish 1024-bit and SHACAL-2 512-bit– there is a pro version available. PET is cross platform, too– macOS High Sierra, Windows 10, various flavors of Linux, and iOS.
How PET works couldn’t be easier. Create a password, past text into the Unencrypted Text area, click the Encrypt button. Ipso facto and alakazam. Encrypted text.
The same developer has another app for the slightly paranoid. It’s called S.S.E. File Encryptor, and it, too, works on macOS, Windows 10, and Linux. This one, though, works on files and not just text. Drag and drop files or a folder of files to SSEFE, select a password, and you get an encrypted file.
ES (Rijndael) 256bit, RC6 256bit, Serpent 256-bit, Blowfish 448bit, Twofish 256-bit, GOST 256bit (and both Threefish 1024bit and SHACAL-2 512bit for Pro Version)
Encrypto uses highly secure 256-bit AES encryption. Drag any file or folder of files to Encrypto. Click the big Encrypt button. Add a passphrase to remember or share with others when you share encrypted files. Then share using the built-in Sharing button– Mail, AirDrop, Messages. Encrypted files from your Mac can be sent to Windows users, too. All they need is the passphrase to open the file.
Authorities may eventually crack on on encryption for iPhones and iPads, but there are too many ways to make files secure these days. The ship has sailed, the cat is out of the bag, the toothpaste won’t go back into the tube.
If you’re a bit paranoid about who has access to files you don’t want anyone to access, options abound.