Tag Archives: security

Encrypted text files

Steganos Locknote

(currently the download link on the Locknote website is labelled “overview”)

To prevent storing sensitive or confidential information in text or word processor files, there is a FREE utility called Locknote (for Windows only), which is basically a Notepadreplacement which encrypts the data along with the program, all in the same single file and is protected by a password of your choosing.  You can take this file to any other Windows computer and open it again from there – with the password.  Don’t lose your password – the encryption method (AES-256) is currently unbreakable.

Encrypted Notepad

For non-Windows users, there is a FREE cross-platform alternative called Encrypted Notepad which behaves in exactly the same way as Locknote, but will work on different operating systems (eg. Mac/Linux and possibly even some mobile phones!).  The FAQ section of the website is amusing and worth a read.  It uses a weaker encryption method than Locknote (AES-128) but that is still currently unbreakable.  However, it also requires Java in order to run, which in itself is a security concern due to the number of Java exploits which have been discovered – even in recent versions.

Browser Password Security

Lastpass

Passwords remembered by browsers are insecure and can be read by anybody with access to the computer on which they’re stored.  Additionally, most people use more than one computer and more than one browser, so a secure method of being able to remember and share passwords is advantageous.  There are many FREE utilities which can do this, one of which is Lastpass.  Lastpass is clever in that it encrypts your password store before it’s uploaded to your online account, which you can also access directly via any web browser.

The premium version (approx. £8 per year) allows you to install the mobile app on smartphones.