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Hands-on: miniLock's powerful file encryption is dead simple to use

Ian Paul | Aug. 5, 2014
The creator of Cryptocat, Nadim Kobeissi, is back with another easy-to-use encryption tool. This time it's a Chrome app that aims to make it easy to create and share single encrypted files with others. Called miniLock, the app is freely available on the Chrome Web Store.


Decrypting a file is even easier than encrypting one. Just receive your miniLock-encrypted file via email (or whatever), download it somewhere to your PC, and drop it into the miniLock window. As long as you are signed in to miniLock and the file is encrypted with your miniLock ID, the file will be automatically decrypted. Then you can save it to your PC the same way you did with the encrypted file.

That's about all there is to miniLock. The only drawback that some people might find is that you have to sign-in every time you open the app. MiniLock does not save your login across user sessions.

That was likely a conscious choice to protect user privacy so that an attacker with physical access to your machine couldn't view your decrypted files. Nevertheless, constant logins may be a drawback for some.

Overall, miniLock is incredibly easy to use and the work flow should really be a template for how to make encryption tools for the average user. As for the quality of the encryption itself, we'll offer no judgment on that here — but I'm certain others will address that topic soon.


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