Friday, 4 April 2008

ENKript! Uploaded

I’ve just uploaded my Text Encryption / Decryption tool, ENKript!. It can be downloaded here.

ENKript! is a simple tool that allows you to input text and then encrypt it using industry strength (AES) encryption. You select you own key, a 4 to 16 character code, which is used to both encrypt and decrypt the text. The encryption key should be agreed in advance by you and the intended recipient. Once the text is encrypted you can select the email option and the encrypted text will be sent to your recipient.

Note: A 16 Character Key is recommended if you are serious about keeping the contents of your document private.

When the recipient receives the encrypted text then they can decode using the key you both agreed upon earlier. Either ENKript! can be used to decrypt the text or alternatively visiting my website - and selecting the ‘Online Utilities / ENKript!’ menu option will give you a page that can be used to decrypt the received text.

As email can generally be thought of as the digital equivalent of sending a postcard, ie: the contents are open and easily visible, a tool like ENKript! makes sense. Ideally you would agree in advance a different key for each of your associates (or group of associates) that you wish to communicate with in confidence.

Suggested use would be situations like mergers and acquisitions within the corporate environment, board level communication, the recipe for grandmas apple pie, in fact anything that you do not particularly wish to be visible to the outside world. In a corporate environment particularly, nothing is ever hidden from the guys in the IT Department - unless you ENKript! it

ENKript also works as a command line program and can take input from a parameter file, this enables automated / batched jobs to be setup - maybe to take a text file from a secure location, encrypt it and then have it distributed as necessary. Decryption can also be automated from the command line.

ENKript! is written in .NET 2.0 and runs on the Windows platform only.

"The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!'" - John F Kennedy

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