I make no apology for hammering on about security and protecting your online presence as your data is under attack from many directions, from scammers wanting to access your financial information and empty your bank account, online media wanting to track your activity and even government departments. However, I will keep this one short and simple by introducing Whisply, the new encrypted file transfer service from the people behind Boxcryptor.
There is no software to install and everything is handled via a browser. All you need is a Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive account – and that’s it.
Optional PIN or Password
To quote from the Whisply web site: “Whisply protects your files from being accessed by anybody because you are the only one with the keys to your file. The complete download link we generate is only visible for you (not for us, nor anybody else). This means the file you send is only available to you and the receiver of the link.
“The optional PIN or password adds an additional layer of security to ensure access protection to unlock the download for cases when the link falls in the wrong hands.
“Files are encrypted with AES-256 using the new Web Cryptographic API (WebCrypto) available in modern browsers. As Whisply is built using the latest and newest web technology and security including CSP, HSTS and HPKP, it is great for simple and easy every-day use. If you have ultra-high security requirements, we recommend using downloadable encryption software like Boxcryptor.”
Up to five files with a limit of 12mb can be sent via Whisply at the same time although if you are using Internet Explorer 10 or IOS 10.11 El Capitan on Safari you are bang out of luck because of technical restrictions. Nor does Whisply run on mobile devices although there is a chance it might work with your mobile browser but use at your own risk.
Once the file has been uploaded to the cloud storage of your choice it generates a secure URL which you can send via email, text or instant messaging to the recipient. It really is that simple.