Note: This is the 2nd of a 3 part series on encrypting files with AESCrypt on a Macintosh computer. There is also a Windows series.
- Walk you through the how-to of using AESCrypt on your Macintosh computer to encrypt confidential data in multiple formats, such as MS Word or MS Excel.
Step 2: AESCrypt encrypts your file and then you can copy it to a USB flash drive (gasp) or email it without fear someone will be able to decrypt it (unless you used a simple, easy to guess password…use a secure password generator and never email the password to the other person since that’s like writing it on a postcard; call them instead).
Note that this encrypted file can be decrypted on Windows, Mac or Linux computers provided the other person has AESCrypt installed and knows the password.
This makes AESCrypt the perfect encryption tool for school administrators who need to email confidential data via GoogleApps for Education.
Practice OpportunityChoose a file you’ve saved from GoogleDocs or a Microsoft Excel file on your computer. Don’t worry, your original file will not be harmed.
a) Securely Emptying Your Trash
To securely remove confidential files that may have been moved to the Trash but still reside in “ghost” format on your computer’s hard drive, make sure to take advantage of the SECURE EMPTY TRASH feature on your Mac computer.