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Privacy isn’t dead: you just need to be smart about it. The right tools go a long way.

Encryption is the best way to secure your data, but sending an encrypted file to a friend and having them open it can be complicated. That’s why a number of apps and websites are trying to make things easier for you, so you can keep your information private (without a degree in computer science).

Telegram, a secure messaging service Telegram Provides A Secure & Fast-Growing Alternative To WhatsApp Telegram Provides A Secure & Fast-Growing Alternative To WhatsApp Read More , has been making headlines for just this reason – but it’s not the only easy-to-use encrypted app out there.

Today Cool Websites and Apps brings you five tools that let you encrypt photos, instant messages, your journal, emails, and even your Google Docs. Let’s get started!

Glitchi (iOS): Encrypted Photo Sharing

It’s tragic, but data breaches can turn private photos into public ones How A "Minor" Data Breach Made Headline News & Ruined Reputations How A "Minor" Data Breach Made Headline News & Ruined Reputations Read More , which can lead to devastating invasions (including revenge porn What Is Revenge Porn, And Are You At Risk From It? What Is Revenge Porn, And Are You At Risk From It? Read More ).

Glitchi lets you encrypt photos and send them to anyone. Encryption happens in such a way that no one – not even Glitchi themselves – can access the photos without your permissions, and TouchID means only the intended recipient can “unglitch” the photo.

Surprisingly, all this comes with a pretty nice user interface. If you’d like to send photos in a way that’s secure, give Glitchi a shot.

Download: Glitchi for iOS (Free)

Cyph.im: Encrypted, Browser-Based Chat

We’ve looked at encrypted alternatives to WhatsApp Forget WhatsApp: 6 Secure Communication Apps You've Probably Never Heard Of Forget WhatsApp: 6 Secure Communication Apps You've Probably Never Heard Of The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a lobby group dedicated to "defending civil liberties in the digital world". They maintain the Secure Messaging Scorecard, which makes for worrying reading for fans of instant messaging. Read More before, but Cyph.im stands out with its simplify. Simply load the website, send the link it gives you to a friend, and you’re started.

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Messages are encrypted, and each chat room lasts only 10 minutes. At that point the chat room will close, and all information will be deleted, meaning this isn’t a great tool for ongoing conversations. But video and audio options mean that if you want to have a quick, confidential conversation, Cyph.im is worth knowing about.

Jumble (Chrome, iOS): Encrypt Your Gmail Messages

Email isn’t secure: your messages could be hacked or accessed in any number of ways. We’ve shown you how to encrypt files before emailing them The 5 Best Ways To Easily & Quickly Encrypt Files Before Emailing Them [Windows] The 5 Best Ways To Easily & Quickly Encrypt Files Before Emailing Them [Windows] Earlier this year, I was faced with a situation where I had a writer working for me overseas in China, where we were both certain that all of our email communications were being monitored. I... Read More , but what about the text in the email itself?

Jumble is a Chrome extension, and an iOS app, that can encrypt email messages.

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Encryption being a two-way process, your contacts will have to use Jumble to decrypt your emails. Instructions for doing so are sent with the email, and don’t necessarily require installing Jumble, which hopefully will simplify the process.

Download: Jumble for iOS (Free)

DocSecrets: Encrypt Parts of Google Drive Documents

Just because you store your documents in the cloud doesn’t mean they have to be insecure. If you’ve got a bit of sensitive information in a document, DocSecrets lets you encrypt it. Just choose a passcode, then insert the information you’d like to protect.

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You can install DocSecrets using the “Add-ons” menu in Google Drive. It’s simple enough to use once you do.

BitJournal: Encrypted, Online Journal For Your Private Thoughts

Keeping a daily journal How To Keep Writing Daily Journal Or Diary Entries For A Year How To Keep Writing Daily Journal Or Diary Entries For A Year The start of a new year is a great time to begin keeping a journal or diary, but the challenge lies in keeping up your new daily journal writing habit. Read More is a great way to sort your thoughts and improve yourself, but truly private thoughts need to be leak-proof. You might have trusted a cheap lock in your childhood, but in 2015 encryption is a better bet.

Which brings us to BitJournal.

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Currently in an open beta, this service allows you to keep an encrypted journal on the web. This means you can access your journal anywhere, but other people – including those who run BitJournal – cannot. Only you have the cipher key, and your encrypted journal is encrypted again on the server side.

If you want to keep a journal, and keep it private, this is worth checking out.

What Other Encryption Tools Should We Check Out?

Cool Websites and App tries to focus on new tools that MakeUseOf is yet to cover, which means some things we’ve already covered – like encrypted Dropbox alternatives Secure Your Files: 3 Encrypted Dropbox Alternatives Secure Your Files: 3 Encrypted Dropbox Alternatives Dropbox brought cloud-based file synchronization and storage to the masses, but it's been hindered by high-profile security problems. Fortunately, you have another option — an alternative service that secures your files with local encryption and... Read More – might not be outlined.

Still, I’d love to know what your favourite tools for encrypting and sharing information are. Let us know, okay? I’m looking forward to hearing from you, and maybe rounding up your suggestions for the next edition.

  1. Justin
    May 11, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    you can check this p2p im tool bitchat.im to message and send files using encryption

  2. ReadandShare
    April 27, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Ideally, I would want encryption and storage to be provided by different companies -- not the same company providing both and then "assuring" me that they have no access to my files.

    Currently, I encrypt all private files using Axcrypt. It's the easiest and most straightforward desktop encryption app I know. And I feel comfortable storing my encrypted files up in the cloud.

    My one wish is for Axantum/Axcrypt to provide an Android app!

    • Justin Pot
      April 27, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      It's a really hard thing to work out the balance of, because ease of use and complete control over encryption are almost mutually exclusive at this point. But I'm really glad you found something that works for you.

  3. Alex
    April 27, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I wish to know how secure is the app confide for IOS and Android. Anyone knows?

    • Justin Pot
      April 27, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      I'm not terribly familiar with this one, sorry, but the reviews look good. Maybe someone with more experience can stop by and fill us in...

  4. Kumaran
    April 27, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Box.com provides encrypted sharing

    • Justin Pot
      April 27, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks for pointing this out, how does decryption work?

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