This is the second article in the series on cyber security and what you can do to discourage “that guy”
When you send your files as email attachments they go flying through cyberspace available to anyone savvy enough to reach out and grab them. Even files you upload to your cloud provider are not safe. More on that in another article. Most of us are not sending top secret files but we do sometimes send info that if intercepted could cause us and/or our clients a lot of distress. Ever send your 1099 or w2 as an attachment? Have you ever sent sensitive client info to an underwriter? Insurance companies have very strict rules about how to send client information. They require client information to be encrypted during transit. If you use G Suite or Gmail your email is encrypted using TLS and sometimes S/MIME, I will go into more detail in another post. Gmail’s encryption still is not enough. There are numerous services that supply encryption for individual users. I will discuss the one I use, Whisply.
Just for the record I do not receive renumeration nor any other benefit for writing about this or any other product. I simply write about what I have researched and use. There are other encryption tools out there. Whisp.ly works best for me because I use Mac and Windows machines and because as a Boxcryptor user I am sold on their technology. I found Whisp.ly because it is authored by the same people who author Boxcryptor and I was looking for something without a monthly cost associated as I send very few sensitive attachments. I do send some sensitive files, and when I do I want them to be as safely sent as is possible in todays world. Because I am primarily a Mac user finding an encryption tool that works on my Mac and my Windows machines was also very important. Whisp.ly is an online tool so anyone with internet connection can signup and use it. Whisp.ly uses AES256 encryption using the new web cryptographic API and the latest web technology and security such as CSP, HSTS, and HPKP . For more information about Whisp.ly’s security, and what the acronmys mean, click here. when you encrypt a file using Whisp.ly it is only visible to you and the person you are sending it to while in transit. Per Whisp.ly it is not even visible to Whisp.ly Currently the file size limit is 1 GB. You can upload files you encrypt directly to Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive. It is not necessary for the recipient to be a subscriber to any cloud service to be able to access the file. Files can be protected further by using a password or pin to open the file. The document and the pin and/or password can be sent via email or SMS. Your default email will open with a preset message that you can modify to include pin or password. If you send via SMS (text) a QR code is generated. The receiving party will need a third party QR scanner to read the code. Whisp.ly prefers to send via Crome or FireFox, however you can send via safari or Edge. It cannot send via Chrome incognito. For more information visit www.Whisp.ly.com