A Bad Word

When it comes to encryption, it almost seems like a bad word. In the days of old, only businesses primarily used encryption to secure data for their customers. However, the unfortunate fact in today’s society is that we all need encryption.

So much of our information is in clear text and a hacker can easily grab passwords and user account information. We’ve heard too many times about the overwhelming amount of information that has been stolen from big corporations and information warehouses such as the Equifax data breach. Not only is sending and receiving information at risk, information that is at rest is also at risk.

Although a lot of big businesses and government municipalities may encrypt a website connection and possible financial information. Unfortunately, they may not use encryption on the data that is resting within their database. Some corporations/agencies may encrypt the user password only within their database and leave all other information flapping in the wind as a flag saying come get me.

Small businesses and individual users sometime feel that they’re not big enough to require any sort of encryption. However, that’s a major misnomer. We see it all the time via our emails that are geared toward stealing information from us. Have you ever received an email that pretended to be from the IRS? How about those interesting emails that just simply say that there from another country and have $7 million to send to you if you only send them your personal information. Information identity theft is on the rise and most people have not taken the recommended steps to secure their identity.

So what is encryption anyway?

Encryption software is the easiest way to secure your information. The short answer is that encryption is a very complicated process that converts text data or files into in unrecognized cipher that cannot be accessed without the proper credentials. It is merely a process of encoding a message that can only be read by the receiver. There are two types that are generally discussed which is symmetric algorithms and asymmetric algorithms also called public key infrastructure (PKI).

Symmetric algorithm most of us are pretty familiar with. It’s generally when we are using the same secret key on both ends; to encrypt and decrypt. The problem with this form of encryption was getting the secret key to our recipient. For this reason the Diffie-Hellman exchange was invented to create a shared key over a new non-secure connection.

However, PKI is a more secure and better form of encryption because it involves a public and private key. The public key as the name states, can be shared with anyone and even posted on your website or delivered via email. The private key on the other hand must remain just that; private. Your private key should be secured by a password and under lock and key. The biggest problem behind the PKI is key management. Most people who deal in encryption software usually try to find an encryption software package that manages keys very easily. Key management can get very cumbersome and out of control very easily. For individuals who have a lot of friends that use PKI this can be an extremely large headache. Corporations on the other hand would see this as a nightmare.

Is Encryption Software Difficult?

There are a lot of encryption software located on the Internet. Some are very difficult to manage having multiple parts to create one simple encrypted text. Others, may be open source which takes time to create patches for vulnerabilities.

In today’s fast growing information technology world, encryption software is a necessity and everyone should have their own encryption software. The only problem with a lot of them is there very difficult to manage and even more difficult to use. That’s where, NextGen Widget Encrypt comes in at.

NextGen Widget Encrypt is easy to use encryption software that was designed to make it simple for the average user to be able to encrypt and decrypt their data. There’s not a lot of moving parts, just one simple menu and most of the functions are used in a central area.

When you first start NextGen Widget Encrypt you’re introduced to a startup screen were you must enter a username and password before you begin. This immediately creates an encrypted key store which holds all of your public and private keys. Right after that, you simply generate or import your public and private key. From that point, you’re ready to start encrypting and decrypting data. That’s really how simple it is using NextGen Widget Encrypt by NextGen Widget Software.

So let’s get busy and make the world a more secure place by securing our emails, files and other data.

Published by JAMES STATOM