DropKey Is The Fastest, Easiest, Worst Way To Encrypt Important Files On A Mac

DropKeyMost Mac users don’t have much need for a security app that encrypts files. After all, in OS X, you can encrypt the Mac’s entire storage, apps and all.

Still, for many Mac users with sensitive, important, or secret files or documents, a little encryption goes a long way. Encryption apps on the Mac are made to be easy to use, but difficult to break into the files or folders they encrypt.

After using a dozen or so encryption apps, none are easier to use than DropKey. Drag a file onto DropKey, it encrypts the file and makes it easier to send to anyone via email.


What’s not to like about that kind of drag and drop simplicity? Drop a file onto DropKey and it’s encrypted. Save it, send it via email with a click, upload the file online. Share your public key for others to access the file.


DropKey uses 256-bit encryption and a public key which you control. It’s integrated with Contacts or Address Book on the Mac, handles multiple files (placed in a single archive file).

Because DropKey sits in the Mac’s Menubar, it’s merely a click away, and basic encryption is just a drag and drop effort.

Here’s the problem. 90-percent of the world’s PC users run Windows. DropKey is Mac only. Public keys work well, but they’re far more convoluted for the average user who expects a simple password to open a secured or encrypted file.

I love the drag and drop. Nothing is easier. But DropKey is less stable and more convoluted than it should be.