Take file encryption, for example. Encryption has become all the rage, even for Mac users, because security is now a major issue.
If you send files to people through an online service or via email or iChat or Dropbox, then you may need a way to encrypt those files. An easy way. An easy way with a price tag.
DropKey might be the simplest way to encrypt files that you plan to send to others. As the name implies, DropKey works via drag and drop. Grab a file and drop it on DropKey and it encrypts the file.
Then you can send it along to whomever and however and rest assured that if the file falls into the wrong hands, the encryption will prevent those prying eyes from prying very far.
DropKey lives in the Mac’s Menubar (is it just me, or does it seem to, too, that every other new Mac app is also a Menubar app?).
Drop a file onto the pop down window, select the recipients or destination, and click Encrypt and Send.
You won’t need a password to unencrypt a file. A public key method is used instead. Create and send a public key to your intended recipient and only they can open the encrypted file.
It even sends the key in a standard vcard file so they can add it to their Address Book.
DropKey is attractive, elegant, and not quite free. You pay for all that security and simplicity.
A similar level of security is already built in to your Mac. Open up Disk Utility, create a disk image, drop in whatever files or folders you want to send or upload, encrypt the whole package and give it a password.
Yes, that’s more steps, more complicated and not as simple. But it’s free. Simplicity comes with a price tag.