Saturday, 13 August 2022

Silver Key: Encrypt files and folders for quick sharing

Silver Key is a totally free program that will allow us to encrypt files and folders easily and quickly, with the aim of sharing them without the need for the target user to install this same program on their computer. Thanks to this data encryption, we can safely send our most important information through email or any type of communication, whether it is secured or not, because the encrypted package is. Today in RedesZone we are going to talk in detail about the Silver Key program and why it is a highly recommended tool to share encrypted files quickly.

Main features

This program will allow us to create a data package with files and folders inside, this package can be sent over the Internet by non-secure methods, because the recipient will have to enter a private password to be able to decrypt all the files. One aspect that has caught our attention is that it allows self-extraction without having to install the program on the destination computer, only the user who creates the encrypted container to put files and folders will have to have this program installed, otherwise, it is not necessary to install Silver Key on each and every computer.



This program allows you to create an encrypted "plot" from the Windows contextual menu, or by directly using the program's own creation wizard, which is really intuitive. By clicking on «Create parcel and upload» we can create this encrypted container to later send it by email, upload it to Dropbox, Google Drive or anywhere. This program offers support for cloud storage services such as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and also Dropbox, in addition, we can use drag and drop to encrypt and load data in a transparent way. Silver Key is also available as an app for Android operating systems. Another interesting feature is the incorporation of a secure password manager, therefore, we can use it to keep all our keys under lock and key.

The data encryption used by this program is AES in its 256-bit key-length version, making use of the CryptoAPI encryption engine, in addition this encryption is the default one that the program will always use, to provide the best security by default. Another advanced aspect is that Silver Key has a command-line interface that can work as part of our script that automates certain actions, ideal for not requiring user intervention to encrypt and decrypt the information.

This Silver Key program is similar to Kryptel, but it is not the same, this program is specifically designed to share the encrypted containers with other people and facilitate the extraction of the files and folders contained within it. On the program's official website we will find a small comparison between the two software, Kryptel and Silver Key, where we can have the answer to the most common questions about their differences.



Once we have seen the main features of this program, we are going to download it, install it and test all its configuration options.

Download, installation and commissioning

The first thing we will have to do is download the Silver Key program from its official website, we will have trial versions and also completely free versions, both of the Kryptel program and of Silver Key. We are going to download the normal Silver Key Free Edition version, although we could also use the portable version that is indicated as Silver Key Free Edition USB.



Once we have downloaded it, we will have to run the installer that will guide us through the different configuration options of the installer. As in almost all installers for Windows, we will simply have to click on «Next» to correctly install this software that doesn't have any complications.



Once we have installed it correctly, we are going to run it and see all its possibilities.

How Silver Key works to encrypt files

The operation of the Silver Key program is very simple, we will have a configuration wizard to encrypt or encrypt new files and folders. We will also have other additional options, but they are for the paid versions of this program. Regarding the decryption options, we will have the possibility to decrypt the content of the container on our PC, analyze it to know if everything is inside the container or if a file is missing, and we can even verify the integrity of the container to know if we have received it correctly or not.



To create an encrypted container it is as simple as clicking on «Encrypt» and a new window will appear with a small configuration wizard, what we will have to do is select the files or folders to encrypt, and click on «Next» to continue with this setup wizard.

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