Text Shredder

Text Shredder – Personal Encryption Tool

Text Shredder is Open Source and released under the Gnu Public License Version 3.0. The source code is available at Codeplex.

Text Shredder is a utility that simplifies encryption and decryption of plain text data. Plain text data is encrypted and can then be easily copied to the clipboard or saved as a text file. This text file can then be sent via your normal instant chat/messenger programs or email. Text Shredder is released as Open Source under the GPL v3.0 License.

Text Shredder - Personal Encryption Tool

Text Shredder – Personal Encryption Tool

Text Shredder - Personal Encryption Tool

Text Shredder – Personal Encryption Tool

The Text Shredder Manual is Available Here.

Text Shredder allows you to set up to 2 passwords (the 2nd password is optional). These passwords are then used to create a strong encryption key which is used to encrypt your text using the industry standard FIPS Certified AES algorithm (Advanced Security Standard).

Why Text Shredder

Sometimes you need to send secret messages to another person(s) but you are worried about security. You may be on a network where you don’t have any control over security settings like a corporate network, or a public wifi network. You may not trust sending sensitive data over your work email, or your web mail. Even though these systems may be encrypted, someone else has control over the keys so could potentially read your messages.

Another reason to use Text Shredder is that you may not have administrative rights on the machine you need to send messages from. Tools like GPG4Win require admin rights on the machine to run the installer. Text Shredder is truly portable, you do not need to  run an installer file and you do not need administrative privileges to run the tool. Tools like GPG4Win, whilst they are very good they can be quite tricky to set-up for people who are not experienced in dealing with security certificates etc. Text Shredder is designed to be very easy to use by just about anyone, even with only very basic computing skills.

Basic usage process with Text Shredder

Basic usage process with Text Shredder

Text Shredder is a simple utility that allows you to encrypt text using industry standard FIPS Certified AES Encryption algorithms. You can then paste this encrypted text or text file into you email or chat messages. This essentially gives you another layer of message based security on top of what is already provided.

Text Shredder - Personal Encryption Tool

Text Shredder – Personal Encryption Tool

The recipient of your message then loads up Text Shredder, types in the same password(s) (you need to agree these before hand), and then they can decrypt and read the message. Text Shredder is designed to be very easy to use and portable (no installer required). You can just carry the binaries for Text Shredder with you on a USB stick, or easily download it from a private server.

Text Shredder is useful if you need to :

    • Send a message over an un-encrypted network.
    • Send a message over an encrypted network that you don’t trust.
    • Send a message via email / web-mail and you are worried about who could potentially read you messages.
    • Send a message via instant messenger / chat.
    • You need to get confidential information into or out of a company without anyone being able to read it.

Features

Text Shredder - Personal Encryption Tool

Text Shredder – Personal Encryption Tool

Text Shredder has the following features:

    • Encrypt plain text using password-based encryption.
    • Decrypt text using password-based encryption.
    • Encrypt / Decrypt using the following algorithms, BCrypt, AES 256, Rfc2989 Password-based Key Derivation Function.
    • Application themes with low contrast last and dark colours to make it harder for people looking over your should to read text on your screen.
    • Password entry box that allows up to 2 passwords to be entered.
    • Password entry box also has an on screen keyboard to help mitigate key loggers.
    • Load plain text files into the application.
    • Save encrypted cipher text to a file.
Text Shredder - Personal Encryption Tool

Text Shredder – Personal Encryption Tool

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