FAQ

File Encryption Frequently Asked Questions

Before using the free file encryption service we offer at this website to encrypt and decrypt files please read the frequently asked questions

Is the file encryption service free

The online file encryption service we offer at this website to encrypt and decrypt files is a completely free to use service. This service will remain free in the future and we have no plans to charge a fee to use this online service.

What is encryption

Encryption is the the translation of data into a secret code. Encryption is one of the most effective ways to achieve data security for the data included within a specific file which you can securely share online. To read an encrypted file, you must have access to a secret key or password that enables you to decrypt the encrypted data included in the file.

 

Is the encryption service secure

We tired to ensure the free online file encyption service we offer is as secure as possible within the technical parameters available to us.

  1. All files to be encrypted or de encrypted at this website is transmitted over https Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure.
  2. Files uploaded to this website are stored on the website for a temporary basis for no longer than 15 minutes during the encryption process. After which point the files will be automatically deleted.
  3. We or anyone else has access to the secure encryption key generated at this website to access the file or files you have encrypted at this website. Only the person who originally uploaded the file to this website has access to the encryption key.
  4. A secure sha256 hash string included with all encrypted files
  5. We use secure technology with secure encryption ciphers to ensure maximum security

Please read the terms of service before using this free file encryption service. https://site.fileencryption.online/terms-of-use/

How to Encrypt a file

To encrypt a file complete the following steps

Step 1 : Select The Encrypt Option 

The first step is to visit https://fileencryption.online and to select the Encrypt option to start encrypting one or more files

Step 2 : Select Express Encryption 

The next option is to select the express encryption option which is suitable for most users who want to encrypt files using secure and strong encryption

  1. You can drag and drop the file into the express encryption area
  2. Or You can select the Express encryption text to choose a file to upload to the website

Step 3 : Download File & Save Encryption Key

once you have uploaded your file to the website it will automatically apply the encryption security to the file and make the encrypted file available for you to download. The encryption key will also be displayed. Download the file and save the copy and paste the encryption key some where safe.

Step 4 Share The .CRY Encrypted File

You can now share the encrypted file with a friend or a business colleague.

When you share the .CRY file you need to provide the person with the encryption key and link to this website https://fileencryption.online/?p=fdec  so they can upload the encrypted file to download the original file from this website

How to decrypt a file

To decrypt a file you have received from someone complete the following steps

Step 1 : Select the Decrypt option

Visit https://fileencryption.online/ and select the Decrypt icon from the the home page

Step 2 : Drag and drop the encrypted file onto the website

The next step is to drag and drop onto the text “Drag your encrypted file here”

Step 3 Enter the decryption key

Once you have dragged the encrypted file into the website window and the cloud has turned green and the encryption file name is displayed you need enter the decryption key

Step 4 The original file is ready to download

The original file has now been decrypted and is ready for you to download at the website

Advanced File Encryption

To use the advanced file encryption option we have available at the website complete the following steps

Note : The advanced file encryption service is for people who what they are doing and have experience of encrypting files.

Step 1 : Select The Encrypt Option 

The first step is to visit https://fileencryption.online and to select the Encrypt option to start encrypting one or more files

Step 2 : Select Encryption For Pros 

The next option is to select the encryption for pros option which is suitable people who want to use the advanced encryption file features we offer at the website.

  1. You can drag and drop the file into the express encryption area
  2. Or You can select the encryption for pros text to choose a file to upload to the website

Step 3 : Advanced Encryption Features

You will now see the more advanced features the service offers which provides you with a lot more control over how the you encrypt the file.

Advanced Features include 

  1. Encryption cipher options
  2. Encryption mode
  3. Pass phrase

Step 4 Share The Encrypted File

You can now share the encrypted file with a friend or a business colleague.

When you share the file you need to provide the person with the encryption key and link to this website https://fileencryption.online/?p=fdec  so they can upload the encrypted file to download the original file from this website

Analyse An Encryped File

To analyse an encrypted file complete the following steps.

Please note the file you upload must have a .CRY or relevant file type extension for the system to analyse the file

Step 1 : Select The Analyse Option 

The first step is to visit https://fileencryption.online/ and select the Analyse option from the home page

Step 2 : Upload Encrypted File

The next step is to upload the encrypted file to the website. You can do this by selecting the “drag your encrypted file here” text which will open a window for you browse for the file on your device or you can drag and drop the file into the window.

Step 3 : Encrypted data is displayed

Once you have uploaded the encrypted file the contents of the file will be displayed at the website.

  1. File name
  2. File type
  3. File size
  4. Date the file was encrypted
  5. MIME type
  6. SHA512 information

Please note the contents of the encrypted file can not be accessed with the encryption key

How many Files can i encrypt

You can upload one file or you can upload multiple files at once to be encypted at the website.

The number of files you can upload at a given time is 5. The total file size for the number of files you upload to this website must not exceed 2 MB or 2000 KB.

There is no limit on the number of times you can use this free online encryption service to encrypt and decrypt individual files.

Important : Always remember to make a note of encryption key generated at this website for each file or files you encrypt. Without the encryption key you will not be able to decrypt the file.

File upload size

You can upload a file or files with a total size of 2 MB or 2000 kilobytes

Files larger than 2 MB will be rejected at this service.

Do you host or store files

All files uploaded to this website are stored at this website for a temporary basis.

Encrypted or unencrypted versions of the files you upload to this website are stored at this website for a specific amount of time which is clearly stated at the website.

The time the files are stored at this website vary from between 10 -15 minutes.

During this time frame you will be required to download the encrypted file which is temporally stored at this website.

Once you have completed the file encryption or decryption process the file will be automatically deleted from this website with the specific timescale.

 

What support do you offer

The file encryption service we offer at this website is a free service as in free beer!

We do not offer support for the service provided at this website.  If you have lost your encryption key to decrypt a file we do not have access to the encryption keys generated at this website. Only the person who encrypted the original file at this website has access to the encryption key.

 

I have lost the encryption key

When you encrypt or decrypt a file using the online file encryption service we offer at this website an encryption key will be generated at this website that will be required to access the encrypted file.

You must make a note of the encryption key when you encrypt a file.

If you loose or forget the encryption key you will not be able to access the encrypted file.

We do not have access to the encryption key generated at this website. Do not contact us requesting access to the encryption key as we will not be able to access or recover the key.

Encryption Terms

The following encryption terms may help you understand the technology and terminology associated with encryption/

Plaintext 

A message or data, such as a file, that is in a human readable form or in form that any program can read without requiring decryption of that file. It could be a simple text document written on a notepad, word document, word pad document or any textual file document. Such a file can be read by anyone without decrypting. Those unsecured typed of data are called plaintext.
Ciphertext – An opposite of plaintext. It is an encrypted message or data, scrambled into unreadable form.

Encryption

A process where you scramble a message, or any other kind of information so it can not be read by anyone who does not have the right key for decrypting it.

Decryption

An opposite of encryption, converting (unscrambling) files or documents from an encrypted form (ciphertext) to an unencrypted form (plaintext).

Cryptography

Science of hiding information, or developing encryption methods, systems and technologies.

Cryptanalysis 

Study of breaking encryption methods or systems, breaking or cracking the codes and trying to break the encrypted message back into it readable form.

Algorithm

A mathematical formula, or method used to scramble the bits of a message (the binary data, 1’s and 0’s) from its original form into ciphertext (encrypted data).

Key

Secret piece of information, such as password, identification number, digital certificate etc used in conjunction with algorithm to encrypt data or file. To encrypt a file you need an algorithm and a key, to decrypt a data you also need an algorithm and a key. The key may, or may not be the same for file encryption.

Symmetric key encryption

A method where there is only one single key, shared between two parties that want to exchange encrypted files.

Asymmetric key encryption

A method where there are two keys used to encrypt and decrypt messages or files.