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NordVPN launches encryption tool, password manager to come

14 Nov 2019

VPN service provider NordVPN has announced the launch of its latest cybersecurity product — NordLocker.

The new digital tool secures all types of files stored on a computer or in the cloud with end-to-end encryption.

“Our mission is to combine the best usability practices with the highest encryption standards. NordLocker is not cloud storage. We believe it’s better. Think of it as middleware that adds a security layer to your data,” says NordVPN communications head Ruby Gonzalez.

“NordLocker never stores your files anywhere. Instead, it lets you maintain the flexibility of keeping them wherever you’re used to securely,”

NordLocker is suitable for both personal use and handling work-related data.

If someone gets access to a computer or other storage without permission, users don’t want their private files, such as photos, videos, music, notes, etc. to be peeked at or stolen.

With NordLocker, what others see on a computer is secure, folder-like “lockers,” which hold encrypted files and can only be accessed with a user’s master password.

The tool is handy for protecting users’ most sensitive data, including finances, IDs, and work files.

On the other hand, NordLocker is great for companies that store financial, legal, or medical records of their clients or deal with any other confidential information.

In case of a breach, the encrypted data remains safe and private.

NordLocker’s cryptosystem uses advanced ciphers and principles, featuring Argon2, AES256, ECC (with XChaCha20, EdDSA, and Poly1305), and other creations of modern cryptography.

Military-grade encryption secures files kept both on your computer and in cloud hosting services, such as Dropbox.

NordLocker features zero-knowledge privacy.

"Your data is not our business. Our encryption system is designed in such a way that we can’t see your file content under any circumstances," says Gonzalez.

Running on both Windows and macOS, NordLocker supports documents of any type and size. To encrypt files, simply drag and drop them into your locker folder or use the “plus” button within the locker.

Once the files are in the locker, they can only be accessed and decrypted with a master password.

Data is safe from hacking, snooping, and unauthorized access of any kind.

The easy-to-use app offers a safe way to share files with others confidentially.

Just encrypt them first and then send them via email, messaging apps, file transfer services, upload them to the cloud, or use any other way.

The data stays protected and impossible to crack until users give someone access to it.

If the people you want to share a user’s files with don’t have NordLocker, they can download it, sign up, and access your files for free. 

Main features of NordLocker:

  • One-click encryption
  • Master password protection
  • Confidential cross-platform sharing
  • Supports files of any type and size
  • Encrypts files stored on a computer and in the cloud
  • Accessible on multiple devices
  • Runs on macOS and Windows
  • Powerful cryptosystem (AES256, ECC, Argon2)
  • Zero-knowledge architecture

“Nearly all files contain bits of sensitive information. You wouldn’t want yours end up in the wrong hands and get them exploited in malicious ways. And that makes your files worth protecting,” says Gonzalez.

A free version of NordLocker is available which gives users 5GB of encrypted data.

Premium users can encrypt unlimited amounts of data.

According to Ruby Gonzalez, with the introduction of the file encryption tool, the company strives to provide an all-around cybersecurity solution.

Following the launch of NordLocker and a business VPN solution NordVPN Teams, another new product — a password manager NordPass — is coming live soon.

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