How to Encrypt Messages Using Digital Media
There are few things more fun for intellectuals than cracking codes!
Whether you’re looking for a fun way to stretch your mind with rewarding, homemade, technological puzzles or you’re looking for a much more practical use of encryption (such as protecting classified data), digital media software can be an invaluable tool.
This guide will walk you through one of the most effective methods of using digital media software to create encrypted messages.
What is Data Encryption?
“Data encryption” is the phrase used to refer to the act of translating data into nonsensical, useless information that cannot be read by any other device. This makes it impossible for the information to be stolen, used if already stolen, or accessed by unauthorized viewers.
Needless to say, the security implications and grandiose and wonderful! Only those people to whom you give the cipher (i.e., the decryption code) can read it. That is, unless the would-be hackers have a significant knowledge of forensic decryption, in which case there’s no point in even trying to hide the data.
Using Digital Media to Encrypt Secret Messages
Digital media software isn’t just for use in watching movies or sending pictures to your friends. This software, when in the right hands, is capable of many more much more complicated functions.
Step 1: Find the Right Software
The first thing you’ll need to do is download the proper digital media software. One example of functional software for the purpose of encrypting text is Evernote, which is used by plenty of remote businesses across the globe.
Once you’ve found the best software for your purposes, download and install it. If you’ve managed to do this, then you’re already done with the task. Simply follow the prompts in your software to continue.
If, however, you are looking for something a little more unique, move on to step two.
Step 2: Use a Text-Based Program
Not all computer technology is high-tech and perfect. Sometimes, you just need a simple text program to do the trick.
Simply write what you want the message to say in the document. Then create a cipher. Your message might say, “Thursday,” but might read “To290#$aa!!dy4” or something similar.
By having a handwritten cipher somewhere nearby, you and anybody else with access to the cipher can decrypt the message; however, anybody else will have to spend hours, days, or even weeks trying to crack your code. One common encryption system that beginners use is to label each letter of the alphabet with a number.
Of course, this method is almost always cracked within seconds because almost everybody is already familiar with it, so more important documents should rely on more unique encryptions.
Encryption is the modern technologist’s best friend in the day and age of hackers. Without some form of data encryption, all of our information would be out there for the taking and any opportunistic hacker could use it for any of a million less-than-noble-purposes.
The best way to encrypt messages is through the use of encryption software, but when that’s not available, just start crafting your own cipher.