By pasting text into a website form and entering a password, users can encrypt and decrypt messages using strong encryption, wherever they are without installing any software or paying any fees

05 June 2006 - Steganos, European leader in security and privacy software for consumers and SMEs, has launched a free online tool for encrypting and decrypting data using the highly secure 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard. The launch of Steganos FreeCrypt marks Steganos’s tenth birthday.

Users visit where there is a form into which they can type or paste text. They enter a password and click the button and their text is quickly encrypted and displayed in another form field. From there, it can be copied for pasting into an email, instant message, Word document or any other file or text communication medium. Recipients decode the text by visiting the same website, pasting in the encrypted text, entering the password and selecting ‘decrypt’ before clicking the start button.

The software uses 256-bit AES encryption, which is considered by the US government to be suitable protection for information classified as ‘Top Secret’. The algorithm has never been cracked.

“With Steganos FreeCrypt, we’re making it as easy as possible to protect data and communications,” said Katja Pryss, director of marketing at Steganos. “Users don’t need to install any software and can access advanced encryption technology wherever there is an internet connection. Everybody has a right to privacy. By making this tool freely available, Steganos is making it attainable for everybody as well. As we’re celebrating our tenth jubilee, we think of it as a birthday gift from us to the internet community.”

This launch follows January’s launch of Steganos LockNote, the company’s first freeware program which encrypts notes on the PC. Steganos LockNote looks like a normal text editor and works in the same way, with the small difference that it can only be opened using the correct password. Data entered into Steganos LockNote is automatically encrypted when the application is closed. Steganos LockNote is available to download at

About Steganos

Founded in 1996 in Germany, Steganos offers a complete portfolio of user-friendly security and privacy products, including encryption/steganography, antivirus protection, personal firewall and internet anonymity software. Steganos has more than two million users throughout Europe, North America and Latin America. The company markets and sells its products through its website and through its growing network of global resellers, retailers and electronic software distributors. Steganos is a privately held company.

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Published on: 12:00AM on 5th June 2006