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Lawyers sometimes need a more secure option for their e-mail. Some use Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) to encrypt and decrypt their secure messages and attachments. Unfortunately, PGP requires both the sender and recipient to have special software. For a one—off message, that can be extremely inconvenient. That’s where new web service, Lockify, comes in. The service allows you to send a secure e-mail message to any recipient that has internet access. Read more to find out how to get an invite to the private beta.
Lockify is Easy to Use and Secure
Once you sign up for Lockify, sending a message is incredibly easy. You enter the text and set whichever options you’d like. If you want, you can have your secure message delete automatically after a certain number of days. It’s very Mission Impossible—esque. There are also a number of ways to ensure your message reaches the proper recipient. Lockify can send a text message to a number or use a question and answer system.
But how does Lockify’s security system work? The site explains:
Your private information never leaves your computer unencrypted. And only your encrypted information goes to our server. The decryption key is embedded into the link that you share with your recipient, i.e. we don’t have your key. The result? We never have the ability to access your private information. Guaranteed.
If you get an invite to the private beta, the site explains their patent-pending process and how it all works in nerdy tech terms.
Anyone Can Receive a Message
After setting the security options, you can send your secure message. The recipient will receive an e-mail and have to verify the information. For a test e-mail I gave Sam’s business line. Lockify called him to give him a one-time passcode.
After the call came through, Sam just put in the password and the message showed up.
Current Limitations and Future Plans
Right now, Lockify only supports text messages without attachments. To me, this is a huge downside. Any time I want to send something securely, it would include an attachment. I probably wouldn’t take the time to use this site if I was just sending text. However, Lockify assures us that the support for attachments is coming this summer. Once those are up and running, this will be a nice service for those occasional secured messages that need to be sent.
I took some time to speak personally with one of the creators of Lockify. He assured me that attachment support is just the tip of the iceberg with where Lockify is heading. They have mobile applications in the works which will allow lawyers (or other users, but we’re not concerned about them) to send secure messages right from their mobile device. The company also plans to release its API to allow others to build off their encryption platform.
Grab an Invite
Right now Lockify is in closed beta. But we have invites. The first 20 people who e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your first name and e-mail address in the body of the message will receive an invite. Good luck!