One of the best things about Consol is that you can secure your data with an encryption password, which is different from your account login password. This means that even if your account is compromised, your encrypted data is still safe from prying eyes and won’t be readable.
A convenient and secure aspect of Consol’s encryption feature is that it automatically re-locks your data when you refresh a page or leave it, so that you don’t have to worry about remembering to manually do so yourself.
“But what exactly is encryption?” You may be wondering. Great question! Today, that’s what we’ll be discussing.
End-To-End Encryption (E2EE) Explained
You may be wondering how end-to-end encryption works, especially given that Consol is a web-based productivity tool. Wonder no more!
Once you establish a secure network connection, Consol uses your browser (whether it’s Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc.) to encrypt your data before it’s sent to the database. The same goes for decrypting your work, of course, and your data, once sent to the database, remains encrypted until you manually decrypt it.
One thing to note is that your encryption password is not stored on Consol servers. This means that if you forget your encryption password, any encrypted data will forever remain unreadable, as Consol cannot help you recover your encryption password. Should you forget your password, though, you can create a new one, but at that moment, all content encrypted with your old forgotten password will be forever lost.
“If Consol doesn’t store my encryption password, how is it that I can decrypt my data on any device?” This is another great question!
When you create a Note or upload a file (and encrypt it), a random password is generated for each file. This file is encoded using what’s called “Advanced Encryption Standard” (AES) via the client’s system (your browser/phone/computer). Once the file is encoded, it is only then sent to Consol’s servers. The encryption password is encoded and associated with your account password and uploaded with the file. So, that being said, all the work is being done on your system; on your end, not Consol’s end.
Let’s take a look at how to encrypt a file
As you can see, this sample note can be encrypted simply by clicking on the “Crypto” option. Once you do that, the next time you refresh the page and click on the note, you’ll be prompted to unlock your file with your encryption-specific password.
So, what does this all mean? It means that no matter what situation you’re in, your encrypted file cannot be accessed. Consol doesn’t know what files you’re storing and respects your privacy.
This is a relevant, sensitive and important topic in today’s society and given that many products and services pursue some sort of advertising based on the data you create, we believe that your data should remain yours and that no one should have access to it. Not even us, as we don’t use your data to show relevant ads. When it comes to working with Consol, your productivity powerhouse is secure in more ways than one!
You can pre-encrypt your work by clicking on the crypto icon to the right of the content creation bar. Refer to the image below as an example.
Finally, you’ll see the crypto icon turn green once your item is pre-encrypted.
So, what are you waiting for?! If you haven’t already done so, register for an account and try out the encryption feature and see for yourself how useful Consol can be to you!