As the IoT and IIoT industry continues to try and keep up with the expanding cybersecurity threat landscape NordVPN, a virtual private network service provider offering an algorithm that currently allows millions of end-users to automatically connect to the fastest server (with 5,000 servers in 60 countries worldwide) today announced a new edge solution called NordLocker.
Designed to secure files stored on a user’s computer or in cloud with end-to-end encryption, this file encryption app for macOS and Windows encrypts files stored on a computer or in cloud.
NordLocker is created secure encryption algorithms: Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-256) and 4096-bit RSA. The company says their own zero-knowledge encryption process is the differentiator, enabling individual users to not only to encrypt their files, but to share them securely by managing access permissions.
“We at NordVPN believe that the digital environment must be better than it is today. As a company, we strive to move towards becoming an all-around cybersecurity solution that people trust,” says Marty P. Kamden, CMO at NordVPN. “By releasing NordLocker, we want to make top-notch data security available for everyone – regardless of their tech skills. To achieve this, we combine the best usability practices with the highest encryption standards.”
Still in alpha, NordLocker is “going through internal stress-tests,” according to the company’s announcement. It is expected that the first beta version will be released this summer. Signup for early access is now available on NordLocker’s official website: https://nordlocker.com/.
“NordLocker’s primary use is to encrypt sensitive files stored in a computer or in one of many popular cloud services, like Dropbox or Google Docs,” said Kamden. “In the beginning, it will be available for Windows and macOS users. However, a few years ago NordVPN created a dedicated VPN app for smart TV’s as people tend to use smart TVs to shop online and store sensitive documents. So NordLocker can be used to encrypt files that are stored on a smart TV or other connected devices, that can store files, documents, photos, etc to make them secure.”
Kamden also described an IoT solution where “IoT devices at home are usually interconnected with WiFi router and computer. As IoT devices still lack security tools – hackers choose to hack into someone’s computer through those devices. For example, there are several cases when hackers stole important business files through smart printers in the office. Even if hackers will manage to get to one’s computer in such a way and get hold of the documents – without a proper key, they will see only random symbols.”
We’ll continue to follow the progress as the new tool is rolled out and becomes generally available later this year.
Arti Loftus is an experienced Information Technology specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the research, writing, and editing industry with many published articles under her belt.
Edited by Ken Briodagh