Encryption FAQ

  • Encryption is the process of converting data, or plain text, into an unreadable format called cipher text. An encryption algorithm and key is used in this process to scramble the original data. To convert it back to its original plain text format, a secret key is needed to decrypt the cipher text.

    Encryption helps protect data by making it unintelligible, and therefore useless, to anyone who may steal the data while it’s being stored or sent online.

  • Encryption is the main digital tool we have to protect data. Without encryption many government services and businesses would not be able to effectively protect sensitive data from attack by cyber criminals. There will always be ways to hack into organizations and steal data. Encryption offers a way to secure that data for only those who have permission to read it.
  • Akord implements strong encryption methods, enabling you and your receiver to share a common key to protect the data and the terms for consent. Using a secret key means that we don't have access to your data, nor anyone else's.

    We use the Web Crypto API and files are encrypted whether a password is provided or not. While encryption keys are never saved on Akord’s server, using a password is more secure because the private key is never sent to Akord or contained in the email to the receiver.

  • The encryption and decryption of your files happens on your device and never over the internet. Before you actually upload a file to us, the enryption process heppens on your device. Likewise, files are downloaded and then decrypted on the user's device.

    This means unencrypted files are never online. Files are only ever in an unencrypted, readable format on the device of the intended sender and receiver.

  • Your files are encrypted. The encryption key is embedded within the link to your files. As the link passes through our services, you have to trust Akord.

  • Providing a password is the ultimate insurance that only you and the person you shared the password with can view the files. Encrypted with your secret password, neither Akord nor anyone else who may gain access to your email can see your files.

Encryption explained

Both in our homes and in our digital lives, there is one thing we all need - privacy.

The privacy enabler

At home we feel safe and comfortable knowing that we can keep valuables, conversations and intimate time with loved ones private and secure.

This sense of protection is something we all care about and need. Any idea of a random person listening in, or watching without us knowing, would be disturbing.

Like the physical world, we need this sense of security in our digital lives. There are many things we need to keep private: passwords, search history, chat messages, photos, documents… the list goes on.

Encryption gives us the ability to hide, shield and secure the privacy of our digital lives.

Taking advantage of the special properties that come with prime numbers, encryption allows us to scramble messages in a way that would be impossible to break in millions of years given the computing power we have today.

Without encryption, there can not be any privacy online. Using this protection, our valuable data can be safely stored and made available to who we want, when we want.

So how does encryption work?

Encryption is the process of taking documents, photos or files and scrambling them into an unreadable format. As your data often passes across multiple computer systems connected over the internet, the ability to encrypt is essential.

With Akord, the service begins by encrypting all your files before they leave your device. The password you provide to encrypt is never revealed to us. You can be sure your files are safely stored and transmitted to the recipient.

Once the recipient is notified, they are able to unlock the file with the password you’ve provided them. The same password will allow their computer to decrypt the scrambled data along with the consent rules, resulting in them having access to the original file.

Akord uses various encryption methods, enabling you and your receiver to share documents, contracts, photos and more, without the risk of anyone in the middle having access, not even us.

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