I’m disappointed in humankind. It’s now common knowledge that the U.S. government has the ability to read our email, and track our online browsing. Recently, two major secure email sites shut down over government interference and security problems. Where’s the public outcry and uproar? Is privacy no longer much of an issue among the great unwashed masses of Mac and Windows PC users?
If you write, and share what you write, security should be a consideration. After all, if Google knows what you’re writing, chances are good that the U.S. government knows, too. How can you secure your thoughts from prying eyes?
Enter a new breed of word processor. SecureWords is a Mac writing tool with more focus on security than bells and whistles for writers. What you write stays locked up tight with a password and 256-bit AES encryption.
In some ways, SecureWords is less of a word processor than Apple’s built-in TextEdit. There’s full screen mode, photos, tabs, justification, and a few other goodies, but no Resume, no Versions, and OS X’s Autosave is disabled (however, an autosave function is built-in; it’s just not using Apple’s).
Otherwise, SecureWords looks much like any decent minimalist word processor.
It saves files to Dropbox or iCloud, too, but encrypted so only you can open the file’s contents. It reads OpenOffice, Word, and RTF files, but as features go, that’s about it.
Oh, it does allow you to use images and photos within a document, but there’s no drag and drop capability. Images need to be encrypted, too. And files are automatically locked when the Mac goes to sleep.
The developer says there’s no backdoor to opening a SecureWords document, but the password will open it for anyone, so some discretion is required when sharing encrypted files.
I suspect we’ll see more apps like SecureWords; with built-in security to keep out the government’s prying eyes, but the greater number of Mac and PC users just don’t seem to care much about privacy anymore.
I blame Facebook and Google.