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Scrambls – Take Personal Control Over Your Files and Posts Anywhere On the Web

Posted by Marcus Zillman

Scrambls – Take Personal Control Over Your Files and Posts Anywhere On the Web

The web has recently seen a fantastic explosion in the ease and utility of online sharing. From political discourse to cake recipes, everything gets posted online. This evolution of information distribution has made it so much easier to stay in touch with friends, colleagues and ideas. However, it has come with a cost. The majority of posts are aggregated across a number of huge social media services that reserve the right read, distribute and archive the content as they see fit. Files are usually shared in the clear and can easily fall into the wrong hands. Scrambls enables users to seamlessly assert lasting control over their posts and files. Some conversations are really meant to be private. Some posts maybe shouldn’t have been posted. Some content is worthy of copyright. Groups and affiliations change. Scrambls strives to be an easy-to-use tool spanning across the Internet to give you control over your participation in online media and online distribution of your importan files. Scrambls works for online posts and files interchangeably. Using the same group controls as you use for scrambling social media posts, you can easily scramble a file or folder before emailing it or posting it to an online service or drive. Scrambls works by introducing a ‘key’ needed to read a post or open a protected file. The original content is encoded before being delivered to the web. The key gets stored at a scrambls servers while the encoded post goes to the service provider. When the post is later displayed, or the file is opened, scrambls applies the key to make it readable again. The author owns these keys and can set the policy for whom and when to make them available. This will be added to Privacy Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This has been added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

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