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How to encrypt files on Chromebook (Simple Method)

How to encrypt files on Chromebook

Your Google Drive files are by default encrypted. However, you download the file (into a certain file format) and then transmit it to the user when you need to send a file to a user. You just emailed a file that isn’t encrypted.

So how do you go about sending a user an encrypted file? You make use of the straightforward miniLock Chrome extension. This is a fantastic add-on that will make the process of encrypting files on your Chromebook the simplest it can be.


Encrypt files on Chromebook using MiniLock

File encryption is fairly simple with the MiniLock add-on and doesn’t need you to join up for a service or subscription. It removes all of the uncertainty around encryption and is free.


MiniLock is easy to set up. Just carry out these actions.

  • On your Chromebook, launch Chrome.
  • Go to the online store’s miniLock page.
  • Then choose to ADD TO CHROME.
  • Tap Add app.
  • I’m done now. The miniLock launcher should now appear in the menu on your Chromebook. To start, click the launcher.



When launching miniLock for the first time, you must input an email address and a passphrase (Figure A). Your 44-character miniLock ID will be generated using these two pieces of data. Your publicly available encryption key is this ID.

You must use a complicated, one-of-a-kind passphrase (a phrase, not just a single password). Your ID will be shown after you’ve supplied a valid email address and passphrase.

You can now start using miniLock. All you have to do to encrypt or decrypt a file is drag it into the miniLock window, and the appropriate action will be performed (an unencrypted file will be encrypted and an encrypted file will be decrypted).

You will be prompted with this question if you drag an unencrypted file into the miniLock window.

You can add new miniLock IDs for other users in this box. If you have a different user’s ID, enter it in this box and then click the right arrow to initiate encryption. Click the downward-pointing arrow to save the file to your disk when the encryption is finished.

The user you specified for the encryption can now receive the file. They will be able to access the encrypted file using their miniLock ID.

Check out this tutorial if you want to experiment with various methods to encrypt files on a Chromebook.