It’s been a while without an update, but now here’s one that may be bigger than it appears at first. PassLok has moved to version 2.5, which allows users to share their Locks with friends nearby via a QR code. The picture here contains my Lock, in case you want to communicate with me through PassLok.
Actually, PassLok used to have a feature to make QR codes way back in version 1.6, which got removed because it wasn’t clear how it would get used. No it’s back this way: when you click the Invite button with nothing written in the main box, the QR code pops up (it used to display a message asking you to write something). Say you are running PassLok on your cell phone or a tablet, people who scan the code from your phone using the camera app will be taken to https://passlok.com/app so they can become PassLok users, with the bonus that your Lock will be added to their directory as soon as they finish the initial wizard. The QR code goes away as soon as you touch it.
There’s also a brand-new QR code mode, which can be set on the Options tab. In this mode, encrypting a message creates a QR code on your screen that others can scan without being connected to a network. Scanning it takes them to https://passlok.com/app (it runs offline if previously visited) including the encrypted message so it can be decrypted by the recipient. Messages up to around 1000 characters are possible before the codes get too busy and become unreadable.
More new features:
- Now you can encrypt and decrypt much larger files. There is a handy icon for downloading files on the editing toolbar, and a big Save button that appears when you have files to save. Just click it to download all files in the main box to your default download folder.
- Actually, a removal. The General Directory still exists for those who wish to use it, but it is no longer loaded within PassLok.