VoltShare Security and Sharing

Objective

This guide provides instructions on how to install the VoltShare application, encrypt the information prior to sharing it, and decrypt after receiving that information. VoltShare is a tool that enables you to encrypt content rapidly and share it with a set of recipients, in a way that only those recipients can decrypt. For more information on VoltShare, see VoltShare.

The following video shows information on VoltShare functionality:

There are two options to encrypt or decrypt content with VoltShare:

  • Drag and drop a file
  • Type content directly into VoltShare

Using the instructions provided in this guide, you can install VoltShare, sign-up, encrypt the information, share it with a set of users, and decrypt that information.


Install VoltShare

Step 1: Download VoltShare.

Navigate to VoltShare Downloads to download VoltShare for your operating system.

Step 2: Install VoltShare.
  • For Apple macOS users:

    • Navigate to the application .dmg file and double-click it to run the installer.

    • Drag VoltShare.app to your Applications folder.

Figure: VoltShare Installation
Figure: VoltShare Installation

  • For Microsoft Windows users, navigate to the application .exe file and double-click it to run the installer.

  • For Linux-based distributions, the application file is pre-compiled and ready to use.


Perform Sign-up

It is required to sign-up or sign-in before using the VoltShare application.

Step 1: Perform sign-up.
  • If you have an existing F5® Distributed Cloud Services account:

    • Enter you email.

    • Enter your password.

  • Click Sign-up if you do not have an existing Distributed Cloud Services account.

  • For individuals, select one of the following options:

    • Click Google to sign-up and sign-in using your existing Google account.

    • Click GitHub to sign-up and sign-in using your existing GitHub account.

    • Click Microsoft to sign-up and sign-in using your existing Microsoft account.

  • For enterprise teams, enter your domain and log in using account credentials.

VoltShare Sign-In
VoltShare Sign-In

Note: The email address and authentication mechanism ensures that only the owner of the account is able to decrypt content sent to that account.

Step 2: Verify per the instructions displayed on the application.

Upon successful verification, you can sign-in and perform operations, such as profile update, encrypt, and decrypt information.

Note: During or after the verification process, you can secure your account using functionalities, such as device verification code and multi-factor authentication.


Encrypt Information

Step 1: Input your information for encryption.
  • Log into VoltShare and select the File or Text option. This example shows the Text option.

  • Type the required information and click Encrypt.

Figure: Input Information for Encryption
Figure: Input Information for Encryption

Note: If you select the File option, drag and drop your file in the area indicated on the application user interface.

Step 2: Configure recipients to share the encrypted information.

Enter a name for your secret in the Name field and enter email addresses for the recipients in the Access field.

Note: Optionally, select Share with team users checkbox to share the encrypted information with your team.

Enter Recipients
Figure: Enter Recipients

Step 3: Configure decryption validity settings.
  • Enter a value in the Valid for field and select one of the Day, Week, Month, or Year options to set the validity period for decryption keys.
  • Click Next.

Note: After the duration expires, the recipient will be unable to decrypt the information.

Step 4: Download the encrypted information.

After encryption, the application displays two output options. To share the encrypted information:

  • Click Copy to clipboard to copy the encrypted information to then share in a messaging channel or paste it into an email.

Encrypted Text
Figure: Encrypted Text

  • Click Save as... to save the encrypted information into a file.

  • Click Share with to share in with an email, WhatsApp, or Telegram.

Share Options
Figure: Share Options

  • Click Start Over to cancel the encrypted text and begin entering new text or attaching folders.

Decrypt Information

This example assumes that the sender copied the encrypted information to a clipboard and received that information through a Slack channel.

Step 1: Open VoltShare and sign-in.

The email address you use for your sign-in must match the email address specified by the sender during the encryption process.

Step 2: Input your encrypted information for decryption.
  • Select File or Text option in the Encrypt/Decrypt screen and drop the received encrypted file or copy the encrypted content.

  • Click Decrypt.

Decrypt Received Information
Figure: Decrypt Received Information

Step 3: Download the decrypted information.

VoltShare decrypts and displays the content in the Decrypted text field.

  • Click Copy to clipboard to store the decrypted information to the clipboard.

  • Click Save as... and save the decrypted information into a file.


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