VoltShare Security and Sharing


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.