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Your first day at NordLocker - a beginner's guide

Apr 30, 2020

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We’re glad you want to try out NordLocker. But just like with any app, you should know how everything works to do it efficiently. Since NordLocker is a security app, we highly recommend reading this guide, getting to know the app, and contact us if you still have any questions.

Below we'll be looking into why you need two passwords, how NordLocker works on the cloud, and how to share files securely.

What is NordLocker?

NordLocker is a file encryption software that you can use to encrypt any file. You can either drag a document into the encrypted folder (or, as it's called, a locker) or add files by clicking the +Add files button in the app. Files are encrypted as soon as you add them. With smaller files, you won’t even see a progress bar. But even if you didn’t notice the encryption process, you don’t have to worry. In the locker, your data is protected.

NordLocker gives you full control of your security. You choose what you want to share and what you want to keep private. Even if someone got into your computer, they would not know what files you keep.

Why do you need two passwords?

When you sign in to NordLocker, you will first be asked to enter your credentials. Then, you will have to enter your master password to access your files. Why is that?

You may know that NordLocker is part of a larger family called NordSec, When you register an account at NordLocker, you become a part of the NordSec family, which also includes NordPass and NordVPN. In your account, you can manage your NordSec subscriptions, check the payments, and more. That’s why entering your credentials when you launch NordLocker serves as the first security layer for your files.

Then, you will enter your master password. It's more than just another security level. Your master password is part of the encryption process. While we could send you a new account password, your master password is yours, and yours alone. It’s secret, non-sharable, and can only be restored with your recovery key.

Why is everything in lockers?

A locker is our way of ensuring a smooth working experience. It’s an encrypted folder where you can do all your work from. While a locker acts as an additional security layer, your workflow remains very similar to what you’re currently used to. Open the locker and drop files in, take things out, open and edit the files within the locker, attach it to an email, or upload it to the cloud. However, some messaging apps and email clients ask you to zip the locker before sending it.

So, create as many lockers as you want. You may want to have one to share data with your colleagues, while another one could be a family locker or a locker to store business ideas. You can organize your lockers the way you like - and we'll improve the experience with the upcoming updates.

Does NordLocker work with the cloud?

Yes, it does. In fact, you can secure your files and then upload them to any cloud. Your lockers will be accessible to you from anywhere in the world. But keep in mind that the device must have NordLocker installed.

How to share NordLocker files securely

Sharing files in NordLocker consists of two steps: giving someone permission to access and sharing the locker that has your files. Without either of the steps, the person would not be able to see what you shared.

Giving access to a locker is easy:

  1. Select the locker.
  2. Click on the Share locker button.
  3. Add the person’s email address.

If they don’t yet use NordLocker, we’ll invite them to join. You can share the locker with them once the person becomes a NordLocker user. Note that you never have to share your master password.

What if you’re sharing individual files or folders? The process is similar, but you’ll have to create a new locker for sharing the data:

  1. Click the New Locker button at the bottom of the app screen. Name your locker.
  2. Grag the folders and files that you want to share into the new locker.
  3. Click on the Share locker button (which you can also find by right-clicking on a locker).
  4. Add the recipient’s email address.
  5. Don’t forget to click Add after you enter the person’s email.

After you add the recipients and click Share, you’ll find different sharing options. For example, Send via Dropbox will take you through several steps on how to upload the locker to Dropbox. It will also generate a link to share that file. The recipient will, however, have to download the file and install NordLocker.

The other option is Show file in Explorer/Finder. It’s most suitable when you want to choose how you will share a file. Sharing options depend on your operating system.

The ease of sharing the file depends on how large it is. Small files are probably shared via email the easiest. But like we mentioned, with most email clients, you’ll need to archive the locker first. If you’re on macOS, the Share via Mail button will do it automatically.

We hope this guide has helped you understand how to use NordLocker to protect your files locally and on the cloud. If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center guide on using NordLocker.

Oliver Noble

Oliver Noble

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A nerd with a laser focus on all things cybersec. His own words. Oliver’s hobbies away from the computer include reading, Netflix, and testing the limits of yet another Raspberry Pi. To our surprise, this 130-pound ‘nerd’ also bakes a killer pumpkin pie.