System Utilities - DashCrypt

Description: We frequently use encryption on "Eyes Only" files for storage and inter-departmental sharing. This widget utilizes the OpenSSL libraries built into OS X and uses the AES 256-bit cipher. We recommend archiving your files for smaller encrypted files. Currently, this widget does not archive before encrypting. This requires you to archive ( tar.gz, sit or zip ) directories prior to encryption.

To use this widget, begin by dragging a file or archive in the Finder, opening the Dashboard (F12) while dragging, then dropping the file on Encrypt or Decrypt. You will be prompted for a password and confirmation of your password. Click Submit and your file will be processed. After encrypting, resulting file (yourfile.enc) may be safely distributed, but remember, passwords should never be sent in cleartext in emails or other digital means. We suggest sharing passwords in person. Decrypting .enc files requires the original password. Note: This software is distributed freely and has been tested thoroughly for bugs, however, use at your own discretion. DigitalCraft Consulting is not responsible for lost data.
Author: mstclaire
Version: 1.0
Uploaded on: July 8th 2005 at 12:04 AM
Rating: (4.78 stars)   [Show Detailed Ratings]
Downloads: 7659
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An excellent idea, which looks good to boot! Well done!

Posted by: Ludge on Jun 01, 05 (7:03 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

Excellent idea, although it'd be better to reduce the size of the widget and have it automatically detect if the file is encrypted or not and run the respective command of encrypting or decrypting it.

Either way - first class.

Posted by: prezet on Jun 01, 05 (9:24 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

Why not insert BL Enc. also?

Voted for this thang!

Posted by: jayson on Jun 01, 05 (10:18 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

Finally the first USEFUL widget.

Posted by: ZicklePop on Jun 01, 05 (1:34 PM) for version 1.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

Great Widget first useful one. I voted for it! You could make the widget smaller by taking the graphic of the key out of the box... Just a thought.

Posted by: bighoss99 on Jun 01, 05 (10:41 PM) for version 1.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

Thanks for your input. Your feedback will not go unrewarded!

I have just uploaded a mini version of my DashCrypt widget at It may not be available yet, so you may download it directly from my site at

Again, thanks for the input and keep the faith!


Posted by: mstclaire (developer) on Jun 02, 05 (1:14 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

Umm how about USB-Stick-Support?
Thesedays, normal passwords are often too short, and many people use floppys, USB-Sticks, whatever .. to store a Key-File on it.
Maybe you could insert a function where your programm looks for an USB-Stick and a special file (keyfile.key, for example) and takes that ascii as the key for decryption.

Posted by: Lasse on Jun 03, 05 (4:32 PM) for version 1.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

Some user have had issues using DashCrypt. The only bug (loosely put) is if you rename your files, the script cannot re-attached to original extension or decrypt the file. file.tgz get encrypted to file.tgz.enc and decrypted to file.tgz. If you rename the encrypted file to anything else, decryption fails.

To work around this as a failsafe, decrypt any DashCrypt encrypted file from the Terminal with:

/usr/bin/openssl aes-256-cbc -d -in [ENCRYPTED FILENAME] -out [UNENCRYPTED FILENAME] -pass [PASSWORD]

Posted by: mstclaire (developer) on Aug 11, 05 (7:20 PM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

It seems that there IS in fact a bug with DashCrypt; my apologies to all who have had issues and my thanks to those who have tested it.

First of all, in my last post, revise the terminal command to:

/usr/bin/openssl aes-256-cbc -d -in [ENCRYPTED FILENAME] -out [UNENCRYPTED FILENAME]

Hit return and you will be prompted for your pass.

To get DashCrpyt to decrypt any stubborn file, simply put the encrypted file on the Desktop, then decrypt. It seems there is a directory location issue.

I will address this directory issue in the next version.

Posted by: mstclaire (developer) on Aug 15, 05 (5:58 PM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

I'm getting error messages.

Posted by: KingKovifor on May 26, 06 (2:34 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

This is perfect, does just what I want it to and it couldn't be easier to use.

Posted by: sophieyehhh on Oct 14, 10 (7:34 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

Is this widget still being supported as I can't seem to track anyone down for support and need to contact someone. I have this widget from ages ago and have come across a few old encrypted files I created but it no longer seems to work when I try to decrypt them....

Posted by: jojo73 on Apr 16, 14 (8:32 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

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