Scrambler
Scrambler
1.3

3.9

Scrambler free download for Mac

Scrambler

1.3
30 October 2014

Simplified data encryption tool.

Overview

Scrambler lets you encrypt your files to keep them safe from prying eyes. This is especially important when sending files to other Macs over untrusted email, instant messaging, and cloud-based services.

Scrambler is a simple, secure, and robust encryption app for the Mac. All you have to do is this:

  1. Drag a file on Scrambler's icon in the menu bar
  2. Type a password
  3. Encrypt
To decrypt an encrypted file, just drag it back on Scrambler and type in the same password.

Other Features:

  • You can also drag folders, or a collection of files and folders, on Scrambler -- they will be encrypted into a single scrambled file
  • The recipients of your encrypted files do not necessarily have to purchase Scrambler -- they can download a free "decrypt-only" version of the app called Descrambler, also available from the same developer
  • You can configure Scrambler to automatically delete the original item(s) after encryption/decryption
  • All icons, artwork, and user interface are fully compatible with the new retina display Macs
Technical Details:
  • Uses industry-standard TAR archiving and GZIP compression
  • Preserves OS X metadata of files, including extended attributes
  • Uses 50,000 iterations of the industry-standard PBKDF2 key derivation function to generate the encryption key, which makes brute-force attacks on scrambled files practically impossible (unless the user chooses a weak password)
  • Uses the secure industry-standard AES-256-CBC encryption algorithm
  • Fully open and documented encrypted file format
  • Scrambled files can, if desired, be decrypted in the OS X Terminal using free and open source command-line tools
  • Runs in sandbox mode, a technology that vastly improves app security and is highly recommended by Apple for all Mac apps

What's new in Scrambler

Version 1.3:
  • Fixes visual bugs and adds support for dark mode on OS X Yosemite.

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8 Scrambler Reviews

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Lounge-Deluxe
22 September 2011

Most helpful

Well I took the plunge anyway despite the lack of a demo version of Scrambler. I encrypted a folder with a size of 96MB containing 14 mp3 files using a four digit password. Scambler took about 15 secs to encrypt. I decrypted the file again into the folder it was, and then noticed that Scrambler takes 907MB of memory after completing its task. I don't know if that amount is problematic as my MBP contains 8GB RAM, but it strikes me as quite a lot. Nonetheless Scrambler is a pretty cool and very useful app, simply drag files or folders to the menubar icon and enter a password. I would prefer for future versions a preference menu option and the possibility to drag files and folders to a Dock icon instead of the menubar icon (it's cluttered with icons already). The 250MB limit is very annoying however, please release that limit asap.
Like (2)
Version 1.0
unomohito
15 March 2017
Amazing!!! Thanks a lot...
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Version 1.3
iMiNiMaL
01 February 2015
VERY GOOD APP!!!
Like (1)
Version 1.3
TCalhau
31 October 2014
I wish it was exchange 50,000 iterations of PBKDF2 key derivation per 200,000 iterations of Scrypt key derivation! Please consider replacing PBKDF2 by Scrypt in a new release! See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrypt
Like (1)
Version 1.3
Tiago-Calhau
15 April 2014
I'm loving this app! Perfect ^^
Like (2)
Version 1.2.6
Cowicide
03 April 2013
This is great, but I just wish there was some way to descramble the data afterwards. They could call it Descrambler or something.
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Version 1.2.2
2 answer(s)
Coding Turtle
Coding Turtle
25 September 2013
Scrambler allows you to both encrypt and decrypt. But I do provide another app—indeed named Descrambler—that is a free "decrypt-only" version of Scrambler.
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Cowicide
Cowicide
25 September 2013
Sorry, Dev, I was just being snarky.
Like (1)
Mfabache
10 November 2012
Super concept for all the bloom of cloud storage systems cutting into the Dropbox market. Dropbox has selective sync, others do not. The Scrambler would be SO dang useful here, but falls short as it does not delete the original (just decrypted) data. Until that feature is added, 5 stars down to 3 stars.
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Version 1.1.6
1 answer(s)
Coding Turtle
Coding Turtle
25 September 2013
Since version 1.2, Scrambler allows you to automatically delete the original item(s) after encryption/decryption.
Like (4)
anonymous-swan-2391
04 October 2012
1) Files get bigger 2) Use encrypted dmg for free
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Version 1.1.4
2 answer(s)
Coding Turtle
Coding Turtle
08 October 2012
1) The size may increase up to around 1.3 times, due to the Base64 encoding. This shouldn't be a problem for relatively small files, but can be an issue for larger ones. I'm thinking about removing the Base64 encoding in a future version; including it seems to have been a bad idea in the first place.
Like (4)
Coding Turtle
Coding Turtle
25 September 2013
Since version 1.2, Scrambler does not increase the file size.
Like (4)
Lounge-Deluxe
22 September 2011
Well I took the plunge anyway despite the lack of a demo version of Scrambler. I encrypted a folder with a size of 96MB containing 14 mp3 files using a four digit password. Scambler took about 15 secs to encrypt. I decrypted the file again into the folder it was, and then noticed that Scrambler takes 907MB of memory after completing its task. I don't know if that amount is problematic as my MBP contains 8GB RAM, but it strikes me as quite a lot. Nonetheless Scrambler is a pretty cool and very useful app, simply drag files or folders to the menubar icon and enter a password. I would prefer for future versions a preference menu option and the possibility to drag files and folders to a Dock icon instead of the menubar icon (it's cluttered with icons already). The 250MB limit is very annoying however, please release that limit asap.
Like (2)
Version 1.0
2 answer(s)
Coding Turtle
Coding Turtle
24 September 2011
Thanks for your comments. I find it interesting that Scrambler uses 907 MB while encrypting such a small file. That is definitely way too much, shouldn't happen, and is something I have to look into. However, are you sure the memory doesn't get cleaned after the encryption is done? I agree about that 250 MB limit. I'll see what I can do about it. As for dragging files on the dock icon: Where, in this case, would you expect the password window to pop up? Feel free to email me (at Scrambler's support email address) with your replies, or just reply here if you prefer.
Like (6)
Coding Turtle
Coding Turtle
08 October 2012
It should probably be made clear, right here in these comments, that the memory issues and the 250 MB limit that Lounge Deluxe mentioned were fixed starting with version 1.1.
Like (2)
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