Data sharing


We've looked at many different tools that can help you manage an ad hoc file transfer across a network or across the Internet. Magic-Wormhole remains one of our favorites, because it requires nothing of the recipient other than the software and some way of telling them the human-readable encryption words used to negotiate both the network protocol and decrypt the transfer. This part is usually accomplished via a secure secondary channel, such as using the Signal messenger client. But this leads to another common use for Signal: sending messages to yourself to act as a cross-device copy and paste buffer for secret wormhole keywords and even passwords and other sets of private information. This isn't a bad idea if you also delete that data after it's used, but in our experience, the end result is more commonly a personal chat history full of your most important secrets.

Sniptt is a command-line tool (and web service). It helps with password and file sharing in the same way Magic-Wormhole can help with file sharing and helps with secret storage in the same way as your private Signal group. But it's also more ambitious because it's a database that uses OpenPGP and requires no configuration other than going through the process of creating a new local account. This process will ask for an email account, which is used for verification and the password to use to encrypt your content. With that done, you can start adding simple key and value pairs, such as usernames and passwords, with the hidden part entered via a prompt. You can even add files. All of this can be retrieved with a simple get command. The clever sharing part comes from creating a vault. A vault is a container for a set of secrets, but it also lets you add accounts for other people who can also access the credentials stored in the vault. Even more impressively, you can generate a one-time shared URL for a secret, which you can send to someone to access. It's like a powered-up version of Magic-Wormhole and means you can finally delete that secret Signal group.

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All data in Sniptt is end-to-end encrypted and never leaves your local storage.

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