What is AES-256 bit E2E Encryption?

Today AES 256-bit encryption is the most robust encryption standard available. The Advanced Encryption System (AES) is the current encryption standard chosen by the U.S. government since 2001. It’s quickly become the encryption standard for most private sector enterprises. AES is also the first publicly available cipher approved by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to protect top-secret information. AES was first known as Rijndael, named after its two developers, Belgian cryptographers Vincent Rijmen and Joan Daemen.

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AES-256 is practically unbreakable

AES-256 has a key length of 256 bits, which supports the largest bit size and is unbreakable by brute force. This means it would take the fastest computer in the world millions if not billions of years to crack. Here are the possible combinations:

Key Size Possible Combinations
1 bit 2
2 bits 4
4 bits 16
8 bits 256
16 bits 65536
32 bits 4.2 x 109
56 bits (DES) 7.2 x 1016
64 bits 1.8 x 1019
128 bits (AES) 3.4 x 1038
192 bits (AES) 6.2 x 1057
256 bits (AES) 1.1 x 1077

How to Encrypt your GUNTRACK data

Step 1 – (New User) Create a GUNTRACK account

  • Sign Up here
  • Enter a valid email address you have access to.
  • Enter your account password. This will be your account password.  This password is NOT the passphrase you will need to decrypt your account (we will get to that step later.)
  • Enter your agency/promo code (if you have one)
  • Proceed to hit “Sign Up”
Sign Up GUNTRACK app

Step 2 – (New User) Verify Your GUNTRACK account email address

  • Once you hit Sign up, you should see a pop-up that says “Verification Email Sent.”
  • Check the email account you used in Sign up.
  • Click on the link in the email.
  • You will get another pop-up saying that the email has been verified.
Verify your GUNTRACK account
Email Verification

Step 3 – Log-In Using Email and Password

  • Go Back to the Log-In page
  • Enter Email
  • Enter Password
  • Click on Log-In

Step 4 – Create your Encryption Passphrase

  • Please make sure to read this carefully.
  • Enter your own Passphrase or password “MyownpasswordIlike” or hit “Auto Generate”
Encryption Process GUNTRACK

Step 5 – Download a copy of your Passphrase

  • Once you select a Passphrase hit download
  • Download and save a copy of your passphrase
  • Print a hard copy (optional)
  • You do not want to lose this Passphrase
GUNTRACK Encryption

Step 6 – Save or Print Your Passphrase

  • Save or print your passphrase
Save GUNTRACK Passphrase
Print Passphrase GUNTRACK

Step 7 – Log In to GUNTRACK

  • First input your username and password
  • You will then be prompted for your passphrase
  • The passphrase is necessary to decrypt your account