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ilia5101982

Saferoom - Zero-Knowledge Encryption for Evernote and more

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Hello, Evernote community,

 

We are a small team of developers and we are passionate about our new product which is Saferoom. We have been working hard to provide users with zero-knowledge encryption functionality without destroying user's productivity. We wanted to build an encryption app that will be easy to use and allow anybody protect their personal data.

 

Saferoom is now a set of mobile and desktop that together add full encryption capabilities on-top of Evernote. It means that you work with Evernote normally, and when you need to create or view an encrypted note you use Saferoom. All the time your encrypted items are part of Evernote notes, but you can see them (e.g. decrypt) only inside Saferoom app. And Evernote is just a beginning - we want Saferoom to be like "Passbook" for your encrypted data.

 

Saferoom encrypts whole note including all the resources - independently of the resource type and your password is stored on the device only. It also means that password cannot be restored - that is a price for true zero-knowledge encryption.

 

Our app is available in iTunes Store:

https://itunes.apple.com/app/saferoom-one-app-to-encrypt/id964858486

 

And in Google Play Store:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.secomsoft.Saferoom

 

 

Saferoom Desktop for MacOS and Windows are free:

 

https://itunes.apple.com/app/saferoom-zero-knowledge-encryption/id981600236

 

Windows:

http://en.softonic.com/s/saferoom:windows-mac-iphone-android-windows-phone-7-web-apps/windows

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/saferoom-for-windows-81/9nblggh40cdw#

 

And also you can use Saferoom Chrome extension:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/saferoom/nnphkaehepldgkjgnlnmfmpcjkklibfj?hl=en-US

 

 

Here is a video demos of Saferoom capabilities:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzyNcs_NN5H_JVxZCeR1bFg/videos?spfreload=10

 

Any feedback is always welcomed.

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Added link to new Windows version
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Congratulations!

It is great to see someone who takes security / privacy seriously developing an app that will help all of us protect our data. I've followed the development of this app from the initial idea all the way to its current state and I think it looks like a major breakthrough that will help all of us. I'm looking forward to trying it out!

However, as a warning to everyone, this is a beta product, which means you are likely to encounter problems (that's why they call it a beta), so please be sure to back up your data just in case. Actually, you should always be doing this!

http://www.christopher-mayo.com/?p=962

The more people who test it out and provide feedback, the better the app will be, and if there is something in particular you want to see for your use case, the beta stage is a great opportunity to make sure your voice is heard.

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Good luck for your project.. This is something that a lot of people have been requesting for.. and the fact that it is client side encryption makes it even more interesting.. 

 

But if my understading is right, the encrypted notes won't be indexed and show up in evernote search results, but i guess, you can't have the cake and eat it too.. Good Luck guys..

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Good luck for your project.. This is something that a lot of people have been requesting for.. and the fact that it is client side encryption makes it even more interesting.. 

 

But if my understading is right, the encrypted notes won't be indexed and show up in evernote search results, but i guess, you can't have the cake and eat it too.. Good Luck guys..

 

Indeed. They won't be indexed, because syncing the content would defeat the purpose of the encryption used to keep it private. Notice, though, that the titles are visible. If you use informative titles (I recommend YYYYMMDD + keywords) then it is pretty easy to navigate even thousands of notes without needing to actually view the content. 

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First of all thanks a lot for kind words and great help that we have recieved from Chris and Evernote community.

 

As correctly mentioned, Saferoom encrypts the content on the client-side, so it will not be indexed at all - that is the purpose of zero-knowledge encryption.

 

Additionally, we have prepared a Windows Desktop Version that will allow you create encrypted notes already next week. We are waiting for approval from CNET download.com website. We decided that it will be better that our software will be checked by third-party systems so users can be sure of it's security and integrity. CNET approval usually takes couple of days, so our deadline is 18.02.2015. I will post update here and on our twitter: https://twitter.com/saferoom_app

 

You can check our Youtube channel where we have already posted Windows functionality. Remember, that is a beta version - and we would love to hear your feedback. And one more thing - we plan to release Saferoom Windows (and MacOS) client for free.

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzyNcs_NN5H_JVxZCeR1bFg

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Hey, Evernoters!
 
 
We have finished our Saferoom MacOS client which you can now download for free from download.com website - http://goo.gl/BCqBxI.
  
 
You can also have a look how simple it is to completely encrypt your Evernote note with Saferoom:
http://goo.gl/U792Kf

 

We are almost finished with our iOS Beta testing - and we are proceeding to release in the middle of April. And then with Saferoom you will enjoy full zero-knowledge encryption on-top of Evernote.

 

As always our updates are on twitter: @saferoom_app

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Hey! 

 

We are proud to announce the release of Saferoom iOS client - goo.gl/WdmdkY.

 

Now you can encrypt your Evernote notes using any of our free desktop clients and place secure notes into synchronized notebooks and then decrypt any of those notes using Saferoom iOS. You can also create encrypted notes right from your iPhone or iPad.

 

Getting started guide for Saferoom iOS - goo.gl/9qwCHo.

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Hola, Evernoters!

 

 

We have update our Windows Client - now it is more simple, and clean. Have a look at Saferoom Windows in action:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TkJZJ2x-7I&index=2&list=PLXqjPvpj-4Xa81

 

And this is how you can encrypt Evernote notes from an iOS mobile device (iPhone in this case):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQ3u5xwhCkE&list=PLXqjPvpj-4Xa9eHiARHxD5JGci7ztlLbF&index=3&spfreload=10

 

And here is how you can decrypt Evernote notes (including PDF files) on a mobile device (check the Touch ID Support):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKVFS2SOE4g&index=2&list=PLXqjPvpj-4Xa9eHiARHxD5JGci7ztlLbF&spfreload=10

 

Saferoom iOS is now available in App Store for just 4.99$ (one-time fee), and Saferoom MacOS and Saferoom Windows are free.

 

Cheers,

Ilia

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Hey,

 

a small update for a very important feature in Saferoom:

 

One-time passwords is a new feature in Saferoom that will be available in coming weeks with the new MacOS (v1.2), iOS (v1.2) and Windows versions.

Right now there is only one password in Saferoom - we call it a master key or master password. Your master password is stored securely in your device, and is always used for your operations. In general, it means that Saferoom is a single-user application - you use it for your own purposes.

Now with one-time passwords you have options - you can either encrypt or decrypt a note using master password, or you can either press or select "One-time password" and enter any different password to encrypt or decrypt current note. 

This will allow you to share encrypted notes with other people without revealing your own master password - just use one-time password feature and share the note to other people. They in turn can decrypt those notes using the same one-time password feature - Saferoom will just ask them to put password manually during decryption.

 

In the next post you will find the links to the examples.

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Another update to Saferoom brings functionality of one-time passwords. That means you can now create encrypted notes and share them with other users without revealing your master passwords. Take a look how easy it is - 
 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgZLw1JHxS8

 

Here is the detailed video how to use One-Time passwords with Saferoom MacOS:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIWPwnQAwcw

 

And here is the demo of Saferoom Windows:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzVEgFj36Es

 

Saferoom iOS is already under review in App Store. I will post the video with one-time passwords in Saferoom iOS as soon as it is approved by Apple.

 

 

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Here are three simple steps to encrypt an Evernote note in Saferoom MacOS:

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Hello ilia5101982,

 

That's really a feature that's missing in Evernote! Thank you for your work! :-)

 

Do you plan an Android version too?

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Hola, evernote-fan,

 

Yep, we at final stages of the development (encryption works fine, user interface tweaks left) and soon we will start beta testing of Android client. You can follow us on twitter (@saferoom_app) where we post updated. 

 

I really hope we can release it this September, let's see how beta tests go.

 

Kudos,

Ilia

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Hi,

When Will it be released for Google Drive?

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I installed this app and endured it for about 10 minutes while I looked for a way to stop the pop-ups notifying me every second about encrypting / decrypting together with an annoying ding even though Windows sounds is marked as 'none'.  After 10 minutes of this harassment, I uninstalled the program.  

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Hello,

 

When Will it be released for Google Drive?

 

zir, thank you for your interest. For Google Drive I think we will start in December. First we will try to support Dropbox, and then we will start investigations about Google Drive. Meanwhile, you can try Boxcryptor which might be a good solution for Google Drive only - only check if they are really zero-knowledge.

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I installed this app and endured it for about 10 minutes while I looked for a way to stop the pop-ups notifying me every second about encrypting / decrypting together with an annoying ding even though Windows sounds is marked as 'none'.  After 10 minutes of this harassment, I uninstalled the program.  

 

Hello, incantata,

 

I am deeply sorry that you had such a negative experience. And it hurts me even more because this negative experience is the result of my mistake - I think that you have installed the old version of Saferoom which had a timer support. It executed encryption/decryption operation based on configurable timer. By default it was set to 1 minute only. 

 

We quickly realized that it was not a very good for users based on the same frustrating experience that you and other users had. Our new version that you can download from here does not have such functionality and is informing you only when you run the encryption or decryption operation. 

 

My mistake was that in earlier posts I did not change the links for download - old links were forwarding users to CNET download. We are not placing our software there anymore. Here is a correct link:

http://en.softonic.com/s/saferoom:windows-mac-iphone-android-windows-phone-7-web-apps/windows

 

I really hope that you will give it a second try and maybe this time it will not be so annoying. 

I have already agreed that this weekend we will add two improvements - an indicator in the main window of the decryption/encryption process and an option to remove any pop-ups.

 

Thanks a lot for your feedback,

Cheers,

Ilia

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EDIT: The problem is resolved after I tried the Tools -> Clear Cache function.

 

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Hi,

 

Love this project, thanks for all the work on getting encryption integrated with Evernote! Very useful!

 

Do you have bug reporting system?

 

I've installed Saferoom 1.2 on Windows 8. I found it was working working with the default notebook settings but I'm having an issue after I changed the default notebook names. I changed the Encrypt From and Encrypt To notebooks names:

 

Encrypt From: Saferoom_Encrypt

Encrypt To: Saferoom_Encrypted

 

When I click 'Encrypt', the log shows a successful encryption but the encrypted files do not appear in the 'Saferoom_Encrypted' notebook.

 

Thanks!

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I'm also interested in SafeRoom, but I'm a little bit concerned about the encryption format: is it a standard format (7zip, ...) or is it a proprietary one? In the latter case, how can I prevent data loss in case SafeRoom would cease to exist?

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Hi, eric99,

 

We are using standard AES-512 algorithm. And we are using standard iOS/Android/MacOS/Windows built-in libraries that work with it.

 

Regards,

Ilia

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This product seems to be very well developed.. At the moment though, I have a very limited Internet connection speed and i depend upon a lot of Evernote Indexer Files, and MetaData tagging.. Sure, I would love to have it all encrypted, but at the moment, my other needs are more important with inbuilt Evernote functionality than encryption..

 

And already my internet connection is .. :angry::( for the past few months..

 

But, I am sure that this is defintely a product in need.. Maybe, when I am a little free, i might consider this product atleast to encrypt my Personal diary journal in Evernote.. :)

 

Good Luck with this product guys.. We need more and more Third Party developers to develop functionalities that are not being natively provided by Evernote.. :)

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Is there a possibility to encrypt/decrypt notes in the Web Client when EN for Windows is not installed?

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Hallo, Panzerkampfwagen,

 

Yes, unfortunately, this is a trade-off one have to make - either you have full encryption or indexing. However, it does not mean that there is no golden middle. We are investigating this question closely. I think that you need to search through many notes which include many different types of data like PDFs, images and etc. If they all are encrypted then you cannot search. 

 

We will try to find a way to provide at least partially indexing functionality and keep encryption still on current level. There are ways to achieve that - we are now "playing" with recognition tags, no good progress so far.

 

I just wanted to mention that we are looking into that seriously.

 

Thank you,

Ilia

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