Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Why is SafeNotes free?

Because it can. We could have provided it, so it's here. If you can give us a little donation, please do it.

I'm an inexperienced PC user. How can I install SafeNotes?

1. Go to the safenotes.org website.
2. Click on the button labeled “DOWNLOAD”.
3. Many browsers will ask you to confirm whether you want to download this file, so click the “Save” button.
4. After downloading double-click on SafeNotesSetup.exe in your Downloads folder.
5. You'll be asked if you want to allow the installation of this program. Click the “Yes” button.
6. A window will open, asking what language you want to use.
7. A window with the license agreement will open up, read and accept the license agreement. Click the “Next” button.
8. Now you can see where SafeNotes will be installed. Don't change this information. Click the “Next” button.
9. The next window allows you to choose additional tasks. Don't change the settings. Click the “Next” button.
A. Now you can see “Ready to Install” window . Click the “Install” button.
B. When the installation completes, click the “Finish” button to close the wizard.

I'm an inexperienced PC user. I have installed SafeNotes. How can I create my password protected notes?

1. Run SafeNotes
2. Click File/New
3. Write any text
4. Click File/Save. Write filename and password
5. Close the program - Click File/Exit


Is it really free?

Yes, its free for private non-commercial use. This free version will never expire.

Is it necessary to register?

Absolutely not!

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How to register?

Registration steps:
1/ Fill in the registration form in SafeNotes application
2/ Send to us via your email address
3/ After successful registering, you will receive registration email


TIP:
Below is an example of such email. You can use this for test purposes. Registration password is "alice+bob". After trying delete file "SafeNotesLic.key" and "SafeNotesReg.key" in directory "SafeData\Settings\Keys".

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THIS IS AN AUTO-GENERATED MESSAGE - PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE

Data in this e-mail activates your Safe Notes.

To complete product registration
1. save this e-mail as a text into clipboard
2. start SafeNotes and open new memo (File|New)
3. set password (Tools|Set Password) to your registration password
4. paste clipboard (Edit|Paste)

You musst have a correct registration password!

If you need support, visit the Web site: http://safenotes.org/

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Safe Notes - Product Registration (0000000000) - License:00000000D
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Download Demo registration email as textfile.

More info available here.

My SafeNotes application with many visible files is running on my screen. When someone comes to me, how can I hide it quickly?

Press F1 to instantly minimize :)

Can someone read the contents without a password? What if I forgot my password?

A simple answer - absolutely not! If you have forgotten your password, your data are lost.

Used six cipher in cascade are the best: Blowfish(448bit) + AES(256bit) + Twofish(256bit) + Serpent(256bit) + CAST6(256bit) + IDEA(128bit)
For more information, see Cryptography and White Paper.

What is a safe password?

This is a good question.

The only weak point in SafeNotes is your password. Using purely random alphanumerically characters (a-z, A-Z, 0-9) as your passphrase, you need to specify 11 unique characters for 64-bit security. To solve this problem there is built-in passphrase dialog always displaying computed password quality. See the table below.

Supercomputer with 50 petaFLOPS will be need 7019 years for attack to 64-bit password in Safe Notes. It would be cost thousands of billions dollars!


However, be careful about using causal spoken words, which can be found in dictionary. Theese passwords are easier to break. If you prefer a sentence as a password, you can view the strength in section "Dictionary analysis". This feature works only when there is a separator between the words in your password phrase.

SafeNotes use random 256-bit salt to prevent Rainbow table attacks, so a dictionary attack can't use Rainbow tables technique.

To sum it up, the SafeNotes files are sufficiently protected if the password quality reaches 48-bit. Even the supercomputer would need a few days to break it. An 56-bit password would need a few decades and an 64-bit password would need a thousand of years to break. Theoretically, costs for break 48-bit password would be $63 million dollars.

TOP SECRET: For maximum safety, even after the third millennium, we recommend using a 160-bit password or higher.


With 50 characters you can create 512-bit password! And Keyfile add true random 320bits. Then total user-password-security is 832-bits.

For more details, you should check different sections. Detailed info available in SafeNotes White Papers.

What characters can I use for my password?

Absolutely any. You can use standard ANSI chars 32-127, extended 128-255, special 1-31. You can use any unicode char, defined/undefined 1-65535. For the use of all the possibilities, Advanced mode must be enabled.


For input with keyboard you can swith between various keyboards language mapping, or use Alt+Numkeys. It is also possible to type hexadecimal 4-digits number and then Alt+X key for any unicode value. For decimal input, type "*"-key, then one, two or three digits and then Alt+X key. In visible mode you can see number values for every character in password. This will help you to prevent occuring many unwanted errors. This feature is only available, when the "Advanced mode" is enabled.

Legal secrecy, what is it?

The secrecy of correspondence (German: Briefgeheimnis, French: secret de la correspondance) or literally translated as secrecy of letters, is a fundamental legal principle enshrined in the constitutions of several European countries. Defined in The Charter of Fundamental Rights and Basic Freedoms or Grundrechte etc.

Do you want to translate SafeNotes to your language or update an old translation?

You can! Translate or modify the file "\ArtbyMind\SafeNotes\SafeData\Settings\Lang\LangEN.lng" and send this file to us (translator at artbymind.com). Thank you for your support!

TIPS:
[1] First, copy LangEN.lng to LangXX.lng and use this new copy.
[2] When you choose language file (via menu Help|Language|Other..) identical as edited file then after "Save" command application automatically use last saved translation file. You can see in real-time your translation.