OneSafe Beta2 is here

Hello! It has been a while since our last post. We’ve had a lot going on at OneSafe. We are excited to announce the release of OneSafe public Beta2, the latest version of OneSafe with a lot of new and improved features.

We started working on OneSafe because we believe that privacy matters. There are few tools on the market today to protect yourself online, but most of them are too technical for the average person. It has always been our goal to create approachable software that can be used by everyone.

OneSafe Beta1 was launched a little under 1 year ago. In that time, we’ve had some ups and downs but we’ve stayed true to our mission. We’ve maintained a small user base over this time and their feedback inspired us to continue working on OneSafe. Over the past 6 months, we’ve quietly been at work developing our next release. We’ve got some really great features for both current users and our future users. Below you can find a breakdown of all the new goodies in this release.

Safe

Your favorite Safe, the advanced secure place for your digital assets, is getting better and faster. While our encryption in Beta1 was robust it hasn’t always been super fast.  That changes in this release, though!  User’s will now experience blazing fast encryption speeds that are orders of magnitude faster than in earlier versions.  Also, file encryption now takes place in the background so users can continue to use OneSafe even as they are encrypting one, or many files.

One thing has not changed, and it will never change, is the zero-knowledge encryption. We know nothing about what you are uploading or downloading on our server, and we do not save anything. Your files will be encrypted on your device with your own key. Nobody else, including OneSafe, will be able to see your data. Your files will look like gibberish to prying eyes.

Safe for your digital assets

Drive

Drive, by OneSafe, is our way making cloud storage more convenient than ever for our users.

With Drive, users can view all of their cloud files through OneSafe. User’s can connect multiple cloud storage accounts to their OneSafe and view all of the files right in our file explorer. This eliminates the need for remember which file is kept where and makes OneSafe your one-stop for accessing your cloud files where you can access, manage, and search.

Drive connects to your cloud

One-click protection

One-click to encrypt your file; one-click to connect to your cloud; one-click to enable secured backup. We developed the simplest way for you to protect your privacy in the cloud, with all the complicated parts kept under the covers.

OneSafe OneClick Encryption

A completely new user interface

Layouts, text, fonts, even iconography have been updated and improved to bring OneSafe inline with popular design practices for the web.  User’s can expect a great, visually pleasing experience.

Plus lots, lots more…

  • Password change and password reset- The only client-side encryption service where you can reset your password without losing your data.
  • Support for Microsoft’s OneDrive – Now connect to even more clouds.
  • Batch parallel encrypting and uploading – Upload many files at once
  • Encrypt and upload in the background -You can now still interact with OneSafe while files are uploading.
  • OAuth now supported with Google, Dropbox, and Live accounts – Get started with OneSafe even easier with our quick OAuth signup process.  Account creation takes less than 30 seconds!
  • Mobile Support – You use OneSafe.io on your mobile phone or tablet.  Our layout is now entirely responsive to your screen size.
  • Drag & Drop – Drag and drop files to upload and/or encrypt.
  • Search – You can now search for files in all of your clouds via Drive Search.

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What is missing from this release?

Well, for one, sharing isn’t ready yet. We’ve been working hard to enable sharing but unfortunately, we just aren’t there yet.  Don’t worry though.  We should have it ready in time for our next release in approximately 3 months.

But what else is missing?  Well, how about you tell us!  Click here or reach out to us on Twitter to let us know about other features that you need to make your OneSafe experience awesome.  You can use those same contact methods for letting us know of bugs also.

Pop culture and security

 

Clouds

There’s been a lot in the news recently about security and privacy.  About a two years ago Edward Snowden gave the world revelations about widespread spying by the US government and her allies (check out Citizenfour – an upcoming movie on the topic).  1 year later several tens of female celebrities had their iCloud account’s hacked and personal photos released, and just recently Ashley Madison there were two more events.  Ashley Madison had the personal information of all of their users leaked online and Hillary Clinton is getting flack for using a private e-mail server when working at the State Department.

There have of course been other events as well, but the ones listed above are the major events.  With all of this going on it is easy to see why security and privacy in regards to online activity is a hot topic on the news, social media, and in day to day conversations between ordinary people.

What people need, and what the world needs, are tools that can be used by average folks to protect themselves.  For tech-savvy users there are TOR nodes, bitcoins, NoScript, etc. But these tools can be complicated and are too much of a burden to use for most people.   We’ve learned through experience that users do want security and privacy but oftentimes don’t want to inconvenience themselves or lessen the user experience.  With that in mind, our upcoming release of OneSafe has been specifically re-designed to add features that improve the user experience while maintaining the level of security in previous versions.

It is a fine balancing act between a high level of security and a great user experience.  We’ve struck a fine balance in our upcoming release and we hope you agree.

How we started OneSafe – A real story from a team member

 

Are hard drives safe enough?

2 years ago, I bought a 2TB hard drive for my home as a way to backup all my personal files, business files, photos and song. One morning about 1 year later the hard drive crashed and I couldn’t access my files. When I turned it on it made a terrible sound like scratching a needle on a disc. I took it to a data-recovery specialist and found out it would cost at least 3500 dollars to recover all of my data with no guarantee.

I stopped purchasing hard drives after that experience and started moving all of my data to cloud storage.  As an engineer, I can tell you that a cloud drive is way more reliable than the hard drive sitting on your desk or the one spinning in your laptop.  Data centers maintain constant temperature and humidity (to reduce the defect rate of hard drives) and are redundant both geographically and within the same data center.  This means that if the specific hard drive storing your data crashes or breaks that the user won’t lose their data.  In fact, your access to the data won’t be interrupted at all and you wouldn’t even know something catastrophic happened.

I pay about 15 dollars per month for 2TB of cloud storage. It is a good decision because, in addition to all of the reliability benefits, I can access my files anywhere and easily share with friends and colleagues.

There are drawbacks though. The most important concern is my privacy and data security. How can I protect my privacy when I put all my data into the cloud? What happens if my account is hacked?  What if I lose my password?  Once I put my data in the cloud there are risks that others will be able to see my data.  There have been countless stories in the news about data breaches happening. Edward Snowden told the world about government invasion of privacy on a gigantic scale and more recently a large number of female celebrities had photos hacked and then leaked from their iCloud accounts.

It is these risks and drawbacks which spurred my talent partners and me to create OneSafe.

We need a product to help user’s protect their privacy and data in the cloud.It is an easy-to-use service for our daily digital life.

After a lot of hard work, we have released a new website to introduce our upcoming public Beta2 of OneSafe, which will be released in about two months. Please sign up on our mailing list to get notified when the product launches.

Thank you!

Ashley Madison – Another reason not to trust others with your data

The Ashley Madison leak is a great example of why you can’t trust companies with your data.
Here is a quick synopsis of what happened: Ashley Madison (AM) is a dating website catering to people already in a relationship.  So in short, it is meant for people that cheat on their partners.  Because of that, privacy is very important.  AM offered a paid service that allowed users to be ‘permanently’ deleted from the AM database when they were done using the site.  If you are going to cheat, a feature like this makes a lot of sense since it would better ensure you wouldn’t be caught in the future.
Someone, somewhere, got wind that AM wasn’t actually deleting these user’s accounts and really the user data was still present.  They took the data hostage, and gave an ultimatum to AM‘s parent company that AM needs to be taken down permanently or all user data would be publicly released (including those users who had ‘deleted’ their profiles).
AM refused this request and here we stand today.  There are multiple sites already up where anyone go to easy search the released data searching for the names of colleagues, friends, neighbors, and partners.
What is the lesson here?
No one can be trusted with your data besides yourself.  That is why OneSafe is great.  We give you the tools you need to protect yourself online.  Our tools are easy and simple to use.  There are tons of products already on the market for tech-savvy user’s that care about privacy.  But those tools are cumbersome, bulky, and generally have a bad user experience.
We’ve created a product that will bring online security to the everyone.  It is simple to use, powerful, and most importantly, it enables users to protect themselves.

What have we been up to?

 

OneSafe at FeatureFriday

Hey folks,

It’s been all quiet on the western front for a few weeks now.  Don’t worry, we haven’t gone anywhere. We’ve just been knee deep rocking the product-side.  We are doing our best to ship a new and improved version of OneSafe that’s going to take us and the product to the next level.

We’ve focused in on our mission and its helped guide us in creating a new version of the product.  Our mission is to bring security and privacy tools to the general public.  There are already tons of tools out there for the technically savvy and those ‘in-the-know’, but not much exists for regular Joes and Janes.  We learned in our first release that many people do value privacy and security online BUT most folks aren’t willing to be too inconvenienced to achieve it.  Therefore, we’ve put a sharper focus and more effort into simplifying OneSafe and adding a few non-security related features that people are going to love.

It’ll still be a few months before we are ready to ship, but in the meantime make sure to check back often because future posts are going to focus on these new features and also let a few details slip about our upcoming kickstart campaign which we are going to need to take this over the finish line.

All the best!
The OneSafe team

How I learned to stop worrying and love the cloud

Cheers!

Cloud storage is awesome.  Its convenient and easy to use.   You can access your files anywhere, anytime, from any computer.  There is a problem though, that should have you worried.  Your cloud files are stored, oftentimes unencrypted, on the servers of your cloud storage provider.  That’s right.  Right now, sitting on some Google or Dropbox server are photos, videos, or documents that you don’t want other people to see.  There are a bunch of ways YOUR files could be viewed by other people.

1) Your account is hacked
2) Someone finds out your password
3) Your cloud storage provider’s servers are compomised
4) Government ‘data collection’

If any of those things happen to you then all of your data is now out there, floating around the internet.

But like the title says, I’ve stopped worrying.   I stopped worrying because of OneSafeBox.  OneSafeBox takes all of your private, personal data and adds a layer of security on top.  If any of those 4 things happens to my account I don’t need to be scared because my sensitive data will stay secure and out of reach.

Why Backing up to the Cloud Isn’t Enough

Back up

If you’re like most individuals concerned about keeping their critical information safe from hard drive failures, natural disasters, burglary and other catastrophes, you may be finding yourself with your head in the clouds — thinking about cloud storage and backup, that is. Off-site storage of data to a robust, redundant server system can help ensure that at least one copy of that data survives, even if your home or workplace doesn’t. But simply sending your data up into the cloud isn’t enough to make it completely safe.

What’s the problem? When you upload data to a cloud-based server, that stream of information is vulnerable to interception by third parties such as identity thieves, hackers, and blackmailers. Even after the information has landed on the cloud server, anyone who manages to break the server’s security safeguards can view the contents of whatever you’ve uploaded. So while you’ve saved your files from destruction, you’ve also exposed them to the threat of prying eyes.

Many cloud storage providers try to reassure their clients by offering some degree of protection, but the degree of actual encryption can vary widely from provider to provider. That’s because encryption is a pricey proposition that eats into their overhead. The providers may compensate for this expense by reducing the types or amount of data that is actually encrypted and/or the level of encryption strength. They may even resort to workarounds such as obfuscation (which merely makes the material harder to decipher) or redaction (the selective jumbling or blacking out of particular sections).

That’s why you need a strong, versatile third-party cloud encryption service like us.

OneSafebox applies the encryption on your end of the upload before the transmission ever gets sent, to make the data completely unreadable by the cloud provider and anyone else who happens to gain access to it. There’s only one encryption key in existence for that data, and you’ve got it.

Add OneSafebox as your cloud privacy solution — and rest easy in the knowledge that your critical information is now safe! Sign Up now! It’s FREE!

-William R

OneSafe is not another cloud storage provider

Cloud storage

When we talk with people about OneSafeBox, a popular question we hear is whether or not we are a cloud storage provider. The answer is simple and clear: no, we are not.

OneSafeBox does not provide cloud storage to users but provides an add-on layer of privacy protection to a user’s already existing cloud storage provider, like Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive. We do not store any of your files not even temporarily.

When you upload files through OneSafeBox, these files will be first encrypted on your device – your laptop, desktop, tablet or smartphones, then uploaded to the cloud storage account that you previously linked with OneSafeBox. Likewise, when you download, preview or share files, your encrypted segments will be downloaded first from the cloud storage account and then decrypted on your device.  This process all happens ‘behind the scenes’ and takes only a few seconds.

You still benefit by getting to use your regular cloud storage account but now your files are fully protected.  OneSafeBox is THE way keep your cloud data safe.

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Enterprise IT professionals concern about data security in the Cloud. And how to address that?

There was a survey recently at an RSA conference about Cloud security. Perspecsys asked over 125 attendees how they control their cloud data.  (you can see the complete survey result here)

Here are a few interesting points. In terms of protecting and controlling enterprise data in the Cloud,  48% respondents do not trust their Cloud Service Provider. 55% say their organization’s adoption of public cloud applications may have been impacted by the “Snowden effect”.

As a former Network Architect for a Fortune 500 company, I totally understand where their concern comes from. Enterprise data security is a hot topic these days. Companies dont wan’t to find themselves plastered over the news for data leaks.  Although Cloud computing may provide a lot of flexibility and agility to their customers and employees, many companies still hesitate to take full advantage ofthe cloud because of the lack of protection and control over their data.

Edward Snowden made it even worse.  He revealed that service providers may have to provide governments access to customer data.  Nobody can guarantee the information government gathers is 100% bulletproof from competitors.

OneSafeBox is designed to address the specific issues facing companies that are reluctant to fully commit to the cloud. OneSafeBox makes it safe to store private data on the public cloud.  The data is safe from hackers, who can cause data breaches but it is also safe from governments that demand access.  This is because OneSafeBox doesn’t store the encryption keys needed to decrypt data.  Only the user has access to these keys and therefore no one but the user can see the data.

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How does OneSafe maximize your cloud safety?

A Safe for your cloud

We wanted to spend some time in this post discussing how OneSafeBox keeps your data safe in a variety of scenarios such as when the cloud storage provider is down or when your account is compromised or when your internet traffic is being snooped.

When the cloud storage provider is down:

OneSafeBox uses what we call Mirror Technology to replicate your files across all of your cloud storage accounts.  If you upload an encrypted file via OneSafeBox then that file will be copied to all of your linked storage accounts.  If one store provider is down you can always access the file through one of your other accounts.  Just a few weeks ago Dropbox went down unexpectedly.  This wasn’t a problem for OneSafeBox users!

When your cloud storage account has been compromised:

Hackers often successfully compromise cloud storage accounts.  There have been examples of this recently in the news.  In October of last year it was revealed that 7 million Dropbox accounts were potentially compromised.  Prior to that was the highly covered celebrity photo leaks.

Files encrypted with OneSafeBox are safe from hackers and others that compromise accounts.  The reason is that these files are encrypted with a unique key known only to the user.  Someone gaining access to your account will see only encrypted nonsense when looking at your private data.

When your internet traffic is being snooped:

It is possible for a person or entity to view your internet traffic through a variety of methods, such as deep packet inspection performed by ISPs.  OneSafeBox protects your data from such methods in two key ways.  First, your data is never sent unenecrypted over the internet.  Files are always encrypted locally first before being sent to the respective cloud storage provider.  Second, your encryption keys are also never sent over the internet.  A hashed version of your encryption keys are stored in our service and sent to the device when encryption or decryption needs to be performed.  The client takes this hashed encryption key and is able to uniquely convert it into a key that can be used for encryption or decryption.

 

A user can easily prevent their data from being compromised via one of these common scenarios by using OneSafeBox.

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