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Safe - volume encryption

Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:16 am
by I am Baas
Safe is an application that makes it easy to encrypt your files. When you encrypt your files with Safe they are rendered unreadable to anyone who doesn't have your password.

Safe is cross-platform and currently runs on Windows and Mac OS X. It works with all applications and file types and can store encrypted files anywhere. It's also compatible with EncFS volumes.

Safe is licensed under the GPLv3 and is based on free software.

Re: Safe

Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:31 pm
by TP109
Safe is a tiny single executable (<1MB) and is very easy to use compared to TrueCrypt. It doesn't support pagefile encryption or run on a ramdisk on WinXP, although this isn't a big deal since XP is on its way out. The differences between Safe and TrueCrypt are briefly discussed on the Safe-About page here:
How is Safe different from TrueCrypt?

In short, Safe is file-based and TrueCrypt is block-based. Neither is strictly better and the pros and cons of both approaches are explained in detail at the EncFS extended introduction page.

In general, if you're wondering why you'd use Safe over TrueCrypt, here is quick summary:

Safe allows you to use your existing EncFS encrypted data on Mac/Windows.
Per-file encryption is much faster on network storage you don't control, like NFS, SMB, Drobo, Space Monkey, Dropbox, Google Drive. Most of their drivers/protocols are file-based. TrueCrypt is block-based, i.e. all data is stored as a single potentially giant file. This affects the performance of algorithms focused on caching and deduplication.
Safe was designed to be much easier than TrueCrypt to use. Try making a new encrypted disk with TrueCrypt, then do the same process with Safe and you'll see what I mean. TrueCrypt is very intimidating to set up for people who don't intimately understand how cryptography works. Safe just chooses the most secure defaults.

Please understand that Safe is not a competitor to TrueCrypt. They are different tools for different situations. Use the right tool depending on the nature of the data you are keeping privte. Safe is another tool in this ecosystem of encyption tools. The main goal is to help more people take control of how their data is stored and transmitted and to hopefully bootstrap mainstream digital privacy awareness.

Re: Safe - volume encryption

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:21 pm
by webfork
[Moderator note: posts about EncFS encryption were given their own thread.]

Re: Safe - volume encryption

Posted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:10 pm
by webfork
Old thread update: at least according to the Twitter site (I'm not seeing a lot of clear dates or release notes on the main site) this hasn't seen any updates in a little over a year (Nov 2016):