What am I ?
Let me introduce myself. My name is cpVault. I'm an application that lets you securely store and share text content called cpCards.
How secure am I ?
There are three important things to point out:
1. I use a very sophisticated encryption algorithm that makes your content impossible to decipher. To achieve that, I break your content apart and store encrypted pieces of it partly on your device and partly in the database. So no complete data ever leaves your device. If you loose the device, your data is safe. If database gets compromised, your data is safe as well.
2. I give you an easy way to enter and remember very difficult passwords containing unusual letters and glyphs from many different alphabets mixed together. I give you 500+ glyphs to choose from (for comparison, traditional systems give you a little over 60 symbols). Take a look at my built in keyboard, especially the 'keyboard set' feature and Mode Four.
3. My built in keyboard protects you against key-loggers.
Do I store any information about the users ?
No, I only need your email address so you can activate your account. Users privacy is number one priority for me.
What is cpVault account ?
cpVault account is a way to identify you as a user and assign the ownership of cpCards you create to you.
To create an account you have to provide a valid email address that belongs to you and set a password (more on passwords in PASSWORD section).
After account has been created you have to log in to your email account and click the Activation Link inside the message you received from cpVault.
That's it, you can log in to the application now and start using it.
Can a password be changed after account creation ?
In short, Yes. Just click 'account' button after you log in. You will be able to provide a new password and retype it to make sure it's correct. Then click 'confirm' button and you will be asked to type in the old password to authenticate such an importand change and click 'confirm' again or 'cancel' if you've changed your mind.
Can login or email be changed too ?
No. For security resons those stay the same. This protects you from someone stealing your account by changing an email. It is safe to assume that your email is not going to change owners.
What should I do to upgrade my account ?
In order to ugrade your account please visit the <Pricing tab>
It will be visible after you log in.
If you don't have an account yet, please create one within cpVault mobile application.
You will be able to log in to this website using the same account credentials.
What is the cpCard ?
It is a note that is being encoded to secure your content and decoded back when you need it.
You can share it with you Friends or keep it completely private. More about sharing in FRIENDS and SHARING sections.
Every cpCard is encrypted by an individual password you set. More on passwords in PASSWORDS section.
What can you store and secure in a cpCard ?
Anything in text format: cooking recipes, credit card numbers, passwords, pin codes, you name it. Whatever you need to keep safe and with you all the time.
Passwords, what else there is to know ?
I offer you a completely new level of security: custom passwords.
You can now create your passwords using symbols you probably didn't know existed.
Imagine how difficult it would be for a bad guy to try every combination out of 500+ symbols.
Compare this feature to systems you currently use. Most of them offer a little over 60 different symbols.
How secure my passwords really are ?
I'm going to get a bit nerdy.
Let's assume that our password is 8 characters long. (You can create longer passwords, no problem but just for comparison we need to assume that)
Let's assume that the bad guy can check 1 billion combinations per second.
In case of traditional systems (66 different possible symbols) any 8 character password will be broken in around 2 days and 2 hours.
In cpVaults custom password case (538 different possible symbols) the 8 character password would be discovered in around 111 thousand years.
Probably by that time information you are keeping secret will no longer be relevant.
Why another software keyboard ?
My built in keyboard is not just an ordinary software keyboard. It has at least two major advantages.
1. Mode Four, the password mode. It let's you type in custom passwords made out of a vast array of symbols.
Mode Four displays the keyboard layout for a particular 'keyboard set' entered in 'keyboard set' input field.
'Keyboard set' can contain up to 12 symbols and generates a unique keyboard layout for each set. 'Keyboard set' changes only Mode Four keyboard layout, traditional modes are left intact.
For your convenience there is also a visual aid of traditional 'qwerty' keyboard symbols next to generated glyphs.
So if you remember what 'keyboard set' you used you can be sure that you're typing the right password.
Just imagine the bad guy trying different keyboard sets and different passwords on each one.
2. The other concern was to eliminate the threat of key-loggers. With my built in keyboard, this way of stealing passwords will simply not work.
What can be done on browsing screen ?
You can add and choose for editing your cpCards.
You can also mark a cpCard as read only so you won't accidantally edit it. You can go back to edit mode at any moment though.
You can sort your cpCards by name or by date to find the one you're looking for.
Why do I need friends in cpVault ?
Friends are tightly coupled with Sharing.
In order to share a cpCard you have to add somebody to your friends list.
To do it just click on 'add friend' button and provide an email. The same one that is assigned to your friends account. He or she will receive an invitation from you and after accepting it you both have Friends status and can share cpCard with each other.
Who needs friends anyway ?
You can revoke a friend status at any moment.
How sharing and security go together ?
Very good question.
Giving the contents of your secret information to anybody may be considered at best unwise.
That is why you only mark a cpCard as shared with a particular user that is on your Friends list.
Your friend has to know the password/cypher you used to encode the cpCard with and get a .cpc file that contains the part of content that is necessary to decode it.
You will find .cpc files for your cpCards in your <UsersDirectory>/cpVault/<your_login>/ folder on your device.
Please do not modify their names as any modification will result in making them impossible to decipher.
It is generally smart to make backup copies of them from time to time but for sharing you have to find a file corresponding to a cpCard you're sharing and send it to your friend or give it to your friend on a PenDrive or any other medium of your choosing. The second option being the most secure.
Remember that .cpc file alone and password is not enough to decode the cpCard. Such a cpCard has to be marked as shared with a particular account.
There are four importand things to remember while sharing.
1. If you receive a .cpc file from your friend, put it in your <UsersDirectory>/cpVault/<your_login>/shares/ folder.
2. You have complete control of whom you share your cpCards with.
3. Even if you have given your .cpc file and password to your "friend" and changed your mind immediately afterwords you can just go to "shares' screen and remove the share. Your friend will not be able to decode your cpCard if you do this.
4. When you modify a cpCard you have to resend or "regive" the .cpc file to your friend for him or her to access the new version of the cpCard again. (provided you used the same password, if used a different one you have to update your friend about it as well)
What can be done on options screen ?
You can change the language, adjust sound parameters and other things to your liking.