When you are using a note-taking app, you are bound to be concerned about the security of your notes. At Cylix, we do not want you to worry about how your data is being stored, encrypted and secured. You should also know about how to get your data out of the app, should you want to move it elsewhere. This blog post aims to explain any questions you may have about your data on Cylix.
Encrypted Data on Cylix: the Standards
On Cylix, your data is protected by AES-256 and RSA-2048 encryption standards. Let us take a look at what this means in detail.
AES-256 is used by the US Government and other entities for protecting top secret information. AES stands for Advanced Encryption Standard. You may know that in encrypting data, a ‘key’ or ‘password’ is used to lock and unlock the data. 256 refers to the number of bits that make up the password to ‘lock’ and ‘unlock’ the data, in layman’s terms.
Banks usually use 256-bit encryption for security. A hacker would need to go through 2^256 different combinations to break the ‘lock’ that will give him access to your data. It is not easy to unlock encrypted data that is locked with such a password. AES-256 is used to protect text and other files locally, on your computer. The key remains on your computer, and no one else can decrypt the data unless you give them the password. In other words, we at Cylix cannot get your key nor can we decrypt the data stored on your computer.
AES-256 is often used along with RSA-2048. RSA-2048 is used to encrypt small data, such as the AES-256 encryption key for your files. In other words, your notes on Cylix are protected through two powerful layers of encryption.
Why is Data Encryption Important?
If you’reusing Cylix for personal use, blogging or note-taking in class, you may not be too concerned about encryption. However, Cylix also has business users who use it for knowledge management. Many small and medium businesses, as well as enterprise clients, use Cylix to store, for example, code snippets, functional requirements, PDF reports that contain sensitive information. If this data falls into the wrong hands, it could mean financial losses.
Many note-taking software applications nowadays use encryption to make sure that the user’s data is safe, and for their eyes only. However, these are stored on software maker’s servers or cloud premises which are by no means 100% safe.
With Cylix, all your projects are protected by unique passwords. When you create a new project, you are required to create a password. When you would like to open one of your old projects, the program will ask you for your password. No one but you can lay hands on your notes, even when such unfortunate events like WannaCry or Petya/NotPetya ransomware cyber attacks happen. The computer might be vulnerable, but your encrypted data is safe. In such scenarios, backup is highly relevant, so that even when data is lost, it cannot be accessed by hackers and it can be recovered safely.
How Do I Export Data from Cylix?
If your notes contain encrypted data, how do you export them? The application takes care of that. To export a project to another location on your computer, so that you can look at it outside the app, simply right-click on the project, choose ‘Export to Local Disk’ and give the export a name and location.
In this way, only you have the power to look at your encrypted data outside the project. If you want to share the file, you can share this exported project via a secure network.
Cylix does not currently offer backups, but this will come with one of our future releases. Make sure that you always backup your projects in a safe and resilient location.