The standards of security have changed over history, but they have always been that needed consideration. From the ancient times of codes and encryptions, offshoots of the popular languages to hide discreet information from prying eyes, to the more modern variant of safeguarding, the handcuff and the briefcase to ensure only the right person with the essential information will possess it and distribute it accordingly. The methods change but the need is always there; the need for highly secure information is a constant concern in the realm of business.
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In this modern age of technology, we enjoy the most rapid and widespread form of information distribution. People across the world are capable of relaying data to one another across the Internet. It has revolutionized the way business and transactions are conducted. And it has led to revolutions in security for all of that data to pass hands as safely as possible. Even then, there are compromises. With so much digital space to traverse, the opportunities for essential information to be intercepted or stolen are not uncommon.
The BSafes Project is designed from the ground up, open source client-side using no additional proprietary software, to help patch up the holes along the information highway where crucial data travels so that none of it can slip through cracks or be exposed to anyone other than its intended recipients. It is an information sharing service which restricts access through industry-standardized hard to crack methods and is made to be compatible with machines of different systems and levels of technology. BSafes allows teams to work together, providing end-to-end encryption so that it stays protected from the moment it’s sent to the moment it’s opened at its intended destination.
The main edge that BSafes offers in this age of information technology, a saturated market of safety options, is its end-to-end encryption. Already existing services such as Onenote, Google Keep, Evernote and Notion don’t have this functionality. Anyone within the network of these services could potentially intercept the data if it was sent improperly, or they could access it where it is stored. BSafes prioritizes protection from sender to user with no space or opportunity for any other party to involve itself with the data, not even the internet service provider.
End-to-End Encryption is in use currently with the WhatsApp messaging service, which protects the data sent in text messages from user to user. No one can see the message until it arrives at the destination it’s meant for. However, that service does not offer the range of note-taking services that BSafes has.
This is a comprehensive file sharing and information distribution platform, compatible with all modern HTML 5 browsers and platforms on all major operating systems. It’s capable of maintaining its encryption with files up to 500MB and can safely send up to 100 files at a time within that limit. With that all comes a standard WYSIWYG rich text editor for in-line editing of complex notes. It’s capable of making bullet lists, tables and writing with various formatting options for easy reading.
All of this is priced at $2.99 a month. This includes unlimited members to send to and team structures to include into a package. An entire business can be made or unmade on its security, and one responsible person can help lift them up out of uncertainty to ensure without question the security of their team’s important data. Whether Doctors, Lawyers or Financial Professionals, people handling sensitive and essential information within a closed network can make use of this software.
That’s not all, though. The standard rate gives access to unlimited upload bandwidth as well. Whole databases can be transferred from one person to the next over a secured connection with a realistically minimal chance of the data leaking to third parties. It also has 10 GB of cloud-based storage, which continues to incorporate the security of end-to-end encryption so that even someone with access to the storage could not receive the data unless they were permitted to by the sender/uploader.
Each month offers 5 GB of download per account and 5,000 page versions. These options can be expanded for larger scale businesses for only $0.99 a month. The price is affordable for small businesses with exacting security needs and expansive enough to accommodate major corporations and firms with many offices across their respective countries. Distance and upload limitations will no longer inhibit productivity as team members from far and wide will have free, safe access to their company’s data.
How does this all work, and more over, what exactly can be uploaded and sent from the system itself? The BSafes notetaking software generates notes which can have media rich content such as audio or video files, interactive photo galleries and other miscellaneous file attachments such as compiled executables for programming jobs. Pages can also have comments, regarding work orders or timetables to provide updates one who worked on each page last, as well as tags.
Once the pages are uploaded, the tags can be stored on them to help sort through them at a later date. For large companies, hundreds of these pages could be maintained and worked on daily. To easily search through them while maintaining their encryption, tags can be used to identify the content of the page and the relevance to whichever team needs to work on them. That way, the team members with their own decryption keys to unlock their projects will be able to find them easier and not have to search and scan through the dozens of pages they cannot access without the proper permissions.
The BSafes sharing works by having the owner of the account, the team leader for the file distribution or a project manager, create Teams and assign Members. Members receive their own individual Keys through the system, which are used to decrypt the files that are meant specifically for them. They won’t be able to open or manipulate any pages that don’t match to their own keys. Each page is meant for only certain members, so that the information they handle is not distributed to the wrong groups or outside parties.
Once pages are uploaded and tagged they can be searched in the database or linked to directly. Members can then access the pages to their own personal Workspace in the cloud. From there, the data is re-encrypted once it’s been worked on so that the Member maintains permissions to access it, allowing it to be distributed to other essential team members or to no one where it will stay secure on the cloud where it’s stored until future use is required. BSafes also allows files to be downloaded directly to a desktop for offline storage and reading.
BSafes works in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to manage data online. It provides world-class facilities in cloud storage. Because the data is encrypted not even Amazon staff in the data management centers is able to see the data which they are storing without the keys. Even the account holder cannot access data meant for individual members, only the key holders can open the pages. The encryption method combined with the infrastructure of one of the world’s largest technology storage companies ensures that your data is protected and sealed against all digital elements.
I’ve explained the benefits of this system in very specific terms, what it does and how it works, but there are still practical examples to use to help drive the point home of why BSafes is the premier tool for data security in the modern age.
Surely you’ve heard of some of the biggest cyber-security screw-ups in the most recent years? Yahoo and Equifax were two of the most prolific cases of such errors. For Equifax, the tax information for 143 Million of their customers who use their service to store and manage their tax data for the year was compromised. That means a third party, a person or group of people working to infiltrate the servers and steal the data, were successful and had access to everything from social security numbers to registered receipts of 143 million people. Among that number, a select few of 209,000 had their credit card information leaked to the public.
Yahoo suffered the worst of it. 3 billion accounts were registered to Yahoo at the time of its major breach, which happened during negotiations to sell its assets to Verizon. Once news broke that basically every single user of Yahoo, since they began operations assumedly, had been hacked and made for redistribution, the price of their potential sale spiked down by a few hundred million dollars. They boasted the use of a “robust bycrypt algorithm” but it still left the data in storage to be pried into by anyone that could assimilate a key of their own. If they used end-to-end encryption, where keys were unique to the end users and not to the storage server itself, all those hackers would have gotten was space-wasting digital white-noise.
As technology has progressed the industries have refined the tools necessary to protect their information. Some methods rose up to prominence only to be compromised and then quickly disposed as imperfect solutions. Others withstood long tests of time until they were brute-forced into obsolescence. Technology moves with such astounding speed that even a few years from today some new method may come along that will make everything before it look too simple and unworth attention. Our end-to-end service model removes that worry with a future-proofed and proven technology.
By establishing the Team and Member structure with known individuals within a network, the team members can administer the data accordingly in the same way they would walk right up to a person and pass a note to them palm-to-palm in a handshake gesture. Unseen, unknown and hidden to everyone but themselves. The secrecy remains the same, it’s just the transferral method that has changed. The person-to-person model of information sharing is still the most discreet.
The one stop made between those two entities, the air between the hands shaking, happens to be server space, and this is where most companies have fallen into historic blunders. Servers are not easy to manage. Aside from the physical space, they must accommodate many lanes and networks of traffic to get the data to flow through the company so that anyone who needs it will be able to access it as it’s needed. That means more exposures for more people, wider lanes and more potential for an unknown element to squeeze its way into the crowd and enter where they’re not permitted.
The wider the access, the less restrictions are necessary. Some legacy companies, major Fortune 500 conglomerates, will only use email validation for their financial information. And how secure is an email? Well, if it’s a Yahoo one, not very. Even Google had their own problems with emails, citing that over 4 billion emails have thus far been hacked. Having a gate that’s easy to enter for everyone means those who shouldn’t enter will come in too.
BSafes doesn’t use wide lanes for traffic. Each Member has their own key in that no one else has a copy of. It’s not an email, it’s a unique profiler specific to that person’s machine. The only way to get in without their permission is to sit at their workstation and log in as them while they’re not present. The safest barrier to computer protection, as in any data protection, remains to be the physical one. The handcuff and briefcase.
Any company or group using sensitive data deserves security to transfer it. Doctors deserve the security and sanctity of their reports and confidential patient information to be preserved as they commute the data to the necessary departments within a hospital to ensure appropriate tests are done. Lawyers deserve to keep their client communications strictly confidential so that only they and the approved parties within the purview of the law are able to know what is happening and being said. Programers should not have to worry or suffer over the mistakes of a service putting their hard worked code out onto the internet freely without their intention, to be replicated and stolen by the enterprising software thieves that could stand to publish it on their own.
There are many applications for BSafes. Data security is the focus, but the rate of transferral and the available storage and downloading space rivals that of the currently major file transfer services. With unlimited uploading and expandable storage space, it’s ideal for major high-fidelity media projects, remote-operation filming and video production. The freedom of file type inclusion means any industry, any profession can make use of this service so long as they have a need to share ideas or work among teams of people across the internet.
The age of information will keep progressing and data will become more widespread and easy to access. With Android systems, people can download whole movies with just a few taps of a phone screen. It will only become easier for people with less honest intentions to get that same data with just a few extra taps for no charge of their own, to pluck it out of the course in a network and take the data for themselves before it ever gets to the original destination. Simultaneously, the approach of peer-to-peer direct data sharing has already been exampled by crypto-currency networks using the encrypted hashing of block chains to generate direct value for many people.
In the end, no matter how complex and rapid the sharing of data becomes, the simplest solutions will always function just as well as they did in the days before internet. No phone calls at unserviceable hours from unlisted hot-wired phone booths or multiple-language transcriptions across barriers and borders just for one English speaking man on the front lines to say Hello to another man in the command chair. We still have hands, we can still shake them together, and pass our information on in a personal way. The distance has changed but with BSafes, our method has not. Safety and security are the prime concerns we work to guarantee at a cost reflecting the simplicity.
We are currently in a Beta development stage. Consider supporting us as we implement more changes to user interface implementation and accessibility. The technology and infrastructure are all in place. We strive to give businesses and individuals the level of protection that governments around the world are still actively trying to push for with laws. Safety should be at your hands, and shared with the hands you choose to share with.