WinSesame options and default settings.


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Protect files or folders by strong encryption on any media.

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WinSesame options and default settings.

Although no special configuration is required for a basic use of WinSesame, many options are available to adapt the application to your conditions of use.

As soon as the application is installed, it can be used without any configuration to lock your documents, but it is likely that you want to configure the application to adapt it more precisely to your needs and take advantage of its flexibility of use. Most of the settings available at the option level are available on the locking or unlocking windows but allow you to create a default configuration that you will find on each locking or unlocking without however preventing you from modifying them in the locking or unlocking windows for a specific case.

As soon as the program is 
installed, it can be used without any configuration to lock your documents, but 
it is likely that you want to configure the program to adapt it more precisely 
to your needs and take advantage of its flexibility of use.

1: Password remembered:

This option is justified in some cases. For example you do not fear the theft of data on your computer but you often carry important data on mobile media. If that media is stolen, you don't want that data to be usable. This option allows you not to have to enter your passwords each time you open a file or folder, but your documents are perfectly protected during transport. This protection option will also be sufficient if it is a question of protecting data against unauthorized access by the network etc. The password is memorized in an encrypted way and only for the user profile.

2: Numeric key file:

This field allows you to possibly memorize the access path of the file which you use as a digital signature for opening files and folders protected using algorithms offering this possibility. (see: Using digital signature files )

3: Cleaning up residual data on the disk:

This option enables the disk cleaning function and the numeric field next to configure the number of cleaning passes:

When you perform the encryption of a file or a folder, the program creates a new file representing the encrypted document then erases the unencrypted file (s) from the disk. Unfortunately, simply deleting a file from a hard drive removes its entry in the disk allocation table so that if you look at the contents of the disk, the file no longer appears although all the data is still present in them. sectors of the disk until they have been used by another file. These data can be recovered by using specialized software or by reading the disk sector by sector. The disk cleaning function will replace all the bytes of the unencrypted files with an alternating mask value (FF and 00) before deleting the files which will amount to leaving instead of the files spaces equivalent to a disk space formatted. The numeric field associated with this checkbox allows to choose the number of passes and for each pass the values ​​FF and 00 will be inverted so as to carry out maximum magnetic modifications on the surface of the disc; because there are techniques still making it possible to recover data by scanning the surface of formatted disks on the edges of tracks due to the difference in the positioning of the heads on the disk according to the direction of movement of these and small mechanical defects . In practice, it is not necessary to select more than 2 passes for reasons of execution time. Studies have been done on this subject and it appears that from 2 masking passes it is extremely difficult to recover anything on a hard drive. The means to be implemented become very heavy and are therefore reserved for research in very special fields. CAUTION: Disk cleanup is not guaranteed if you lock folders or files on another computer over the network. This function is useless if all the documents you are using are on an SSD drive.

4: Cleaning up residual data in memory:

If you are using virtual memory on your computer (default configuration) Windows maintains a copy of the contents of memory in a large file located by default at the root of your system disk. Another copy of your memory is available on disk if you have enabled hibernation on your system. In the event of recovery of a hard drive on a switched off PC, it therefore becomes possible to recover data that has been used in memory. This function will therefore proceed in the same way as for masking the hard drive sectors but with all the memory space used by the program to encrypt the data. In practice, use the same number of passes as for cleaning the disk. If you are using WinSesame only to protect data against the theft of portable hard disks (USB sticks) but do not fear for the disks located on your PC, there is no need to activate this function. This feature is unnecessary if your operating system is installed on an SSD drive.

5: Do not remember the password:

By default when opening a protected folder or file, WinSesame memorizes in the registry (in an encrypted manner) the password, the encryption algorithm and the path of the digital key file, if any for allow it to be relocked more quickly without having to provide this information again. This is not only practical but also helps prevent errors in entering passwords with the risk of data loss. Under these conditions, the password remains associated with this document and never changes. The registry entry is deleted as soon as you close the protected folder or file. This function is therefore safe and presents no risk. On the other hand, it can be temporarily inhibited from the unlock window if you wish to change the password, the analogorithm or the digital key file of a protected folder or file or if you no longer want to protect a folder. or file.

6: Do not automatically lock:

WinSesame has a function that automatically locks all protected folders or files that have been opened. If you check this box, the files or folders that you unlock will not be added to the list of folders or files to be locked and will not be closed automatically by the function. It is not advisable to check this box because you risk forgetting to close important documents, but if the need arises you can do it from time to time from the unlock window.

7: Show passwords in plain text:

If you work alone in your office or use the program to protect your data in the event your mobile media are stolen, it is not necessarily useful to hide your passwords since no one is looking over your shoulder. You can therefore display the passwords in clear which is more practical and can sometimes avoid entry errors. If you have chosen to display passwords in plain text by default and need to enter a password when you are not alone in your office, just click on the button next to the field the password so that it is hidden.

Note: in the case of the automatic locking function of a folder or file without having to re-enter the password, it will always be hidden.

8: Automatic confirmation:

If you display passwords in clear text it is not essential to have to confirm the password (unless you are using very long passwords). If this box is checked, the entered password is automatically copied into the confirmation field. Automatic confirmation is only available if the display of clear passwords is enabled.

9: Overwrite protection:

If you already have a locked folder named My Folder, nothing prevents you from creating a new normal folder also named My Folder. On the other hand, the overwrite protection will prevent you from overwriting your locked folder by locking the normal folder or vice versa. It is strongly recommended not to uncheck this box as there would be a risk of data loss.

10: No automatic opening:

By default when you unlock a protected folder, it opens automatically in windows explorer and when you unlock a protected file it opens automatically in the application provided for this type file. If this behavior bothers you, you can check this box. Folders or files no longer open automatically but are simply unlocked.

11: Language button:

This button allows you to choose the language in which the program is displayed: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese.

12: Respect the read-only attribute:

In principle a file marked read-only should not be able to be encrypted since this amounts to modifying it. Therefore, WinSesame removes the read-only attribute from the files it needs to protect. If you have a problem with this, check this box to force WinSesame to respect this attribute. However, you can no longer lock files marked read-only.

13: Do not delete the encrypted archive:

If you choose this option at the end of unlocking, the locked folder or file is not deleted and you get 2 folders or files. This configuration is not very useful as the default configuration but can be useful for quickly accessing the contents of a large locked folder in order to extract a file that you do not need to edit. You then simply delete the unlocked folder without needing to relock it since the original is still present. CAUTION: If you delete files from your hard drive, their location will not be hidden. Do not use this option if this aspect presents a risk to you.

14: Export archive:

If this box is checked, when you lock a file or a folder, WinSesame creates a self-extracting archive containing the encrypted data as well as the executable necessary to open the data. A WinSesame self-extracting archive can be opened on a computer or WinSesame is not installed. This function is rarely used as the default configuration but is useful occasionally from the lock window to allow you to make a protected copy of a file or folder and send it to a correspondent without him needing to install WinSesame on his computer (email, protected download, sharing etc ...) See: The self-extracting archives WinSesame .

15: Encryption algorithm:

Allows you to choose the default encryption algorithm that you can of course change at the level of the lock window. WinSesame has 6 encryption algorithms. Unless there are special reasons, it is recommended to always use the most powerful WNS1040 algorithm. See: Information on encryption algorithms .