Password protected Brains
Registered: Nov 08, 2008
AES encryption - Password protected brains. This would include encrypting all the little files associated with each brain.
I think it would be nice to be able to require a password to open a brain, even if it doesn't encrypt the brain's attachments. It would especially be nice to be able to password protect brain zips, so that you can upload them as backups without the backup/remote storage service being able to access your information.
Karl Hebenstreit commented
This is important for unlisted .brains on Webbrain
FYI, the reason why implementing this is not a simple matter is due to the fact that a Brain is made up of a collection of files, some of which interact with other applications on your computer. If brains were simple files that were read into memory all at once saved all at once, this would be trivial. However, Brains don't work that way because it limits scalability...
FYI, filtering can be set to an arbitrary number of days, 30 is only the default setting. Also, more advanced filtering (based on tags, types, etcetera) is planned for a future release.
It seems weird that Personal Brain doesn't have this option, as pretty much every other PIM software I can think of does. I especially want to encrypt brainzips, so I can upload them with remote backup services and not have to entrust my privacy to the integrity of the service provider.
Tommie N. Carter, Jr., MBA commented
Seems like a useful function especially if one wants to carry their brains on a USB card or Blackberry.
I also think that it would be very valuable to protect & encrypt a specific brain or selected areas / thoughts for security reasons. For example ecrypting all thought times "internal meeting protocol" and hide them for a presentation.
Being able to protect thoughts and their contents would be wonderful. I work with sensitive data all the time, this would be ideal. Now I 'hide' data within thoughts and don't share my Brain, but keep it in an encrypted folder. Forget the encrypted folder when moving from one machine to another, or backing up to a shared drive.
I would like the possibility, to also encrypt specific thoughts (singe though or all childs od a specific node). With this I could work normal with brain, but still some sensible data are protected if somebody would have access to my PC
I think this is far less important (read that "encrypted zip file that acts like a folder anyway) than being able to protect and/or hide various parts of a diagram using good encryption if you wish. Some ideas I want to keep to myself until they've gelled, and not show up in a presentation. Right now you can only hide based on date, and its exactly 30 days!
David Wetherow commented
The Truecrypt trick works, but it's cumbersome (thanks for the suggestion Robert - I'm using it now). However, being able to quickly password protect a specific .brain would be a big improvement in functionality. I'm thinking about something along the lines of how one can protect a specific document or spreadsheet file in MS Office.
You can do that with Truecrypt.