Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Why is SafeNotes free?

Because it can. We could have provided it, so it's here. If you can give us a little donation, please do it.

I'm an inexperienced PC user. How can I install SafeNotes?

1. Go to the safenotes.org website.
2. Click on the button labeled “DOWNLOAD”.
3. Many browsers will ask you to confirm whether you want to download this file, so click the “Save” button.
4. After downloading double-click on SafeNotesSetup.exe in your Downloads folder.
5. You'll be asked if you want to allow the installation of this program. Click the “Yes” button.
6. A window will open, asking what language you want to use.
7. A window with the license agreement will open up, read and accept the license agreement. Click the “Next” button.
8. Now you can see where SafeNotes will be installed. Don't change this information. Click the “Next” button.
9. The next window allows you to choose additional tasks. Don't change the settings. Click the “Next” button.
A. Now you can see “Ready to Install” window . Click the “Install” button.
B. When the installation completes, click the “Finish” button to close the wizard.

I'm an inexperienced PC user. I have installed SafeNotes. How can I create my password protected notes?

1. Run SafeNotes
2. Click File/New
3. Write any text
4. Click File/Save. Write filename and password
5. Close the program - Click File/Exit

How can I create my password protected notes

Is it really free?

Yes, its free for private non-commercial use. This free version will never expire.

Is it necessary to register?

Absolutely not!

How to register?

Registration steps:
1/ Fill in the registration form in SafeNotes application
2/ Send to us via your email address
3/ After successful registering, you will receive registration email

How to register
Below is an example of such email.

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THIS IS AN AUTO-GENERATED MESSAGE - PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE

Data in this e-mail activates your Safe Notes.

To complete product registration
1. save this e-mail as a text into clipboard
2. start SafeNotes and open new memo (File|New)
3. set password (Tools|Set Password) to your registration password
4. paste clipboard (Edit|Paste)

You musst have a correct registration password!

If you need support, visit the Web site: http://safenotes.org/

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Safe Notes - Product Registration (0000000000) - License:00000000D
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-----BEGIN REGISTRATION BLOCK-----
SafeB64>A3sn1hWsf/8eujAaDYdodGZ150L9/BixW8kGdsVIXQGDJFVD0kGQgBni
2uCjJRopGhMboDUxW7X9AAAAr8mr/xF1W2MEzGrmRhkcMjq1nfHtAJ3uTKxp2q2c
WnUVCG0NTdCweJ82nI4+1yaDgOqthpyG5wF13UPzd6Yhyms+eJiv27iHZh8QEKMX
...
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BIMWkyrZdHxDBPm0neFt62BT9x+y6Gq/nxNyw98KL2LavNcVJCOoK/RMNLcOS4iH
zLUlLQySAeLT30exJKI0t92+otvE/tuyB9xml8ITOeQJkzj2zhR3brYhy0JXCGJL
Jv4s32+0Ghl7auYSwA==<End
-----END REGISTRATION BLOCK-----
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More info available here.

How to use third-party verification for Bitcoin wallets?

Although our code has been successfully tested on thousands of test vectors, we recommend that you always check created PrivateKey-to-BitcoinAddress pair with other software. At least for really high amounts deposited in your Bitcoin wallets.

For example with a local copy of http://bitaddress.org that is included in the distribution. Click to link to run the application. Enter the private key and press the "View Details" button. The application calculates and displays the bitcoin address. Now you can easily check it.
Example with a local copy of bitaddress.org
SafeNotes can also automatically verify the Private to Public key generation with the OpenSSL library. The same library is used by the original Bitcoin application of Nakamoto Satoshi Author. You only need to download and copy this crypto-library from third parties.
Example with a clear instalation. OpenSSL not installed.
Example of an OpenSSL installation:
• Download OpenSSL Library and extract libeay32.dll to the "SafeData\Settings\Bin\" directory.
• For simplicity, you can use drag and drop for copying. If SafeNotes detects a known library when opening a file, the library is automatically installed.
Example with installed OpenSSL (1.0.2n verified)
By correctly using SafeNotes application to create and store Bitcoin wallets, it will give you the highest possible security for Bitcoin storage.

My SafeNotes application with many visible files is running on my screen. When someone comes to me, how can I hide it quickly?

Press F1 to instantly minimize.

Can someone read the contents without a password? What if I forgot my password?

A simple answer - absolutely not! If you have forgotten your password, your data are lost.

Used six cipher in cascade are the best: Blowfish(448bit) + AES(256bit) + Twofish(256bit) + Serpent(256bit) + CAST6(256bit) + IDEA(128bit)
For more information, see Security/Cryptography and White Paper.

What is a safe password?

This is a good question.

The only weak point in SafeNotes is your password. Using purely random alphanumerically characters (a-z, A-Z, 0-9) as your passphrase, you need to specify 11 unique characters for 64-bit security. To solve this problem there is built-in passphrase dialog always displaying computed password quality. See the table below.

Supercomputer with 50 petaFLOPS will be need 7019 years for attack to 64-bit password in Safe Notes. It would be cost thousands of billions dollars!

Crack costs for password break
However, be careful about using causal spoken words, which can be found in dictionary. Theese passwords are easier to break. If you prefer a sentence as a password, you can view the strength in section "Dictionary analysis". This feature works only when there is a separator between the words in your password phrase.

SafeNotes use random 256-bit salt to prevent Rainbow table attacks, so a dictionary attack can't use Rainbow tables technique.

To sum it up, the SafeNotes files are sufficiently protected if the password quality reaches 48-bit. Even the supercomputer would need a few days to break it. An 56-bit password would need a few decades and an 64-bit password would need a thousand of years to break. Theoretically, costs for break 48-bit password would be $63 million dollars.

TOP SECRET: For maximum safety, even after the third millennium, we recommend using a 160-bit password or higher.

Password dialog
With 50 characters you can create 512-bit password! And Keyfile add true random 320bits. Then total user-password-security is 832-bits.

For more details, you should check different sections. Detailed info available in SafeNotes White Papers.

What characters can I use for my password?

Absolutely any. You can use standard ANSI chars 32-127, extended 128-255, special 1-31. You can use any unicode char, defined/undefined 1-65535. For the use of all the possibilities, Advanced mode must be enabled.
Password dialog


For input with keyboard you can swith between various keyboards language mapping, or use Alt+Numkeys. It is also possible to type hexadecimal 4-digits number and then Alt+X key for any unicode value. For decimal input, type "*"-key, then one, two or three digits and then Alt+X key. In visible mode you can see number values for every character in password. This will help you to prevent occuring many unwanted errors. This feature is only available, when the "Advanced mode" is enabled.

Legal secrecy, what is it?

The secrecy of correspondence (German: Briefgeheimnis, French: secret de la correspondance) or literally translated as secrecy of letters, is a fundamental legal principle enshrined in the constitutions of several European countries. Defined in The Charter of Fundamental Rights and Basic Freedoms or Grundrechte etc.

Do you want to translate SafeNotes to your language or update an old translation?

You can! Translate or modify the file "\ArtbyMind\SafeNotes\SafeData\Settings\Lang\LangEN.lng" and send this file to us (translator at artbymind.com). Thank you for your support!

TIPS:
[1] First, copy LangEN.lng to LangXX.lng and use this new copy.
[2] When you choose language file (via menu Help|Language|Other..) identical as edited file then after "Save" command application automatically use last saved translation file. You can see in real-time your translation.

Open the language file and translate to German ( XX=DE )
Note: The colored text is only for better visibility of this example. Only plain text is saved.

Was this product tested by a third party?

Guarantee 100% clean
Application does not contain any form of malware, spyware, viruses, trojans and backdoors. You can use scanning technology (from more than 50 companies e.g. AVG, Ad-Aware, Avast, Avira, BitDefender, Comodo, DrWeb, ESET-NOD, Kaspersky, McAfee, Panda, Symantec, Zoner) provided by VirusTotal for detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware. Here is the VirusTotal results for SafeNotes. And here is another results from jotti.org, from Softpedia and from FileHippo.

Old registration/license file with new application version?

Information for registered users:
Version 5.0.4 and 5.0.5 use new hardware detection and therefore old registrations will not work without a new registration activation. The application will automatically reinstall the license (activate registration), but requires re-entering the registration password.
Version 5.0.6 uses a newer hardware detection, so old registrations will not work.

All these changes were forced by non-systemic chotical changes in the Windows 10 operating system.

Supporters and all donors will of course receive a new license free of charge upon request.