Also runs on Windows XP, Vista and Windows Server.

Overview

Icon128SecureNote is a secure Note Taking and Personal Information Manager. It includes a Password Manager, Tasks, Calendar and Contacts Manager for Windows.

Keep your notes, tasks, calendar, contacts and passwords in one secure place. SecureNote encrypts everything you put into it, locking you data safely with a password so nobody can see it.

SecureNote is portable; it can be installed on a USB Stick along with your encrypted data.

Your notes, passwords, calendar, contacts, tasks and important files are kept secure, encrypted on the fly (using AES-256), inside a Secure Notebook folder.

ScreenshotIn case you are forced to reveal your password, SecureNote provides a way to keep your notes safe.

You can have as many sets of folders as you want, encrypted with different passwords. Because the encrypted folders only appear AFTER the proper password is entered, when SecureNote starts, only non-password protected folders will be visible. When you enter a password, all folders that were encrypted with that password will appear on the screen, but if you have another set of folders encrypted with a different password, they will remain invisible, until the proper password is entered. This feature allows setting different levels of protection for the notes.

By creating a password protected folder with notes that can be publicly shared without causing any trouble (Level 1), but having the more private notes placed in another folder protected with a different password (Level 2), any SecureNote user can be protected against the consequences of being forced to reveal a password. By simply giving the password for the Level 1 notes, the user can avoid compromising itself. A SecureNote notebook can have as many different passwords protecting specific folders as the user wants.

All the data is saved automatically. To secure further your information Backup and Restore commands are provided as well.

SecureNote can store images (JPEG and PNG) inside its notes and also save files (like Acrobat, Word or any other kind of files) inside its External Files folder.

The Notes can be exported as HTML or Text Only files.

See also: Why the cloud is not secure.

- First Steps

The first time SecureNote runs you should select which folder will store your notes, that folder will become a Notebook.


Notebooks are managed by SecureNote.
Do not add any files nor modify a Notebook folder contents from outside SecureNote.
 

Before taking any notes you should create at least one folder inside the Notebook to store them there. The folder can be encrypted or unencrypted. Unencrypted folders will be accessible for anyone that runs SecureNote in your computer. Encrypted folders will remain invisible until you enter the proper password.

There are two buttons below the main menu, on the left side: Unprotected folder will create an unprotected folder and Protected Folder an encrypted one.

After you have created a folder, you can populate it with sub-folders and/or Notes. To create a new Note use the New Note button, which is placed next to the New Folder buttons

Folders and sub-folders should be created only from inside SecureNote, using the Unprotected folder and Protected Folder buttons or its corresponding menu commands.

The Notes will be automatically saved.

Notice that SecureNote shows the Notes, Password Manager, Calendar, etc., on the top side of the left pane. When a Notes folder is selected there, its notes will be shown on the bottom side of the left panel.

There are several ways to handle Folders and Notes. Under the Files menu there are sub-menus to handle the Notes, Notebook, Folder, etc. Also, click with the Right button on the top or bottom pane of the left pane to open its contextual menus, they provide the same commands that the File menu.

- Taking Notes

To create a new Note use the New Note button or its corresponding menu command..

Text Notes

Text notes can have images (JPEG or PNG) and Tables inserted into them. Its font size, style and color can be easily changed.
Existent Text Only and HTML files can be imported easily, each one of them will become a note. Notes can also be exported as HTML files and also can be printed.

Spreadsheet Notes

Spreadsheets can analyze data stored in tabular form, performing different mathematical operations on the data.
Each cell may contain either numeric or text data, or the results of formulas that automatically calculate and display a value based on the contents of other cells.
Spreadsheets can be printed, imported and exported.
To import spreadsheets from Excel or others applications, export them in CSV format, which is the format that SecureNote uses to import and export spreadsheet notes. The CSV format is supported by all applications that work with spreadsheets.

Notes are automatically saved.

It is possible to open multiple notes at the same time, to do that press the Right Alt key when clicking on a note or select the Open Notes in a New Window checkbox.

- Security

All Notes are encrypted; those stored in Password Protected folders are encrypted with the password chosen by the user, but Notes stored in non-Password Protect folder are encrypted with the default password.

The encryption used for Notes, the Password Manager and all data entered in SecureNote is protected by AES-256 encryption which is considered one of the most strong and state-of-the art encryption algorithms to date.

Since the default password is used automatically by SecureNote, anybody running SecureNote can view notes stored in non-Password Protected Folders, but since the Notes are encrypted, any application looking at the files in your computer will be not able to read them.

Because all notes are encrypted, any intruder looking at your files will not know which notes are protected and which ones are not.

When SecureNote starts it will display on the left pane only those folders not protected by a password. To see the protected folders the user has to enter the proper password by using the Security->Enter Password menu.

- Plausible Deniability

In case you are forced to reveal your password, SecureNote provides a way to keep your notes safe (this feature only applies to notes).

By default, all notes in a folder and its sub folders, share the same encryption password. Usually the same password will be used for different folders, but to provide plausible deniability, it is possible to use a different password for each folder.

In that way you can have any number of of folders, encrypted with different passwords. Because the encrypted folders only appear AFTER the proper password is entered, when SecureNote starts, only non-password protected folders will be visible. When you enter a password, all folders that were encrypted with that password will appear on the screen, but if you have other sets of folders encrypted with a different password, they will remain invisible, until the proper password is entered.

Plausible deniability only applies to notes. Calendar, Tasks, Password Manager and Contacts can have only one password for each one. It is possible to use the same password for all them, or a different password for each one.

- Other Safety advantages

With a single click or keyboard press (Ctrl+H) you can hide all your password protected folders at once.

Since password protected folders (including External Files) are not shown until the password is entered, any snooper that runs SecureNote when you are not present, not only will not see your protected information, but neither will know that you have it.

SecureNote can Backup and Restore all the data in your notebook (menu File->Notebook). This also makes easy to pass your data from one computer to another one. Notebooks hold not only nots, but the Calendar, Password Manager, Contacts, Tasks and External Files.

- Password Manager

The Password Manager is designed to securely store and manage your passwords (such as those for logging in to various Internet accounts, receive email, etc.), credit-card numbers, PINs, and other private information.

When the Password Manager is used for the first time, the user will have to type the password to be used to encrypt its contents. The password can be the same that is used to protect the Folders with Notes, or can be a different one.

After a password or user name is copied to the clipboard , the clipboard will get cleared after a predetermined time, unless this option is disabled in Preferences.

- Calendar

The Calendar can be protected with a password or left unprotected.

When the Calendar is used for the first time, the user will decide if it is protected with a password or not.

- Tasks & Timers

The Tasks can be protected with a password or left unprotected. Only the Tasks will be saved permanentely, Timers are transitory.

When the Tasks & Timers is used for the first time, the user will decide if it is protected with a password or not. Since by default the Tasks & Timers starts automatically with SecureNote, in most cases is better to left them without password protection.

- Contact Manager

The Contacts list can be protected with a password or left unprotected.

When the Contacts list is used for the first time, the user will decide if it is protected with a password or not.

To select which columns will appear in the table, right-click on the table header and mark the proper columns.

Use the toolbar buttons to Copy, Edit or Delete either Contacts of Groups, copy the current Contact to the clipboard, export all visible Contacts as a text file or change the Contacts Manager password.

- External Files

Any kind of files (like Acrobat, Word or any other kind of files) can be stored inside the External Files folder.

The contents of this folder can be kept either without encryption or protected with encryption.

If the External Files folder is encrypted, when SecureNote starts, it will appear as empty, until the proper password is entered.

- FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Use the File->Notebook->Backup command to backup all the information stored into your SecureNote notebook.
Save the backup in a portable disk.
After installing SecureNote in another computer, select the folder where you want to keep your data and then use the File->Notebook->Restore command to restore the information in the new location.
Alternatively you can simply copy the Notebook folder manually.

Either select Open Notes in a New Window (on the left bottom pane when notes are displayed) or press the right Alt key while clicking on a note.

Use the menu command File->Make Portable Version... to select an USB Stick, removable disk, or just an empty folder placed anywhere.
Both SecureNote, its settings file and the current Notebook folder will be copied to the selected folder.
You can run SecureNote directly from that place by double clicking its executable.
Warning: This feature is not enabled in the Evaluation Version.

  1. Use the menu command File->Notebook->Open Notebook parent folder (that will open an Explorer window).
  2. Close SecureNote.
  3. Now delete the Notebook folder from Explorer.
  4. The next time SecureNote starts you will have to select another Notebook.

A Notebook is a folder that holds notes, calendar, password manager, contacts, tasks, and (alternatively) external files. Inside the Notebook there are several folders, subfolders and files that hold all the data in encrypted format. The Notebook contents should not be modified by the user in any way from outside SecureNote.
Except the external files (which may or not be encrypted) all other files are encrypted. Both the files contents and its names are encrypted.

If you forget your password, nobody will be able to unlock your notes or open your Password Manager, Calendar, or Tasks (not even Bersoft). So be careful when assigning passwords and when changing them.

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Download Version 1.1 / 4.6 MB size / Runs on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP (32/64 bits). This is the evaluation version, which will run for up to 30 days.

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Why the cloud is not secure

There is no way to ever be completely sure your data will remain secure once you've moved it to the cloud. Storing your data in the cloud you are abrogating responsibility for your data. Someone else has access to it and someone else is responsible for keeping it safe. Security breaches are common, data stored in the cloud is under attack 24 hours a day.
While providers of cloud services often claim that the data they store is encrypted and private, most often they are the ones who hold the keys. That means a rogue employee, a hacker, or any government requesting encryption keys can decrypt and see your data. And even when you are the one that holds the key, the recently reported WhatsApp backdoor (Jan. 2017), shows that whenever your data is handled by a third party it is not secure.

Good security for Note Taking and Personal Information Managers (PIM) can be only achieved if you store your data off-line, encrypted with a strong password. Also you should keep your computer free of viruses and restrict physical access to it.