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  Getting Started
  Login and Logout
  Managing Keys And Certificates
  Working With Certificate Authorities (CAs)
  Exchanging Certificates/Public Keys
  Signing and Encrypting Your Files and Folders
  Signing and Encrypting Your Emails
  Countersignatures
  Working With Archives
  Managing Your Online Account
  Using the Personal Information Editor
  Wiping Files and Cleaning Disk Free Space
  Other Microsoft Outlook Support
  Using Security Tokens
  Changing Options
  Changing Pass Phrase
 

Getting Started

This section briefly describes all of the graphical user interfaces so that you can get started. When you have any question on how to use a specific function you can get more detailed information in sections that follows.

The software is integrated with Windows operating system. You interact with the software through the following:

  1. The Start menu
  2. The iSafeguard™ taskbar menu
  3. Windows explorer
  4. Internet Explorer's context menu
  5. The Personal Information Editor
  6. GUI added to supported Windows applications

and

  1. Hotkeys

Icons Used in iSafeguard™

The following table lists the file icons used in the software:

File Extension Icon Description
xce Encrypted file
xcs Digitally signed file
xcb Digitally signed and then encrypted file
xca Signed and/or encrypted archive file
pie Personal information file
cer Standard X.509 v3 certificate file
xcc MXC extended X.509 v3 certificate file
xck MXC key file
profile (none) Default iSafeguard™ profile

The following table lists the icons used to show the general status of certificates.

The certificate is valid and trusted.
The certificate has expired or is revoked. It is not valid for signing and encryption but may be valid for verifying and decryption.
The certificate is not valid or not trusted.

The following table lists the icons used to show the detailed information about certificates.

Basic certificate field
Critical certificate extension
Non-critical certificate extension
Certificate property

Start Menu

The Start menu is shown is the following figure. Brief descriptions of each of the menu items are shown in the table below.

Start menu items:

Menu Item Description
About iSafeguard™ Show the about dialog box containing version information, etc.
Clean Disk Free Space Start the disk free space cleaner wizard.
Help Start the HTML help.
Login Login to iSafeguard™ so that you can use your private keys and certificates stored in your profile.
Logout Logout of iSafeguard™. After logout crypto operations cannot be performed.
Personal Info Editor Launch the Personal Information Editor.

The iSafeguard™ Taskbar Menu

If you are logged in, a golden lock icon will be shown on the bottom right hand side of the taskbar tray where you may find a speaker and time as well, as shown in the figure below.

When you place your mouse on top of the golden lock icon, "iSafeguard™ Enterprise" or "iSafeguard™ Professional" will be shown on the screen.

When you click the right mouse button while the cursor is on top of the icon, the following popup menu is shown.

The menu is very much self-explanatory. If you have any question just play with it to see what happens. You use this menu to change the program settings, change your login pass phrase, start the Personal Information Editor, run the Certificate Manager, and get product information, etc.

Here is a brief summary of the menu items:

Menu Item Description
Logout Logout of iSafeguard™. After logout crypto operations cannot be performed.
Change Options Change iSafeguard™ option settings. These settings include the encryption algorithm, signature algorithm, etc.
Change Pass Phrase Change your login pass phrase. Your profile will be re-encrypted with your login name and your new pass phrase.
Certificate Manager Launch the Certificate Manager. You use it to manage your keys and certificates, such as exporting your certificates to a file to distribute to other people, importing other people's certificate to your profile, etc.
Password Manager Launch iSafeguard™ Password Manager that you use to manage the passwords of your accounts.
Find People Launch iSafeguard™ Find People window. You use it to find people's certificates from Internet Directory Services.
Personal Info Editor Launch the Personal Information Editor. If you have not logged in, you are asked to login.
Focus Window Allow users to sign and encrypt the content of the window that currently has the input focus, etc.
Help Launch iSafeguard™ help.
About iSafeguard™ Show the about dialog box.

There are duplicate menu items in the shell context menu and the taskbar menu to give you easy access to iSafeguard™ functions.

Windows Explorer Context Menu

iSafeguard™ is integrated with Windows shell. You may use many of its functions from Windows Explorer. Depending on your selection in Windows Explorer and whether you are logged in or not, you will see a different context menu from Windows Explorer when you click the right mouse button.

Single file selected Multiple files, folders selected
Context Menu When
User Logged in



Context Menu When
User not Logged in



The following figure shows the context menu when a drive is selected.

The following table lists the complete iSafeguard™ context menu items.

Menu Item Description
Encrypt Encrypt the selected files, may include files in the sub-directories. Refer to section Signing & Encrypting Files for details.
Sign Sign the selected files, may include files in the sub-directories. Refer to section Signing & Encrypting Files for details.
Sign & Encrypt Sign and then encrypt the selected files, may include files in the sub-directories. Refer to section Signing & Encrypting Files for details.
Decrypt & Verify If the files selected are encrypted files, they are decrypted. If the files are signed files, the signatures are verified. If the files are signed and then encrypted, they are decrypted and then the signatures are verified. May include sub-directories.
Wipe Securely delete files. The contents of the selected files are first overwritten with 0ís and then 1ís and then random numbers. The process is done N times. N is the number of passes you specify. After the contents are wiped out, the file names are renamed, and finally the file is deleted. May include sub-directories.
Properties Display the selected file's crypto properties, currently the intended recipients and the signer as well as the encryption and signature algorithms are shown.
Open Open the selected the file; if the file is encrypted it is decrypted; if it is signed the signature is verified; if the file is signed and encrypted it is decrypted and signature is verified; and finally its associated program is launched to open the file.
Archive Create an archive file of the selected files and folders. This operation will always include the sub-folders of the selected items. Refer to section Creating and Extracting Archives for details.
Extract Extract the selected archive file to the folder you specify. Refer to section Creating and Extracting Archives for details.
Email Launch a new email composition window and attach the selected files to the email. Files under folders will not be attached. To email whole directories and sub-directories use iSafeguard™ archiver.
Clean Free Space This tool is used to clean up the free space of your hard drive to erase any sensitive data left behind when files are deleted (not wiped). Refer to section Cleaning Disk Free Space for details.
Help Show help topics.

Internet Explorer Context Menu

If you use Internet Explorer as your email client you can use the Internet Explorer's context menu to sign, encrypt or decrypt your emails. Screen shots of the context menus are shown below (used Yahoo! Mail).

Screen shot for signing and encryptging an email message:

Screen shot for reading encrypted email message:

Screen shot for importing a certificate:

Personal Information Editor (PIE)

The Personal Information Editor is a secure text editor. If you know how to use Notepad you already know how to use PIE. When you save your text in PIE the text is encrypted before saving to disk. When loading your pie file back from disk the editor decrypts the text before showing it to you.

A screen shot of the editor is shown in the following figure. The PIE is a perfect tool to keep your confidential information secure.

Drag and Drop Supports

iSafeguard™ Certificate Manager supports drag and drop. You can

  • Drag a certificate/key file from Windows Explorer and drop it to the Certificate Manager
  • Drag base64 encoded text from your email program and drop it to the Certificate Manager
  • Drag a certificate from the Certificate Manager and drop it to your email program

Drag and drop supports make exporting your certificate and importing other people's certificates extremely easy. See later sections of this manual for more information.


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