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The encryption module acts like a safe for protecting sensitive data. A safe can be e.g. used as an extra drive like an additional hard disk partition and is very easy to work with.

You have the following options for creating and managing safes:

  • Update: If you have opened or closed safes outside of the file safe module in the meantime, it is recommended that you click on Update to bring the status display for the safes managed by the encryption module fully up to date.
  • Open/close: Here you can open and close safes that are located on your computer and on attached storage media. Please note that you need the password you entered for the safe during setup to open the safe. Safes can be closed here without a password.
  • Create new safe: You can use this function to set up a new safe. To do this, a wizard will appear that will help you set up the safe. For more information, see the section Create new safe.
  • Create mobile safe: As soon as you have created a safe, you can also turn it into a mobile safe, i.e. you can configure it so that you can use it on a USB stick or even send it via email. For more information, see the section Create mobile safe.
  • Delete: In safe administration you can find an overview of all safes located on your computer and on attached storage media. You can also delete safes that are no longer needed here. Please note that safes can also be deleted here without knowing their passwords. Therefore you should ensure that you really no longer need the content of the safe you are about to delete.

Create new encryption (file safe)

If you want to create a new safe, there is an interactive dialog to support you. Click on the  NEXT  button to continue.

Storage location and size of the safe

Now enter where the safe should be stored and what size it should be.

Note: The safe is actually a protected file that works like a hard drive partition when it is open, i.e. you use Storage location to create a safe file in a location of your choice on the hard disk. Your data is encrypted and saved there. If you open the safe and work with it, you can still edit, delete, copy and move files and directories in it as with a normal hard disk or hard drive partition.

Storage location

Please select the data medium (e.g. local data medium (C:)) on which the safe should be created.

Note : Safes created in a protected directory are only visible on your computer if the G DATA software has been installed on your computer. If you need to uninstall the software, the data safes that have been created will no longer be visible.

Safe size

Then select a safe size by positioning the slide control as appropriate. You then have as much space as remains available in the storage location you have chosen. However, there should generally be at least 2 GB more than the maximum size available so your computer is not slowed down in other areas due to lack of storage space.

Note : The button to the left of the slide control for the safe size gives you the option of fast selection. You can use this to e.g. define the size of the safe precisely or make it the right size for burning onto a CD, DVD or Blu-ray if necessary.

Now click on the  NEXT  button.

Safe parameters

In this dialogue window you can make the following entries and settings:

  • Safe designation: The name under which the safe is managed by the G DATA software.
  • Description: an additional short description that contains e.g. information on the safe contents.
  • File system: here you can define whether the virtual drive creating the safe uses the FAT or NTFS file system. Generally you should leave the entry here as Automatic selection.
  • Automatically select safe drive: the safe is displayed on your computer like a hard disk drive. You can either allocate a fixed drive designation letter for the safe or let the system select one automatically. Automatic selection is generally recommended here.
  • Assign drive: this option is only available to you if you are not letting the software automatically select the safe drive.

Now click on the NEXT button.

Safe access

Here you can allocate a password for a safe. Click on the ADD button.

Now enter the password you want in the dialog box that appears under Password and Repeat password. The password is only accepted if both entries are identical. This is intended to prevent you from e.g. making a mistake that you cannot reproduce when allocating a password.

Click on ADD to activate the password.

Note: When creating a safe you can allocate a number of different passwords and use them to define different authorizations. For example, you can create a safe where you can read and change files, but other people using another password only have the option of reading the contents of this safe, not amending them.

If you then select this password and click on the Authorization button, you have the following settings options:

  • Execute Autostart: Every safe contains a directory called Autostart. If this option remains set to Yes, all executable files located there will be automatically started when the safe is opened.
  • Open in "Read only" mode: A user who logs on using the read only access method will not be able to save or change files stored in the safe. He/she can only read it.
  • Open as removable medium: The G DATA software opens file safes in Explorer as local hard disks. Check this option if you want the safe to be displayed as a removable data carrier in the system.
  • Shared usage: Selecting this option enables shared use of the safe directory for other computers in the network. Alert: With this setting you can access the safe without needing to enter a password. At this point we recommend you think carefully about shared use of the safe. Shared usage of the safe for all network participants does not make sense at this point because the data would be accessible to everyone.
  • Close safe after user log off: This option should generally be enabled because, if the safe stays open after the user logs off, other users can see the contents of the safe.
  • Auto safe: All safes with this attribute can be opened with one command.

When you have finished configuring the settings, click NEXT.

Safe configuration

The safe creation wizard tells you about setting parameters in the last step. If you want to change these settings, please click the  BACK  button. If you are happy with the settings, please click  CREATE .

The virtual and encrypted file safe is created on your computer's hard drive. By finally clicking on the FINISH  button the safe is created and can be opened directly if you want.

Create mobile safe

As soon as you have created a safe, you can also turn it into a mobile safe, i.e. you can configure it so that you can use it on a USB stick or even send it via email.

In the data safe overview, select a safe that has been created and click on the Create mobile safe  button. A dialog now opens that will help you create a mobile safe. Click on  Next to start this process.

Mobile safe parameters

As with allocating safe parameters for standard safes, you have the option here of changing parameters. However, with mobile safes there are only limited setting options.

  • Automatically select safe drive: The safe looks like a hard disk drive when it is open. You can either allocate a fixed drive designation letter for the safe or let the system select one automatically. Automatic selection is generally recommended here.
  • Link safe with data medium: Here you can specify that the mobile safe can only be used with the USB stick or hard disk drive that you created it on, for example. If you do not link the safe to the data medium, you can e.g. send the safe file (recognizable by the file extension tsnxg) as an email attachment or move/copy it to another data medium.

Mobile safe medium

Specify here the medium on which you want to save the mobile safe. This can be e.g. a USB stick, an external hard disk or a CD/DVD.

Note: If you are saving a safe to a CD or DVD, this can of course only be opened and read. It is not possible to amend files and directories in the safe with this type of data medium.

Mobile safe size

Here you can find information on how much storage space the safe needs on the target data medium. If the storage space is too big, you can cancel the creation of the mobile safe.

Note: In addition to the actual safe size, there is an extra 6 MB of driver data so you can open the safe on a Windows system on which the G DATA software is not installed.

Mobile safe - finish setup

Now finish creating the mobile safe by clicking on the End procedure button. If you want, you can now see in the file browser the file on your chosen storage medium where the mobile safe is located.

Open mobile safe

If you want to open a portable safe on a Windows computer that does not have the G DATA data safe module, you can easily access the data by selecting the start.exe or start program file in the TSNxG_4 folder on the USB stick, mobile hard drive or CD/DVD. If you click on this, a dialog appears in which you can open the safe or (if already open) close it.

Warning: If the G DATA data safe is being used on a computer for the first time, the relevant driver data and program elements are now downloaded. A computer restart is then required. After restarting the computer, choose the Start or Start.exe entry again.

Now enter your password or use one of the other safe access methods.

The safe is now opened and the contents of the safe can be used.

After successfully logging in to the safe, the safe icon appears as an additional drive with a corresponding drive letter next to the local drives in Windows Explorer. Every mobile safe user can copy data from the safe onto the computer. When a mobile safe is used on a USB data carrier or Flash memory data carrier, any appropriately authorised user can copy safe data from the computer to the safe.

Closing the mobile safe is performed in the same way as opening it. Double-click the drive letter for the safe or choose a corresponding command from the context menu by using the right mouse button.

Warning: We recommend closing the safe once you have finished your work and before removing the portable data carrier. To do so, go to the removable data medium, open the G DATA directory and click on Start.exe. A dialog window then appears in which the safe can be closed.

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