Knowledge Base

Encryption-related articles

Encryption software is a very important part of security infrastructure, but it is not the only part. Both Kryptel and Silver Key provide a very high level of data protection, but if your password can easily be guessed, then the security level will be zero no matter how strong encryption is. No encryption software can guarantee that your data is safe – it is just a tool that requires some understanding and skill.

This knowledge base contains articles that will help you to get most from your Kryptel or Silver Key software and to ensure safety of your data.

General topics

How to Choose a Good Password
Choosing a quality hacking-resistant password is not as simple as it sounds, and this article may give you a few useful hints. The article contains practical recommendations, covering three most important how-tos: how to choose, how to use, and how not to lose.
Binary Keys
A short introduction into binary keys. Binary key is usually kept on a USB flash stick; you plug the stick in instead entering the password.
Data Shredding
This article gives you some insight into data shredding – what is it and why do you need it. You will also find a few useful tips there.
Quick Intro to Encryption
Exactly what the title says: an introduction. Nothing new here for experienced users, but if you are new to encryption, this article can make the picture clearer.
Deploying Kryptel and Silver Key
Describes special installation methods, useful mainly in multi-user environment.
Default and Forced Settings
This article describes special techiques for system administrators who need to configure the software for mass deployment or server-side processing.

Kryptel-related articles

Getting Started with Kryptel
Quick introduction to basic Kryptel functions for new Kryptel users.
Encrypted Backup
How-to on creating and scheduling encrypted backup.
Kryptel Data Recovery
How-to for recovering data from a corrupted container using Kryptel Data Recovery.
Integration with Total Commander
Describes installing and using Kryptel (Kryptelite) plug-in for Total Commander. The plug-in component allows accessing Kryptel containers and Kryptel encrypted backups directly in the Total Commander panes.

Silver Key-related articles

Silver Key Quick Start
Quick how-to for new Silver Key users.
WebSilver: A Better Way For Exchanging Files
A tool for transparent file exchange via popular Web storage services.
Silver Key Uploaders
Uploading Silver Key parcels to Web storage.
Using Certificates
Signing Silver Key parels: how to obtain and how to use digital certificates.
Compatibility with Older Versions
If you or your correspondent use an old version of Silver Key: possible issues and how to solve them.

Hardware Yubikeys

What Is Yubikey
A brief introduction. What is Yubikey and what do you get by using a hardware key.
Setting Up Your Yubikey
A guide to obtaining and setting up a new Yubikey.
Using Yubikey
Using Yubikeys for individuals and workgroups.
Managing Yubikey Lists
Creating and managing pre-created Yubikey lists.

Product customization

Creating Virtual Keyboards
Describes in detail how to create a custom virtual keyboard.
Translating to Other Languages
How to localize Kryptel or Silver Key into another language.

Technical Information

The purpose of these articles is to provide information on internal data formats for public scrutiny. At least basic understanding of programming is required.

Kryptel Storage Model
An introduction to Kryptel storage model, required for understanding other technical articles.
Kryptel 6 Advanced Storage
Structure of standard Kryptel 6 container.
Kryptel 7 Modifiable Storage
Structure of Kryptel 7 container.
Kryptel FIPS 140-2 Storage
Structure of FIPS 140-2 -compliant Kryptel container.
Kryptel Agents
Specifications of Kryptel File Agent and Kryptel Backup Agent.
Silver Key Parcel
Format of Silver Key parcel.
Silver Key FIPS 140-2 Parcel
Format of Silver Key FIPS 140-2 parcel.
Encrypted Stream
Encrypted stream is a basic encryption building block. This article describes how a block of source data is converted to an encrypted form.
Key File
Describes the format of Kryptel key file.
Yubikey Implementation Notes
Provides full details on how Kryptel and Silver Key work with hardware Yubikeys.