Data Encryption Comes to DO Journal
One of the most requested features of DO Journal is data encryption - and we are pleased to announce that we have now implemented it in v1.8.0 of DO Journal!
Why encryption is important:
A journal is your private space where you should feel comfortable writing about your true thoughts and feelings. Often times, if there is a feeling that these entries are going to be read by someone else, it deters you from an honest journaling experience. By encrypting your data (and password protecting your journal), you can have peace of mind that your data can not be read by anyone else.
How to enable encryption in DO Journal:
To enable encryption, go into the Settings screen and check the box next to Encrypt Data?.
When you save your settings, you will get the following message (more about this below):
When you click on Yes (proceed with encryption), the application will do a one-time run to encrypt all of your existing entries. Since all your entries get modified, DO Journal will reload all the modified entries when you are back in the main screen. If you have a lot of entries, this could take a few moments. Wait until the reload is finished. Now all your entries are encrypted on disk and any new entries you create will be saved as encrypted data. For an added layer of security, we highly recommend using encryption in conjunction with a Password for your journal.
Note that we have allowed you to revert back to plain text entries in the application as well. Simply uncheck the encrypt data checkbox and the application will go ahead and decrypt all of your entries back to plain text.
We have a new icon on the main screen (a lock) that shows if your data is being encrypted (green closed lock) or not (red open lock).
What is the level of encryption?
DO Journal uses the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) with a 256 bit key. It is the first (and only) publicly accessible cipher approved by the National Security Agency (NSA) for top secret information. At present, there are no known practical attacks that would allow anyone to read correctly implemented AES encrypted data. The data is encrypted and decrypted on-the-fly inside DO Journal - which means that the only way anyone can see your journal data would be by having access to DO Journal (which is also why we recommend password protecting your journal).
IMPORTANT: What this means for Day One Classic Compatibility:
DO Journal is fully compatible with Day One Classic (using Dropbox sync - see FAQ) - meaning you can read and write entries from DO Journal that can in turn be read and written by Day One Classic. However, Day One Classic expects your entries to be plain text files. When you encrypt your journal, Day One Classic will be unable to read your entries - and as such your entries will vanish from Day One.
If you want to continue using Day One Classic along with DO Journal, DO NOT turn on encryption.
If, however, you use DO Journal as a standalone journal or a place to keep your Day One v2 entries (using the Day One v2 Data Import Tool), you can switch on encryption to secure your data.
One other thing - if you do not already do so, please back up your data (including your journal) at regular intervals (whether you encrypt your data or not). We recommend performing a backup of your journal entries before you turn on encryption.
Tell us what you think of this new functionality!
- None at this time.
- We have implemented more graceful handling of errors that occurred when you are not connected to the internet (as we try to get location and weather data from the internet).
Existing customers of DO Journal will get an email in their inbox with a link to download the installer for the latest version of DO Journal. This is an in-place upgrade - which means that you simply download and run the installer and it will update the application. Your existing settings and data will not be affected in any way. If, for some reason, you do not get an email from us (please check your SPAM folder!), just drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you sorted out.
Get DO Journal and start your journal / diary journey today:
DO Journal is a beautiful journal / electronic diary application for Windows that has the capability to securely maintain multiple journals. DO Journal can also be used as a Windows PC client for Day One (using Dropbox sync for Day One Classic and the new Day One v2 Data Import Tool for Day One v2).