bLADE Wiki: Encryption

Protecting your more sensitive notes 

Current options open to bLADE Wiki users

Wiki pages are plain text files, and you decide where to store them using wiki locations

There are ways to encrypt files on Windows Mobile in a way that is transparent to applications. You may want to use such an approach to encrypt your wiki notes.

For example:

  • Windows Mobile 6 - can password-protect access to files in a PDA's main memory, and provide encryption for any files on removable storage such as Storage Cards.

    This is my preferred approach : rather than every application you use have it's own approach to encryption, let the Operating System provide an overarching global implementation, and let each application use it transparently.

  • FreeOTFE - For Windows Mobile 5 devices, an alternative is FreeOTFE : a free, open source, "on-the-fly" transparent disk encryption program.

    "Using this software, you can create one or more "virtual disks" on your PC/PDA. These disks operate exactly like a normal disk, with the exception that anything written to one of them is transparently, and securely, encrypted before being stored."

 

Watch this space 

That said, I have played with adding support for encryption in bLADE Wiki, however this work is still at an early stage. 

My intended approach will be:
  • Use password-based approach (rather than requiring certificates etc.)
  • Allow individual pages to be encrypted / decrypted
  • Provide preference for whether new pages created in a specified wiki location are encrypted
  • Provide an interface that lets you encrypt / decrypt one or more pages within a wiki location at once

If you have any comments or suggestions on this, please add a comment to the blog post here.

 

Be notified if encryption support becomes available

Remember that you can use the RSS feed provided at http://bladewiki.blogspot.com/ to be alerted when an update is available.

Do you need this?

If you think you would use any future support for encryption, please do let me know - it would be useful to have a bit of a kick as an incentive to work on finishing this! 

Email dale.lane@gmail.com