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triarius

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Confused about folder sets and plausible deniability
« on: April 01, 2016, 08:16:51 PM »
I have the latest version of Espionage 3 running under OS 10.11.4. When I first installed E3, I didn't think I'd want plausible deniability. However, paranoia has won.

I don't understand several things:

1. How do I create "fake" folder sets? The same way I create the real ones?
2. I understand that the mountpoint is where I want the encrypted folder to appear when opened, should the disk image be located somewhere else?
3. How do I hide the disk images? If they are not hidden, what happened to "plausible deniability"?

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Re: Confused about folder sets and plausible deniability
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2016, 08:46:35 AM »
There is no difference between fake and real folder sets. It is just a matter what will you save where.
The real advantage of the folder sets is that it is not possible to determine if, and how many folder sets did you create in Espionage, so if you are forced to unlock Espionage you can pick the folder set you want to reveal and there is no way to determine if you revealed the "real" one or some folder set you created for exactly this "forced to reveal" purpose.

The disk images are by default located inside your (hidden) Library folder. It is less that we want them to be hidden, and more that we make sure users do not delete them by accident. This is when you are protecting a folder from your internal, boot, disk. If you are protecting a folder located on an external disk, you will be asked where to save the disk image. This is because with internal disk we know the folder structure in advance, as it is layed out by the OS X, whereas on the external disk we do not, so we cannot default to some predefined folder.

There is no need and no point in hiding the disk images. They cannot be unlocked without password, and since Espionage 3.6, we are creating fake disk images during initial setup, so the number of disk images mean nothing, it is not related to the number of protected folders. So somebody seeing 5 disk images, cannot force you to show him the content of all 5, because there is no way to determine if they are fake or real and you can simply claim that they are fake.

It is simple yet interesting concept and makes the whole Espionage thing very safe.

If you have any further questions, feel free to ask,

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Re: Confused about folder sets and plausible deniability
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2016, 06:49:23 PM »
Thank you Zsolt. That clarifies things.

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The disk images are by default located inside your (hidden) Library folder.

My Library folder does not appear to be hidden. Do you mean they are hidden files inside my Library folder? (My assumption is that they are, but I want to be sure.)

Thanks again,

Ross

Okay, now it is hidden ??? What a lovely OS  >:(
« Last Edit: April 03, 2016, 04:50:27 PM by triarius »

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Re: Confused about folder sets and plausible deniability
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2016, 05:42:30 PM »
When I open Espionage preferences, I find I cannot change the location of the disk images back to the Library folder, even if I use iVisible to make it visible before hand.

How do I get my disk images into the hidden Library folder?

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Re: Confused about folder sets and plausible deniability
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2016, 06:50:16 PM »
Hello, the Library folder is hidden by default since Lion (10.7), here is an article about it http://www.macworld.com/article/2057221/how-to-view-the-library-folder-in-mavericks.html

To set the default location of the espionage disk images, yes, you have to point it to the Data folder inside com.taoeffect.Espionage3 folder, which is inside Application Support folder, which is in Library, or maybe simpler

Homer folder/Library/Application Support/com.taoeffect.Espionage3/Data

See the linked screenshot, at

https://www.dropbox.com/s/htty8e1hfcx41w4/Preferences.png?dl=0

Let me know if you need further help,

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