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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
Flaunting an inappropriate title and missing a key feature, this free program is nonetheless useful for jotting down and safely storing notes. SafeSex is a sticky notes application that can fittingly assign separate titles and password protection to individual notes. We easily stretched and shrank each little window to add as much text space as we wanted, and we were given a few aesthetic options such as font preferences, background, and border color changes. We appreciate that it can keep the title bar affixed to the desktop, even over other application windows. Unlike comparable programs, SafeSex offers additional security measures like its user-specified expiration period that times out access to your notes. The app also utilizes Blowfish encryption algorithms to encrypt and decrypt your messages as you access them. However, the absence of an alarm feature is a blow. If they can get past the title and the missing alarm, security-minded users seeking a notes app will find something to like with this freeware.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 0.35

General

Release November 9, 2008
Date Added January 21, 2005
Version 0.35

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP

Popularity

Total Downloads 18,293
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

SafeSex allows you to have some notes that are easily accessible, but relatively secure. It sits on your screen, waiting for a click, and on a click it will activate and give you access to your notes. That is, of course, if you enter the passphrase that your notes are encrypted with. For ease, the passphrase will be cached in memory, and expire after a user-configurable time. The notes themselves are stored in RTF, and encrypted when stored to disk. When the SafeSex window is not open, the notes are not stored in memory. They are encrypted and decrypted on demand.

The encryption used is Blowfish, using the 20 byte SHA-1 of the passphrase as the key. It uses Blowfish in CBC mode, with the initialization vector being incremented every time. SafeSex keeps running in the background, using very little memory and resources, and automatically keeps itself running across reboots (i.e. if you reboot with SafeSex running, it will come back on startup).