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Magic Cipher Video: Steganography (Hiding Data in Images)

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Magic Cipher Video: File and Folder Encryption

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Magic Cipher: Usage Scenarios and Examples

Example 1: One to One Private Communications

Bill and Ted are ready to start making plans for their next Excellent Adventure. Knowing that their email discussions could be intercepted and easily read, they use the Magic Cipher Shared Secret Generator with it’s Strength Meter to create a Shared Secret they can use together.

They type their discussions into Magic Cipher and email the contents as encrypted text directly from within Magic Cipher. They are now secure in the knowledge that no­-one can obtain access to their plans and attempt to put a spanner in the works!

Example 2: One to Many Private Communications

Bill and Ted decide they want to involve the Historical Babes in some of their plans, but not all. The four of them agree a Shared Secret and now Bill and Ted can communicate between themselves using their own Shared Secret and if they wish to include the Historical Babes they use the second Shared Secret previously agreed between the four of them.

Example 3: One to Many Private Communications over a Public Medium

Frodo is setting off on his next adventure and as is the fashion nowadays he wants to update the world with his travels via an online blog. With his new Macbook Pro this will be easy enough, however there is certain information he wishes only to be read and understood by Merry and Pippin who are holding the fort for him back in Hobbiton.

Before he sets off the three of them agree on a Shared Secret and as Frodo updates the world via his blog he uses Magic Cipher to append an encrypted entry on the end of his posts, in a separate paragraph, knowing that the world can see but not read or understand his instructions, which are only for the eyes of Merry and Pippin. Frodo uses the built in Virtual Keyboard to add a little bit of extra security to his posts.

Example 4: The Benefits of Cross Platform

Unfortunately, small, slim and gorgeous though it is, the Macbook Pro is just a little bit too big ­ and let’s face it, expensive ­ to take across Middle Earth, what with the danger from the Orcs and other dark forces.

At the last minute Frodo decides to switch to a small Linux notebook which he obtained free of charge with his mobile broadband card. Luckily Magic Cipher works as well on Linux as it does on macOS or Windows, so Frodo has no need to change his plans, or his choice of encryption software.

Example 5: Magic Cipher, Not Just for Men

While Frodo is off on his travels his wife, feeling lonely, takes a lover. Knowing that the local Hobbiton ISP takes quite an interest in emails to and from the villagers, they both use Magic Cipher to arrange their rendezvous. Even hobbits need loving.

Besides it was rather selfish of Frodo to disappear like that for months at a time ­ and who knows what he got up to with Sam on that epic journey?

Example 6: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words …

Sat on his sofa safe back at home several months after his epic journey to Mordor, Frodo dreams of his next challenge. With Sam on board, who now lives several miles away in Bree, Frodo and Sam use the Steganography features of Magic Cipher to enable them to swap ideas and plans which they have hidden in pictures which they upload to their Facebook pages.

With no evidence that their pictures are anything more than rather boring pictures of Sams garden or Frodos wine collection, nobody has any clue that there is another adventure being planned. In fact nobody has any reason to suspect Sam and Frodo are even in communication regularly. Problem Solved!

Magic Cipher Video: Text / Email Encryption

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Magic Cipher: The Story [1/2]

In 2007 I’d just launched my first application for the Mac, macVCR and I was looking for inspiration for my next project. I had long recognised the need for a simple and easy to use encryption program and hadn’t been able to find one. I decided my goal should be to create one.  Not only would this ‘scratch an itch’ it would hopefully go on to become a successful product in its own right.  If I needed this then so did others.

The problem was that I used, and still do, macOS, Windows and Linux on a regular basis, and so would some of my customers. If they, for example, use Windows now – they may use macOS in the future.  For this to be a worthwhile endeavour my product would have to run on those three major operating system platforms and provide transparency and compatibility between them. This was no longer a small project.

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To make this product a reality I chose Xojo as a development platform, or REALStudio as it was then known, and set to work creating R10Cipher.

The first thing I needed was a Vision Statement, something to guide me during development and help focus my thoughts. I settled on the following:

A Simple and Easy Method to Safely Encrypt your Email Correspondence and Document Files.  It’s like your emails and documents are carried by a SWAT team rather than being written on a Postcard !  R10Cipher is for Individuals. For Businesses. For You. For Me. For Mum and Dad. For Teachers. For Professionals. For Journalists. For Executives. For Everybody.  Because our Privacy and Security have never been more important.

The next thing I needed to do was decide on what encryption technology to use. AES was relatively new at the time and was still looked at suspiciously by many Americans following the whole ‘Clipper Chip‘ incident.  In the end I settled on a UK invented encryption technology called Blowfish.  Blowfish is a keyed symmetric block cipher which was invented by ‘Security Guru’ and renowned author Bruce Schneier in 1993. It provides excellent encryption and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Blowfish is free of patents and back doors, and Bruce has placed Blowfish in the public domain.

Version 1 of R10Cipher was released in 2008 and sold only a few dozen copies.  Using the feedback from these early customers Version 2 was released with some significant enhancements including drag and drop batch encryption of files and documents.

When Version 2 was released, Version 1 was featured as a free edition on the DVD Cover Disks for the glossy UK editions of MacFormat and MacWorld magazines, on consecutive months.  Since then I have agreed for it to be distributed on several foreign editions of the magazines.  Hundreds of new users were gained through the distribution of the free edition, and many of those went on to pay for an upgrade to Version 2.

Macworld and MacFormat Magazines featuring R10Cipher 1 on the Cover DVD

Direct Sales of Version 2 were excellent, with good feedback and testimonials. New customers means new ideas and feature requests and so Version 3 was scheduled.

Version 3 released 2nd August 2009 was a major new version that addressed all user requests from Versions 1 and 2. The main advantages of Version 3 were an increase in encryption strength to 384 Bit, an encryption strength indicator and a full Key Management capability which creates an encrypted local database which contains the ‘Shared Secrets’ that you use to communicate with your different contacts.

Interest in Version 3 was phenomenal, it far exceeded my expectations. I had many upgrades from Version 2 to Version 3 and as I offered an upgrade policy even from the free edition, I have had a few upgrade from Version 1 to Version 3 also.

2009 also saw R10Cipher become a Finalist in the UK IT Industry Awards, Technology Excellence / Information Security Product category.  The UK IT Industry Awards are held annually by Computing Magazine and the British Computer Society.

R10Cipher: Finalist UK IT Industry Awards

In April 2010 in conjunction with MacFormat Magazine I offered a free Version 2.5 SE on the DVD Cover Disk with a discounted upgrade to Version 3. This promotion was not as successful as earlier promotions, possibly because 2.5 SE was a ‘designed to be free’ product, rather than an actual previously sold version. In addition Version 3 had at this stage been out for a while.

Version 4 of R10Cipher was released in June 2010, with Version 5 being released in July 2012.

Commercially R10Cipher has been a great success for me with several thousand users and it is a product I am very proud of. Just as importantly, my customers have had immediate and measurable benefits through the use of R10Cipher. Previously they knew they needed something to protect their communication and documents, but they could not find a product that seemed easy and simple enough for them to use.  R10Cipher filled that requirement.

IT Security and Data Protection were and are high on many peoples agendas at the moment, or at least they should be, and yet the majority of people are left exposed because until R10Cipher came along there was not a product simple and easy and complete enough for them to consider using it.

Here are some paragraphs about R10Cipher, back in the day:

R10Cipher is unique in that this is the first cross platform end to end encryption product that real people can and will use for day to day encryption purposes. R10Cipher does not attempt to encrypt a complete volume, R10Cipher does not try and involve the user with complex Public Key encryption, R10Cipher does not need a complicated install, in fact R10Cipher does not need installing at all. R10Cipher concentrates on being the easiest to use and most reliable End to End, Text and File Encryption software.

The lack of an installation makes R10Cipher unique in that you can copy the Windows (XP, Vista and 7), Mac OSX and Linux versions of R10Cipher to a USB drive or external device, along with your documents and carry your data about with you knowing that a) You can access that data on any computer and b) It is secure, so if you lose it or leave it in a taxi then the information is unreadable and no harm is done.

Because of it’s simplicity and ease of use R10Cipher pioneers new ways of working. Backup your important data to the web, iCloud, Dropbox or similar – encrypted by R10Cipher, and retrieve the information later, wherever you happen to be. Your data is secure – secured by you not by your web hosting company. If your hosting company is enforced by law to hand over your information, that information is useless to the recipient unless *you* agree to provide access.

The main innovation of R10Cipher therefore is not in the technology but the way in which the product is designed to be easy and simple to use for everybody – not just IT Professionals.

This brings us nearly up to date.  I should perhaps mention that R10Cipher took a back seat for me, as did my other commercial products, between 2012 and 2016.  This was due to personal and health problems involving, amongst other things, Motorcycles and Air Ambulance Helicopters.

R10Cipher was never forgotten and when the chance came to resurrect it through an acquisition by Area51 Limited I was extremely pleased.  Not only could the product be re-written, updated and enhanced and once again made available, but I would be backed up by others who could step into my shoes and continue development, should the worse ever happen.

2016: Magic Cipher was born.  Press Release

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Easy to Use SQL Tool | oneSql 101: Connections

Visual Guide to oneSql: Part 1

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oneSql Multi Database Tool: Final Beta

The Final Beta of my Cross Platform, Multi Language, Multi Database Tool – oneSql is now available. Hopefully I’ve got everything right and it performs as expected with no (major!) bugs. Existing Beta Testers can download from the usual place, and new Beta Testers can sign up HERE.

Prior to release I have to finish the Manual, finalise Pricing, setup Paypal and also setup a Sample Database for new users to use during their Trial Mode. I also need to put the oneSql website live … mmm more than I realised … 🙂

The final artwork has arrived back for the oneSql box and the oneSql manual, you can see the images below:

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Note that for this final Beta you should delete both your Settings and your Preferences file as there have been changes involving encryption.

For information on Software Licensing for oneSql, have a look at my recent blog posts on this subject, here and here.

I wanted to do something different to mark the release of oneSql, so I am toying with the following idea of a bonus or incentive, I’d love to know your opinions:

The first 10 people to purchase any edition of oneSql (except the Single User Standard Edition) will receive a Limited Edition oneSql mug (1 of only 20 in existence) as well as a goody bag of assorted promotional items. In addition they will receive a printed and signed edition of my computer security ebook, ‘Securing the Network’. I may even throw a T-Shirt in there as well 🙂 I will ship this bonus to anywhere in the world. 

The first 100 purchasers of oneSql Single User Standard Edition receive a voucher worth $5 off their next purchase from chol.technology.

As always – leave you comments below. If you don’t talk I can’t listen.

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Spanish Language Beta of oneSql Available

Finally !  English, French, German, Italian and now Spanish are all supported by the latest Beta of oneSql, our Cross Platform, Multi-Database SQL and Database Tool.

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Always interested in additional Beta Testers, if you are interested you can go to this page to register your interest.

Besides the addition of Spanish as a supported language, there are just a few more changes ‘under the hood’ so to speak.

  • New Default Logon for MariaDB: root
  • New Default Logon for PostGreSQL: postgres
  • New Windows Menu
  • Main Window Area Zoom Facility
  • Logon Window, Cleaner User Interface
  • Logon Window, Removed the Connections Log
  • Did I mention Spanish Language Support ?

Existing Beta Testers can download from the Build List in the Trello project as usual. Please let me know of any issues as the Release Version is due very soon now … 🙂 Your time and efforts are much appreciated.

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PostGreSQL Support Available for oneSql Beta

The Latest Beta Version of oneSql was uploaded earlier today. The main difference with this version is that PostgreSQL is now a supported database. This is in response to many requests from Beta Testers, Friends and Colleagues.

oneSql now supports MySQL, SQLite, MariaDB and PostgreSQL.

Additional changes in this version include the following:

  • Settings File Renamed
  • SQL Keywords File Renamed
  • Some Rebranding
  • Code Refactoring
  • List UI Updates, now Faster

If you are an existing Beta Tester then please Trash your existing Settings and Preferences files before using this version.

If you would like to become a Beta Tester than CLICK HERE.

Version 1.0 will be available very shortly, assuming this Beta Version doesn't suffer with too may bugs or issues 🙂  If you are a Beta Tester then let me know if you require your 30% Discount coupon and I'll get it sent over to you as soon as possible 🙂

oneSql: New Beta Release for Cross Platform Tool

oneSql Beta Edition 1606 was released earlier today.  With one thing and another this release has been a while coming. I hope it’s considered worth it !

The main changes in this release are:

  • UI / Button Behaviour on Connection Window: Revised
  • MariaDB: Implemented as a Totally Separate Database Option
  • Data Import Templates: Complete
  • New Save Icon
  • Assorted Tweaks, Refactors and Bug Fixes

I have uploaded a couple of movies to YouTube that demonstrate how the Data Import Templates work. These templates could make your life much simpler and convenient should you need to import data often. For the Version 1.0 of oneSql their functionality will remain virtually unchanged, however future releases will include Update as well as Insert functionality, Programmable Column Values, Logically Calculated Column Values, Automation and much more.

oneSql: Creating an Import Template

Using an Import Template

Here are some screenshots taken from the latest version of oneSql.

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oneSql PostgreSQL Support … Soon

By popular demand PostgreSQL support is being added to oneSql.  It’s not there yet but it will be available very soon.  Click here if you are interested in being a Beta Tester.

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blackdogCRM: New Movie

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This new movie available to view below, or via my YouTube account, shows you just how simple it is to upgrade from a single user edition of blackdogCRM to a multi-user MySQL Server edition using our upgrade tool. A four step process that does all the heavy lifting including populating the server database with all the data from the existing single user SQLite database.

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The oneSql Story: [1] Prologue

Prologue

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To understand oneSql it is necessary to first be introduced to DataViewer. DataViewer is a small collection of software objects available for Xojo and RealStudio Developers to purchase and use within their own programs. DataViewer is a self contained window which can connect to any MySQL or SQLite database and perform SQL Queries and execute SQL commands against that database. Lots of features are supported including Export in several formats. DataViewer works on Mac OSX, Microsoft Windows and Linux.

Initially oneSql was created as a demonstration of what could be created using the DataViewer components. This is still the case and all the main functionality from oneSql will make it into the DataViewer component, and vice versa.

In addition however I’ve decided to make oneSql a Stand Alone, LightWeight, No Install Needed – SQL Database Tool for OSX, Windows and Linux – and possibly iOS and Android.

oneSql currently supports MySQL and SQLite. I intend to add support for PostgreSQL, Oracle and ODBC in future releases.

The target audience for oneSql is initially technical people, or ‘power users’ who need a simple, efficient, cross platform SQL Tool on their portable USB Drive. DBA’s, System Admins, Developers, Accountants – all have need of a tools such as oneSql.

These users probably currently have a favourite tool for each operating system platform they use. I’d like to replace their existing tools with oneSql. I hope to do this by focusing on the features that are most important to them and eliminating those that seek to overcomplicate the typical SQL product.

I also hope to introduce new functionality that will interest those same individuals who can get additional benefits from using oneSql. For example the ability to put the Mac, Windows and Linux versions of oneSql onto a USB Drive and then connect the drive to virtually any computer and load and use oneSql, without installation, is fairly unique.

Multi Language Support – English / Spanish / French and German, will all be featured in the initial Version 1.0 release. This will be the first time I have designed and written software from scratch to incorporate multiple language support.

Some of the Key Features and Benefits of oneSql available in the initial 1.0 Release are noted below:

  • Support for English / American / French / German / Italian and Spanish Languages
  • Native Support for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux
  • Support for SQLite and MySQL Databases
  • Simple, Fair and Inexpensive Licensing
  • Corporate Site Licensing Options
  • Half Price Licensing Option for Education and Non Profits
  • Simple, Easy to Use Design
  • High Quality of Software Engineering
  • Consistent use of Fonts and Icons
  • Small Size (14Mb) with No Installation Required
  • User Configurable User Interface Elements
  • Results Grid Customisation, Font Size, Stripe, Separator
  • Maintain a Session Connection Log
  • Maintain a Session History of SQL Statements
  • Double Click to Recall from SQL History
  • Option to Maintain a Permanent SQL History Log
  • Maintain a Database of Connections with Descriptions
  • SQL Syntax Highlighting (Caps, Bold and Colour)
  • User Editable Keyword List
  • Each Statement Execution Timed in Seconds / Microseconds
  • DB Objects Window to Choose Tables, Views and Columns
  • Data Export Facility, CSV (,), CSV(;), Tab Delimited and JSON
  • Save and Load External SQL Scripts
  • One Click Record Count – Any Table
  • One Click Fetch 20 Records – Any Table
  • One Click Fetch All Records – Any Table
  • Insert a SQL Query Template
  • Option to Automatically Prefix Columns with Table Name
  • Option to Automatically Append a Comma to the Column Names
  • Window Sizes and Positions Saved on Exit
  • User Interface Customisations Saved on Exit
  • Multiple Statements Parsed and Executed Sequentially
  • Unique ‘User Prompts’ Facility
  • A Social Menu, Easily Connecting You to Me
  • One Click Email Support

Some of the Features and Benefits I envisage for future editions of oneSql are noted below:

  • Information Cleansing and Conversion Scripts
  • Command Line Scripted Access
  • Piped Output Options
  • Add Support for PostGres
  • Add Support for Oracle
  • Add Support for ODBC
  • Test Support for MariaDB
  • Option to Publish the Results as HTML, to a Web Server
  • Access Privileges and Restrictions
  • Autocomplete for SQL Keywords
  • Online Manual
  • Store Scripts in the Settings Database
  • Option to Attach a Script to a Specific Connection
  • iOS and Android Versions

Summary

At the time of writing oneSql is just a few weeks from Version 1.0 Release.  Release will be via my website initially (www.stevencholerton.com) followed by the Apple Mac Store.

It’s interesting to me that my idea to release this product was met by a lot of anger and derision by someone who helps develop a product with which oneSql potentially competes.

At the end of the day the SQL Tool market is fragmented, and without any clear market leader there are opportunities for all.  As a recently passed friend of mine was fond of saying, ‘Even a Mouse can look at the Queen !’ Live and Let Live I reckon, there are enough wars in the world without starting any more, and let’s just agree to let our products do the talking.

oneSQL Legend

 

Steven Cholerton
April 2014

Dedication: oneSql is dedicated to Alison Fowler. RIP.

 

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R10Cipher: New Release and Discount

A new version of my best selling product,  R10Cipher was released earlier today.

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This is a free of charge (for Version 5 Customers) interim release of R10Cipher which fixes some issues in Version 5, prior to the commercial release of Version 6.

On the Mac this version is now fully Cocoa which makes this version the fastest and most stable yet. The Clear Text area has also been substantially worked on and no longer feels sluggish when working with larger documents. Performance has also been increased on Windows and Linux.

There is a new Support window, accessible from the Toolbar.

The three available Views; Main, Activity and Keys can once again (as per Version 4) be accessed from the Toolbar as well as the Menus. In addition they are now ‘Toggle’ buttons.

The Encryption and Decryption engine remains unchanged from previous releases.

As an incentive anyone purchasing R10Cipher in the next week can email me and ask for a 30% discount code. They will also receive the Version 6 upgrade free of charge next month.

Here are some images of the new release:

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Xojo Building Blocks

Today I purchased the domain xojobuildingblocks.com. I have several products that are just about ready to be featured and a number of other ideas and resources that I want to include on this site to create a resource for Xojo Components, Modules, Frameworks etc.

There is not a lot to see yet, however that will change shortly 🙂

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Free: macsFileMover

This is the second of my products that I have decided to release , free of charge for personal, non-commercial use. This is a  small utility product for Mac OSX and Windows.

If you find my software useful and you feel you’d like to help with my personal quest for a USA PRS Guitar then feel free to make a donation via Paypal. My address is scholerton@gmail.com 🙂

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Product: macsFileMover
Purpose: Automated File Moving and Copying
Platform: Windows and Mac OSX
Size: 5Mb
Copyright: Steven John Cholerton
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Summary

macsFileMover allows you to setup multiple file Source and Destinations and at a user determined interval the contents of the SOURCE folder will be COPIED or MOVED to the DESTINATION.

That is pretty much all it does.  Where it excels is when used on servers particularly when regular archiving of logs etc. is required. Once setup the Source and Destinations can be saved to a preferences file and then reloaded when you next use the software.

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BlackdogCRM: Products

This image shows the blackdogCRM Products window.  Bill of Materials are supported, as are several different Selling Prices, Sales Scripts, Groups, Targets and many other features.

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This image shows the spreadsheet template that is supplied to help you to import your existing products into blackdogCRM.

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