Espionage
Espionage
3.7.1

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Espionage free download for Mac

Espionage

3.7.1
17 November 2018

Simple, state-of-the-art encryption and plausible deniability for your data.

Overview

Espionage offers state-of-the-art encryption and plausible deniability for your confidential data.

Sometimes, encrypting your data isn't enough to protect it. That's why Espionage 3 goes beyond data encryption. You can create multiple master passwords, each protecting an isolated set of folders. Every protected folder can also advertise completely different data, depending on whether it's locked or unlocked. Espionage 3 is also the most secure Espionage yet, featuring AES-256 encryption by default, and scrypt to protect your passwords from even the most powerful of adversaries.

Features
  • Source code available for security professionals.
  • Designed for plausible deniability. Multiple master passwords through Folder Sets. Want two versions of your email? Espionage can handle that.
  • Enhances deniable encryption by creating fake Folder Sets and fake disk images.
  • Laptop-theft tracking apps (like Undercover) work when using Espionage without FileVault.
  • Super-computer defying encryption: AES-256 + scrypt.
  • Silent. Espionage 3 doesn't make it easy for people to know what's encrypted.
  • Folder Actions make it easy to encrypt your email.
  • Quickly access folders via the menu bar and keyboard shortcuts.
  • Works with your favorite backup software like Time Machine and Dropbox.
  • Optionally prevent folder contents from showing up in Spotlight even when the folder is unlocked.
  • High-quality customer support. Yes, given how terrible customer support can be, we consider this a feature.

What's new in Espionage

Version 3.7.1: New:
Fixed:
  • Crash during setup on macOS Mojave

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Pistarino
06 June 2012

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Espionage 3 is a BIG step back from version 2: they removed all cool features present in older version, application control, folder password protection and they step in AppStore, this means waiting for crucual updates (like the 3.0.1 that should fix encryption in system folders). It is more a downgrade, in my opinion...
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Version 3.0.0
Psychiatry
27 May 2017
Before I rely on a company to encrypt my data, the one problem I have is will that company be there 10 years from now? Will their software still be compatible with Mac OS 10.22? Or is this a fly by night company that will leave your data suddenly unusable years from now? I don't know yet. So I'm standing pat and watching this company. Does Espionage allow you to manage Sparse Encrypted Disk Images like Knox does? I would be very interested and probably buy it if it did. If the company croaks, at least Mac OS can decrypt the disk images.
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Version 3.6.6
2 answer(s)
Tao Effect LLC
Tao Effect LLC
16 June 2017
Hi Psychiatry,

While I can't tell you whether we'll be around in 10 years (just the limitations of not having a crystal ball), I can say that we've been around for 9 years already and have put this software through 3 major versions over that period of time.

To answer your other question, yes, Espionage does manage Apple's sparse disk images for you, and yes it can give you direct access and control over them, so that even if we were to disappear, you would still have access to that data. Just make sure to keep a backup of the database file which contains the encrypted and randomized private keys to each sparsebundle. That file is located in Espionage's application support folder, here:

/Users/[your username]/Library/Application Support/com.taoeffect.Espionage3/database3
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cig0
cig0
27 November 2017
What you want is GPG.
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fvonherder
03 May 2017
A rather innocent and stupid question: I am using espionage 3 to encrypt my sensible data. When i am backing up my data with time machine, the encrypted espionage folders are not backed up like the rest of my non-encrypted-folders... Right? How can i include my espionage folders in the time-machine-backup on my mac? Thanks
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Version 3.6.6
1 answer(s)
ben-marko
ben-marko
28 May 2017
I use Synkron. It is a few extra clicks, but I have gotten used to it. Works very well.
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Taoeffect
15 February 2016
Important: Starting in 3.6.3, we've dropped support for 10.7, 10.8, and 10.9 because all of these operating systems are insecure. Please see our blog post for further details about this: https://www.taoeffect.com/blog/2016/02/espionage-3-6-3-drops-10-7-10-8-10-9-sparklegate-fix/
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Version 3.6.3
Hans_K
30 April 2015
Looks like nice software, but... no support for encrypted folders on network volumes. Most of my data resides on a centralised shared network, so cannot use Espionage for it... If it would have supported any volume, I might purchase a license.
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Version 3.6.2
3 answer(s)
Taoeffect
Taoeffect
30 April 2015
Have you tried moving the disk image to your network volume? That should end up working out as long as only one person accesses it at a time.

You can do that by clicking on the 'i' icon for any folder in the list > click on the Disk Image name > Change disk image location...

Or, you can move the disk image first, and then use that menu to "re-connect" Espionage to it.

If you need any help we're always available at support [at] taoeffect dot com.
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Hans_K
Hans_K
01 May 2015
@Tao: surprised to receive a reply in the very last minute the special promo was valid. Anyway, I use a mac mini with osx server to share files and folders on the network. Tried dragging a folder from in one of the shares to the Espionage icon and got this error message that network volumes are unsupported. Not sure what you intend to explain, as I never got Espionage to do anything with the folder, so no 'i' icon or whatever. In my opinion this should work flawlessly without workarounds.
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Taoeffect
Taoeffect
01 May 2015
@Bbb, so in the case of *encrypting* a folder over a network connection, Espionage may protest as that can be a very slow and potentially dangerous operation. The actual encryption is handled by Apple's sparsebundle technology, and it does not handle encryption over a network very well.

So we recommend encrypting something locally first, and then moving the encrypted disk image to the network volume. Yes, ideally it would work flawlessly with no workarounds, but in this case there is nothing we can do short of abandoning sparsebundles (something we are actually looking into for other reasons).
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zeki893
14 March 2015
Beware that if you want to open the encrypted files anywhere else other than the the mac you installed it on, you need to copy some hidden essential database files over as well. There are no warnings or reminder that you need to backup this database file if you ever lose the mac or want to recover the encrypted files. If you go to the forums of this app you'll see that there are tons of people who have lost their important files because of this very reason. The design of this part of the app is poor in my opinion. Hopefully you have a backup somewhere that isn't encrypted but that pretty much defeats the purpose of having this app..
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Version 3.6.2
8 answer(s)
Taoeffect
Taoeffect
08 April 2015
Hi Zeki893,

Espionage, like every other app, needs to keep its information somewhere.

So it keeps it in its Application Support folder, as per standard Mac OS X convention.

I am not aware of any way that we can fix this without compromising the privacy of our users. If you have suggestions, please feel free to let us know.

> Hopefully you have a backup somewhere that isn't encrypted but that pretty much defeats the purpose of having this app..

How so?

Kind regards,
Greg, Tao Effect
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zeki893
zeki893
09 April 2015
If it was like every other app then it would have a notice/reminder to backup any essential files that are critical for data recovery.
Your normal users would not know that these files are necessary. They would probably just backup the data file and run into a big surprise when they decide to reformat/reinstall their system without these critical files to recover.

A suggestion would be to start off by educating your users by having a popup or something to remind users to backup these critical files to be able to recover their data.
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Taoeffect
Taoeffect
10 April 2015
Thanks for the suggestion. Are you aware of an application that does this in a way that you think is good? I cannot think of one, and it would help to see a concrete example and to know what you believe is an example of an app that gets it right.

Kind regards,
Greg, Tao Effect
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Walksonair
Walksonair
01 May 2015
I was just gonna hit the buy button but this comment made me think twice. I use online backups that don't backup the applications folder or the application support folder at all. So, I'm glad I read through and found out the issue of the dependent files.

Also, although the Developer has taken the time to write professional sounding responses to this comment, the responses do come across as defensive and throws the burden of solving the concern back at the OP. I hope the OP gets credit for providing this feedback as I thought it was useful.
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Taoeffect
Taoeffect
01 May 2015
I did not mean to make it sound like OP needed to figure out a solution him (or her)self. I was just honestly curious to understand what they meant by "every other app". I've been a Mac user all my life and I have never seen a single app remind users to backup their application support folder, and certainly not in a way that was effective or noticeable.

If OP isn't exaggerating, it would simply be helpful for solving his (or her) own concern if they can show us what they consider to be effective.

We'll think on it. It's not an easy problem to solve, as the more text we show the less any of it will be payed attention to. We welcome any suggestions/advice on this.

Kind regards,
Greg, Tao Effect
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Taoeffect
Taoeffect
01 May 2015
Here's our currently plan on how to implement this:

- Present a modal dialog that explains how to backup those files on second launch and at 5-launch intervals repeatedly thereafter until user checks "Don't show again". Have same information available on demand via Help.

We could also use the notifications system, but for now we're leaning on a modal dialog that appears at intervals, is dismissible permanently, and accessible via Help menu.

Feedback welcome either here or on our forums!
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Big Johnson
Big Johnson
09 September 2015
Walksonair, I disagree with your assessment that the dev's replies sound brusque.
They didn't strike me that way at all, and after reading your comment I went back and re-read the replies. While I can see why you may have interpreted them that way, I don't think that's how they were intended.

I think that when they said "Are you aware of an application that does this in a way that you think is good? I cannot think of one, and it would help to see a concrete example and to know what you believe is an example of an app that gets it right," they were seriously asking you to show them another app that does what you think Espionage should do, so they can take a look and see if it's something they may want to implement in future versions.


Since YOU walk on air, it's hard to live up to your standards. ;-)
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dp-larry
dp-larry
15 March 2018
zeki893 You are right, to say the least. I lost ALL(years of) encrypted data. Both external and internal drives. Customer support is 1 Russian guy at his home. He promised to help while connected to my computer and wanted control and shared screen. For the next 1 hour 45 mins he tried to help in his long winded and slow way. I believe he downloaded data from my computer. In the end, it was clear he knew from the very beginning he could never help me. So why did he want to have control of my computer? Avoid espionage like the plague.
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Mondele
10 August 2014
What's really holding me back from using Espionage regularly is the lack of an iOS client. I would love to use this to protect my DropBox folder, but until I can access those files in iOS, it is less useful to me. I appreciate the advantages to using this on my computer, and I own a copy, but I find I don't use it as I might because of this lack.
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Version 3.6
1 answer(s)
TCalhau
TCalhau
23 September 2014
Perfect!
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Pistarino
07 August 2014
I have been using Espionage from former version 2 to protect my data from prying eyes and I found version 3 over the top (at least from when it has left the App Store! :-). It implements in a flawless way the encrypted vaults available with Mac OS X and automates easily their use. The plausible deniability is excellent. The program is excellent. The best available on Mac.
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Version 3.6
brunoM3731
09 June 2014
Hello, I have been using Espionage for a couple of years with great satisfaction: simple, efficient, perfect. Now recently I had to migrate from one computer to another and needed support to find my encrypted files again. I got an amazing, personal, one on one support that I only wish I did get when I deal with big companies!!! So I have only praises to sing for this software and big thanks for their support again!
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Version 3.5.3
uniQue
04 October 2013
@MacUpdate staff clicking the image for Espionage currently loads an iframe showing the latest App Updates and not the image for Espionage.
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Version 3.5.2
Cgc
28 September 2013
I'm uninstalling Espionage 3 and reverting to Espionage 2 as I really dislike the way version 3 operates. From being asked to enter the unlock password at login, to the way it unlocks the folders, etc. I think version 2 is so much more transparent.
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Version 3.5.2
2 answer(s)
Itistoday
Itistoday
05 October 2013
Hi Cgc, regarding the password prompt on login, this happens when you've set a folder to auto-unlock when you login. Yes, Espionage 2, if set to use the login keychain, would not prompt you. However, Apple's login keychain uses 3DES for its encryption, and may have unknown vulnerabilities or backdoors in it. We also did not want to encourage users to make their Espionage password the same as their OS X account password. We did not want to compromise customer's security over (what we feel) is a minor convenience. Kind regards, Greg, Tao Effect LLC
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Cgc
Cgc
07 October 2013
I don't let Keychain enter my password. Rather, Espionage 2 prompts me for the folder password when I attempt to open it. MUCH more intuitive vs. the clumsy open dialog Espionage 3 uses.
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3.9

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