Espionage
Espionage 3.5.3
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Advanced data security with real folder encryption and plausible deniability.   Shareware ($29.99)
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Espionage offers state-of-the-art security for your confidential data.

Sometimes, encrypting your data isn't enough to protect it. That's why Espionage 3 goes beyond data encryption.

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.
  • Laptop-theft tracking apps (like Undercover) work when using Espionage without FileVault.
What's New
Version 3.5.3:
  • SECURITY: Bug introduced in 3.5.2 that resulted in all folder paths of an unlocked Folder Set being logged to the system log. After several days (or weeks) these messages will disappear from the log files, but you can force their removal using a tool like OnyX. For OnyX, use these settings.
  • IMPROVED: Added retina support for lock/unlock slider. Retina support for other graphics coming too.
  • FIXED: Removed several instances of unnecessary folder path logging (on folder lock/unlock) to help with plausible deniability. This is a losing battle because folder names and paths are logged to the system log by other background processes that Espionage does not have control over. Logging folder paths is also necessary if an error occurs.
  • FIXED: (Mavericks) Wrong folder icon.
  • FIXED: (Mavericks) Error decrypting a folder.
  • FIXED: (Mavericks) Problem unlocking folders for anyone who enabled the hidden setting "enableDiskArbitrationMethod".
Version 3.5.3:
  • SECURITY: Bug introduced in 3.5.2 that resulted in all folder paths of an unlocked Folder Set being logged to the system log. After several days (or weeks) these messages will disappear from the log files, but you can force their removal using a tool like OnyX. For OnyX, use more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7 or later



MacUpdate - Espionage




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Espionage User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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uniQue commented on 04 Oct 2013
@MacUpdate staff clicking the image for Espionage currently loads an iframe showing the latest App Updates and not the image for Espionage.
[Version 3.5.2]


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Cgc reviewed on 28 Sep 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.
[Version 3.5.2]

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Tao Effect Llc (developer) replied on 05 Oct 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 replied on 06 Oct 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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Umaromc commented on 24 Sep 2013
Not a comment but a question; might this offer an option to set up a secondary, "under duress" password that will, when entered, prompt Espionage destroy a key or small bit of data to render said data instantly useless?
[Version 3.5.2]

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Tao Effect Llc (developer) replied on 25 Sep 2013
Such a feature would certainly be possible, but I think it's unnecessary and might cause more harm than good. First, you'd lose access to that important data (unless you have a backup of Espionage's database). Also, in a legal situation, if it was discovered that you did this, you might have extra penalties imposed upon you for "destroying evidence"/"obstruction of justice".

Please post any followups to our forums:

https://www.taoeffect.com/forum/index.php?board=12.0
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Essadee commented on 21 Sep 2013
Truecrypt is more rigorously audited.
[Version 3.5.1]

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Ryde replied on 21 Sep 2013
That's true, but I appreciate the move of the Espionage developers to open up the source code for those who wish to audit it and build their own binaries.
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Essadee replied on 22 Sep 2013
no argument here, it's a nice gesture, but until it has been the recipient of peer review I don't know that I'd recommend it over alternatives.

I also think it's monumentally bad advice for the developer to suggest not using FileVault.
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Ryde replied on 22 Sep 2013
Well, in their forums they actually seem to recommend using Espionage together with FileVault 2. I agree that above claim "No need for FileVault means laptop theft-tracking apps like Undercover work." sounds otherwise, but should perhaps just be understood as a statement of compatibility. I don't like the wording though.

I also agree with your other statement.
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Taoeffect replied on 22 Sep 2013
Concerning this sentence: "No need for FileVault means laptop theft-tracking apps like Undercover work."

Ryde is correct, we are not recommending against the use of FileVault. I agree, however, that we could have phrased that sentence better so that it doesn't give the opposite impression.

I just sent a revision to MacUpdate that I hope fixes this misunderstanding (while keeping it short and sweet):

"Laptop-theft tracking apps (like Undercover) work when using Espionage without FileVault."

Thank you, Essadee, for bringing this to our attention. If you have any other concerns please let us know!

Sincerely,
Greg Slepak
Tao Effect LLC
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Tao Effect Llc (developer) replied on 13 Nov 2013
You might find this discussion (from the comments on our blog post) interesting:

https://www.taoeffect.com/blog/2013/09/espionage-3-now-open-source-for-professionals/#comment-3253

One observation from there is that TrueCrypt hasn't actually been audited yet. There's a fundraiser going on to raise money for that purpose.
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Fredbio reviewed on 10 Aug 2013
I have been using Espionage over the last 3 years and it has been a good reliable app. As most of other users, I am always worrying when using a third party software to take care of such critical data as, for instance, emails. No doubt, Espionage does the job efficiently. Sadly, Lion and more recent OSX releases don't help to make it as easy to use as it was previously. But most importantly, the app is one thing, the service is another and on that side, Espionage deserves 5 stars. I recently had an issue and the support answered my need extremely fast, kindly (on a Saturday) and efficiently. And support is key to me for a security application: congratulation guys, and thanks for the work done!
[Version 3.5]

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Tao Effect Llc (developer) replied on 14 Aug 2013
Thank you Fredbio for the kind words! We do our best! :-)

While the password prompt is gone, Espionage 3 can still protect app data as shown here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_R3COJEjj8

Yes, it involves an extra click than before, but version 3 has many advantages over version 2, especially when it comes to security and plausible deniability. Being able to have two versions of your data can be a nifty thing. :)

For those who want it, version 2 is still around, at a significantly reduced price: http://www.taoeffect.com/espionage/

Best regards,
Greg Slepak
Tao Effect LLC
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Cgc reviewed on 10 Feb 2013
Meh. A step backwards from Espionage v2 and not nearly as useful.
[Version 3.0.4]


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Mrtomato reviewed on 26 Oct 2012
For my purposes, Espionage has been a good reliable app. All I really want to do is keep sensitive documents well out of reach of anyone who gains access to my computer. My only complaint is that it doesn't hide the folder mountpoint. Rather than attempting to come up with innocuous folder names, I just hide the folder with another program. Of course, when I do that, Espionage tells me that the mountpoint is missing until I unhide the folder. Kind of irritating, but I can live with it.
[Version 3.0.3]

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Rsmacupdate replied on 09 Jan 2013
What do you use to hide the folder mount point?
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Tao Effect Llc (developer) replied on 18 Aug 2013
You can use our Cloak app and the "Invisible Finder option" to do this:

http://www.taoeffect.com/blog/2009/05/cloak-manage-your-invisible-files/
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Acuraice reviewed on 24 Oct 2012
notifications NOT WORKING with ML notification system!! only built in option works as it should, also initial login is slow as balls and spins endlessly and takes forever to unlock only 4 encrypted folders i have set to auto unlock. Also sometimes,once out of every 3 restarts of my computer then after entering the initial master password, 2 menubar icons appear in the menu bar as if 2 separate espionage apps were running at the same time. this used to happen before until i forced an uninstall of the older ispy.kext file,now its happening again. disgusting!Same bugs as before even with the latest update. how did the developers manage to screw up this awesome program so much ever since the 3.0 update? the older versions of espionage were faster,worked flawlessly and never caused any errors or problems. [comment edited for obscene language... please be civil]
[Version 3.0.3]

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Tao Effect Llc (developer) replied on 24 Oct 2012
Hi Acuraice,

If you ever run into any issues, we're always there to help, just contact us:

Forums: http://www.taoeffect.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=12
Email: http://www.espionageapp.com/support/contact/

Sincerely,
Greg, Tao Effect
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monet reviewed on 14 Oct 2012
Seems to work fine up to and including Lion. On Mountain Lion it will not let me eject external drives. They both ejected fine (Firewire and USB) until I used Espionage to lock some folders on them. I have now totally removed Espionage 3 and still the drives will not eject or dismount. So far I have not been able figure out what is running when the drives are connected and then dismounted, which of course they refuse to do.
[Version 3.0.2]


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Pugwash reviewed on 17 Sep 2012
Has conflicts with DrivePulse/Drive Genius.
Have been trialling Espionage 3 and just couldn't get it to work i.e. almost every folder I dropped to be encrypted a got an error message saying 'resource in use', or something like that. I've sent an email to support but in the mean time have discovered that it has issues with Drive Pulse. The only work around is to turn Drive Pulse off, encrypt the folder then turn Drive Pulse on. Not very satisfactory if you're a Drive Pulse user. They have known about this issue for sometime now, 2011 at least, but no fix. This is just a heads up for everyone and not a critical review hence the stars. If it wasn't for this problem I would have trialled it a bit longer.
Link to Drive Pulse issue on Espionage forum: http://www.taoeffect.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=370&p=1243#p1243
[Version 3.0.2]

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Pugwash replied on 19 Sep 2012
An update: In fairness to Tao Effects this Drive Pulse issue doesn't seem to be isolated to Espionage. I did a quick trial with Knox and Concealer and these to have conflicts with Drive Pulse. Maybe that should be other way round; Drive Pulse has issues with these applications. Again to be fair to Tao I'm going to give Espionage another go.
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Wesc had trouble on 03 Jun 2010
I used espionage to lock a folder inside my picture folder.

but every time i open up new finder window using command+N

it asks for password for encrypted folder and tries to open it

which i did not want to do

any idea?
[Version 2.7.1]

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Tao Effect Llc (developer) replied on 03 Jun 2010
Yes, please see this:

http://www.taoeffect.com/espionage/EspionageHelp/pages/trbl-prompt.html

If the tips in there don't help, let us know:

http://www.taoeffect.com/espionage/support/

Kind regards,
Greg, Tao Effect
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Wesc replied on 03 Jun 2010
wow... that was fast.

and it worked too

Thank you so much

Did not know it could be solved this easy
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Legal Eagle had trouble on 02 Jan 2010
I have been a very satisfied user of Espionage for quite some time now, and basically think it is an excellent application. But lately it has been behaving rather oddly. Today I sought to launch one of my many image-editing applications, (Canon Digital Photo Professional), and Espionage launched itself and told me that it needed my password. The image-editing application is in no way locked, and is certainly not in any way encrypted by Espionage - so why is this happening ? Since then, I have noticed the same strange behaviour by Espionage when I try to launch other applications too. Not all applications, but lots of other ones that are also totally ulnocked and not in any way encrypted. Has anyone experienced this ? To what may it be due ? How do I stop Espionage from launching itself and interfering in relation to my opening and launching non-encrypted files and applications ? It is a real nuisance. I am using a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo iMac 7.1, running MacOSX 10.5.8.
[Version 2.5.4]

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Tao Effect Llc (developer) replied on 03 Jan 2010
Hi there! Please check to make sure that you're using the latest version of Espionage (2.5.4 currently).

If the problems persist please contact us at our support address: support|at|taoeffect[dot]com (obfuscated to protect against spam). Please include in your email screenshots of any and all dialogues that you're referring to.

Cheers, and Happy New Year,

Greg, Tao Effect
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Legal Eagle had trouble on 28 Feb 2009
I have just downloaded this latest version of Espionage, but it refuses to install correctly. (i have a paid-for licensed version of Espionage 2.0.1 at present). When I drag the icon of the downloaded version 2.0.2 into my "Applications" folder I get the following pop-up "error" message:-
"The operation cannot be completed because the item "Growl" is in use".
In fact, I do NOT have "Growl" installed on my computer at all, so I have no idea whatsoever what this error message is trying to tell me. My Mac is an iMac 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, running Mac OSX Version 10.5.6. Mr Developer ? Any suggestions ?
[Version 2.0.2]

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Tao Effect Llc (developer) replied on 28 Feb 2009
This is happening because Espionage's helper, which is inside of your old Espionage application, is still running. First move your old copy to the trash, then copy the new one out.

Sorry for not making this clear! If you still run into problems, send us an email to our support address and we'll help you out.
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Tao Effect Llc (developer) replied on 28 Feb 2009
You can also avoid this problem by updating via Sparkle, just select "Check for Updates..." from the Espionage menu.
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picatinny had trouble on 04 Nov 2008
I would like to uninstall Espionage, but the option in its Menu is grayed out.
Anyone knows how to activate it?
[Version 1.1]

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Tao Effect Llc (developer) replied on 04 Nov 2008
Hi there! Download 1.1.1 and try with that, that has been fixed.

Pwozny rated on 09 Jan 2014

[Version 3.5.3]



Jacklarm rated on 25 Sep 2013

[Version 3.5.2]



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dsimer rated on 10 Sep 2013

[Version 3.5]



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Itistoday rated on 31 May 2013

[Version 3.0.4]



Pmu8158 rated on 18 Jan 2013

[Version 3.0.4]



R.b. rated on 10 Dec 2012

[Version 3.0.4]



mmatthes50 rated on 06 Dec 2012

[Version 3.0.4]



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Lebeis rated on 29 Nov 2012

[Version 3.0.4]



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Aleksandr_39c7d7c9 rated on 29 Nov 2012

[Version 3.0.4]



AlexSanches rated on 23 Nov 2012

[Version 3.0.4]


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Version Downloads:2,099
Type:Utilities : Security
License:Shareware
Date:04 Nov 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $29.99
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Espionage offers state-of-the-art security for your confidential data.

Sometimes, encrypting your data isn't enough to protect it. That's why Espionage 3 goes beyond data encryption.

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.
  • 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. Watch how to do it.
  • 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 happens if you're forced to give up your password? In such situations, encryption won't help at all. To address this, we went beyond encryption and introduced multiple layers of plausible deniability into Espionage.

Espionage 3 protects you even if you're forced to give up your master password by giving you the ability to have 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.

Of course, that's not to say we skimped on the encryption. Espionage 3 is the most secure Espionage yet, featuring AES-256 encryption by default, and scrypt to protect your passwords from even the most powerful of adversaries.


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