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The SafeNotes application caught my interest the other day, while casually browsing the Play Store. Initially I thought it was simply the usual password protected notes thing with a nice UI. The application is pretty straightforward to use. Just press on the key icon to set a password for a note, and the padlock icon to encrypt or decrypt it.

Then I noticed the ‘Add existing note‘ option. It turns out the application can be used to sync notes with a site called ‘ProtectedText.com‘, that stores the ciphertext.

ProtectedText.com

Visiting the URL, we get a rather basic-looking site, which I haven’t come across before. It’s a service for storing encrypted notes, which can be used with or without Safe Notes. The encryption is handled by a main.js file which encrypts and decrypts the content locally, so the plaintext should never be stored on the server.
I’ve briefly examined the JavaScript, and it appears pretty legit. A WireShark capture during a browser session with one of my sites here revealed nothing in plaintext beyond a DNS lookup for protectedtext.com.

Each text file is referred to as a ‘site’, and there is a reason for this. Entering a unique name in the text field will create a new ‘site’ at the URI, and each tab could be viewed as an individual page. If several people know the full address and the password, they could use the site as a ‘drop box’ or a private Web site.

To sync the Safe Notes application with a site, just press the ‘Add existing note‘ option, enter the note’s URL, and then enter the password for it.

After the application is synched, it’s simply a matter of uploading or downloading changes. I’m not sure if there’s a version control system for multiple users.

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