SafeShare for Windows User's Guide
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SafeShare for Windows 3.5 User's Guide

This documentation is for 3.5.x versions of the Covata SafeShare for Windows application.

Please refer to our important notice for information that relates to this documentation.

Overview

SafeShare for Windows is a native Microsoft Windows application that allows you to securely store, access and share any data anywhere.

Using SafeShare for Windows, you can encrypt, upload, store and share files (including entire folders) from your computer, directly through Windows Explorer.

To maximise data security, SafeShare for Windows always encrypts or decrypts files locally on your computer. Once SafeShare for Windows encrypts your files, the secured files are then uploaded to remote storage managed by your configured Covata Platform instance.

You can then access these secured files (in remote storage) from any location through SafeShare for Windows or any other SafeShare application such as SafeShare for iOS and Android or SafeShare for Web, which is accessible from any device with a compatible web browser.

SafeShare for Windows also synchronises secured items between your Windows computer's file system and remote storage, which means any secured items that:

  • You share with other people in SafeShare for Windows will also be reflected in other SafeShare applications (and vice versa).
  • Other people have shared with you will be available in SafeShare for Windows, as well as any other SafeShare application such as SafeShare for iOS/Android or SafeShare for Web.

Organisations

A user of SafeShare applications (known as a Covata user) uploads, stores, shares, accesses and manages content (i.e. files and folders) through a self-contained unit called an organisation.

An organisation is self-contained meaning that the creation, sharing and manipulation of content is handled solely within the scope of an organisation itself. (This Covata Platform feature is also known as multitenancy, whereby each organisation represents an individual 'tenant'.)

A Covata user can:

  • be a member of one or more organisations and
  • share their content with users in other organisations.

This means that any Covata user's ownership of content (or permissions to access this content) as well as the roles they have been granted to access SafeShare features is specific to each organisation.