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20 good reasons for SimpleumSafe

Features and benefits at a glance

Are you looking for a simple and secure application to encrypt your sensitive files and folders? We recommend that you store all your files continuously encrypted in one place: SimpleumSafe.

The SimpleumSafe has a friendly and easy-to-understand interface and the procedure is as simple as it is ingenious: drag & drop any file  from your Mac Finder into the open SimpleumSafe and it is immediately encrypted.

1. A safe place to store and archive all sensitive files encrypted throughout

SimpleumSafe works like a completed safe: a safe place for any type of file to be protected on a Mac or iPhone. An extra dose of security is guaranteed by the continuous encryption: even when the files are viewed and edited, they are encrypted throughout. SimpleumSafe takes a different path than most other encryption programs. Once authorized with a password, the files in the file system will not be provided. Otherwise, they would be completely vulnerable from that moment on. SimpleumSafe recreates its own file system and has its own finder. As a result, the files remain encrypted for all time.

2. File manager

The app’s user interface is designed like the Mac finder, so you are able to use the SimpleumSafe like a file manager.

The similarity to the Mac finder also offers the advantage of finding your way around the user interface quickly. All files imported into SimpleumSafe can be edited and organized. Any number of folders can be created and organizational structures can be created that fit the respective needs. Files can be marked as favorites and thus marked for quick access. An extensive catalogue of tags creates further organizational and sorting possibilities.

3. Organize and view files continuously encrypted

Files can be edited in external programs and are still encrypted throughout. For example, if a Word file, stored in the SimpleumSafe, is opened with Word and edited externally, all changes to the file will be available after the saving. Files can also be duplicated, copied, moved, renamed

4. Fotos and Videos

SimpleumSafe has an image viewer with a slideshow function. This allows you to look at several photos in a row without having to open or decrypt them. Everything happens comfortably in the SimpleumSafe.

5. Favorites and Tags

In SimpleumSafe, favorites and tags can make it easier to organize the files. If files have been tagged, they can be displayed in the sidebar. The tag catalogue is extensive and offers a wide range of topics.

6. Comments

Every single file in the Safe can be annotated.

7. Create notes

Using the .txt file, it is possible to create simple notes.

8. Import contacts

SimpleumSafe offers the possibility to import contacts (.vcf).

9. Take photos encrypted

An important feature of the iOS app is the ability to photograph encrypted. The taken photo is immediately stored encrypted in the SimpleumSafe and does not appear in the iOS photo archive.

10. Continuity Kamera

Since iOS 12, photos and scans can be inserted directly from the iPhone/iPad into programs on the Mac. SimpleumSafe works with this “Continuity-Camera ” feature.

11. Search function

SimpleumSafe has a search function to easily retrieve files. Texts from the comments are also recorded here. Searches can also be stored in the iOS app.

12. A plus in organization: Create several Safes

Several different Safes can be created in SimpleumSafe. For example, the Safes can be used thematically. Professional and private things can thus be stored separately. Those who value a clean organizational structure of their files may be well advised to create thematic Safes.

13. Unlimited and any size files

The number and overall size of the files is not limited by SimpleumSafe. Only the capacity of the memory used (hard drive, USB stick, cloud storage, etc.) can lead to limitation. From small text files to large video files, everything can be stored in SimpleumSafe.

14. Different locations – encrypt USB stick

A Safe can be stored in different places. On the Mac’s hard drive, on a flash drive, a network drive, or in the cloud.

In order to encrypt a flash drive drag & drop an existing Safe from the Mac finder to the flash drive. Or create a new Safe directly on the flash drive.

15. Time-Machine optimized

Each Safe has a format optimized for the Apple Time Machine backup.

16. Extreme Secure Synchronisation

SimpleumSafe allows the Safes to be synchronized between different devices (Mac, iPad, iPhone). There are currently three types of synchronization: iCloud, wireless (no Internet), or with a common folder (Mac to Mac only).
Even if the synchronization data was stolen from the cloud and the password became public, the data still cannot be decrypted. In addition to the password, the key file is also needed to decrypt a Safe. However, the key file is not transmitted directly from the cloud, but manually.

The data in the Safe cannot be found through the Mac Spotlight search.

17. Digital legacy

With the SimpleumSafe, it is also possible to regulate a digital estate. It is highly recommended during your lifetime to provide an overview of all accounts with usernames and passwords. This offers the bereaved families the opportunity to decide in the sense of the deceased what should happen to the “digital heritage ” on social networks etc. Passwords for online services, bank accounts, etc. can also be stored here and, if necessary, provided with notes. Important documents that regulate the estate will be found in the SimpleumSafe as well as a safe place, as well as online contracts etc. That Safe password can be deposited with the notary, for example.

18. Password-based and recovery password

SimpleumSafe is not a service you sign up for online. The software opens its own interface, similar to the Mac Finder, in which you must log in with a self-defined password. This way, you stay in control at all times. Simpleum and its employees have no access to your Safes and do not know your passwords. Just as a real Safe has a spare key, you can have a recovery password created in the SimpleumSafe that can be used like a spare key.

19. Continuous development

SimpleumSafe has been further developed since 2016. The subscription model introduced in 2023 improves the economy and thus also the future security of the app. Updates are released regularly.

20. GDPR compliant

SimpleumSafe is a suitable technical solution for the protection of digital personal data according to GDPR for Mac, iPhone and iPad.


Switch from Hider2 to SimpleumSafe

Hider 2 by MacPaw was discontinued on 2019-07-10.

SimpleumSafe is a suitable alternative / replacement to Hider 2

Hider2 App Logo

SimpleumSafe is an encryption and document management solution for macOS and iOS and is suitable for both private and business use. Unlike Hider 2, files are not decrypted directly in the file system for use. SimpleumSafe has its own Finder and can work directly with the encrypted files. While Hider 2 at encryption and decryption leaves data traces on the Mac this is not the case with SimpleumSafe.

Reasons for SimpleumSafe (especially for Hider 2 users)

  • Secure encryption with AES-256
  • Synchronization: iCloud, Folder, Wireless
  • For macOS and iOS
  • GDPR compliant
  • Arbitrary file types
  • Multiple Safes
  • Safes e.g. on USB stick or external hard drives
  • No size limits
  • Active further development
  • Made in Germany
  • Secure document editing
  • No cleartext traces
  • Built-in secure image viewer
  • iOS: encrypted photography

Switch from Hider 2 to SimpleumSafe

It’s a good idea to create a small Safe to get to know and familiarize yourself with this Safe with SimpleumSafe. Since you can create as many Safes as you like, this has no effect on the data taken over by Hider 2.


Create a Safe for the Hider 2 data

It’s a good idea to create a small Safe to get to know and familiarize yourself with this Safe with SimpleumSafe. Since you can create as many Safes as you like, this has no effect on the data taken over by Hider 2.

It is recommended to perform the data transfer on a Mac

  1. Create a Safe
  2. Open the created Safe in SimpleumSafe
  3. Decrypt your data within Hider 2
  4. Select the context menu > Show in Finder
  5. Import the files into SimpleumSafe. For example, by dragging (importing) the file or folders into SimpleumSafe
  6. Done

Hider2 show files in Mac Finder to import to SimpleumSafe

Additional Information


18 tips to protect iPhone/tablet and laptop when you travel

Whether it’s a long vacation or a weekend break, always remember to keep your mobile devices up to date. We’ve put together some useful tips for you to help protect your equipment while you travel. Be vigilant and attentive even in the most beautiful time of the year.

Many of the tips are also suitable for the daily use of mobile devices.
Be sure to use strong passwords for all your devices!
Read our password tips.

Additionally protect your devices with security software (antivirus/antispyware).

1. Always up-to-date
Get used to downloading and installing the latest updates on a regular basis for all devices.

2.Enable Autolock and password protection on the iphone.

3. Turn off Bluetooth
Turn off Bluetooth when you no longer need it. Everyone who is near can probably intercept your signal and access your phone.

4. IMEI
Note the unique device number of your i-Phone. This device number is called IMEI: International Mobile Station Equipment Identity. The IMEI appears when you start the phone app and enter this code: * # 06 #. You can write down the IMEI and keep it safe.

5. W-Lan
Use only secure W-Lan access (https). It is best to use a VPN service. Take care. If you don’t use VPN, anyone can capture your identity information and credit card data, and read your emails.

6. Check your accounts
Check your sensitive accounts (bank account), etc. regularly to detect unauthorized access at an early stage.

7. Social Media
Do not tell anyone on your social media channels that you are on vacation. Don’t talk about when you’re going to travel, or where you go.

8. Not without my laptop
Never leave your laptop unattended! Not at the airport, in public transport, the hotel room, etc. If it can not be avoided, put it in a stable bag and secure it with a safety cable with lock on a heavy, immovable object (e.g. a heater). If you travel often, it is worthwhile to buy a Pacsafe.

9. Not a good partnership
Do never keep the password together with the laptop or iPhone!

10. Never check-in the laptop on the flight Always in the hand luggage. When you go through the security check, look exactly where your laptop is. It is best to keep it back until the person in front of you has already passed through the detector. This is the only way to ensure that you do not lose sight of it.

  1. Use tracking software (find my Mac)

12. Backup, Backup, Backup
Before you travel, you should make a backup and keep this home. So you own a copy of your data for the worst case.

13. Camouflage your laptop
If you carry your laptop in a luxurious laptop bag, this could grab someones attention. Use a laptop backpack or an opaque bag. Even a linen bag does a good job here. In any case, something completely inconspicuous.

14. Airplane/Train/Bus
Stay watchful. If you are not using your laptop on the plane, put it under the seat in front of you. Never in the luggage racks above the seats, where strangers have easy access to it. This also applies to other modes of transportation such as train or bus. Always keep the laptop in sight.

15. Taxi/rental car
Don’t storage your mobile devices in the trunk of a taxi. Always take them to the passenger compartment. If you use a rental car, never leave your mobile devices unattended in the car. Not even for a few minutes.

16. In public
If you are using your laptop in public, do not allow anyone to look over your shoulder, when you enter a password. If possible, do not have highly confidential conversations with your iPhone.

17. Passwords
Prepare an (encrypted) USB stick or a written list of passwords for your accesses. After a loss of the laptop, password changes must be made on various accounts (PayPal, e-mail account, etc.).

18. Never use Airport USB charging stations
“Plugging into a public USB port is kind of like finding a toothbrush on the side of the road and deciding to stick it in your mouth. You have no idea where that thing has been,” says Caleb Barlow, Vice President of X-Force Threat Intelligence at IBM Security.  “And remember that that USB port can pass data.” It’s much safer to bring your regular charger along and plug it into a wall outlet or, alternatively, bring a portable power bank to recharge your phone when you’re low on bars. Forbes article

If it is possible, leave your laptop at home and buy a simple phone that you can use on travel.

Would like to learn more about how to encrypt your sensitive data on your MacBook or iPhone/iPad? Check out SimpleumSafe.

Want to learn more about which security settings exist on your MacBook and which of them you have enabled? Free download our security advisor SimpleumCheck.

Have a safe journey and relaxed holidays.

Sincerely yours Simpleum Team