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- LockNote offers easy but secure encryption for notes; Leading encryption company Steganos releases source code to open source community -

19 January, 2006 – Steganos, European leader in providing security and privacy software for consumers and SMEs, has released its first freeware application, LockNote. The software is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL), so that the open source community can use and build upon Steganos’s source code.

Available to download from the Steganos website, LockNote is the ideal tool for quickly and easily securing important notes. LockNote looks like a normal text editor and works in the same way, with the small difference that it can only be opened using the correct password. Data entered into LockNote is automatically encrypted when the application is closed.

Like all Steganos products, LockNote uses the world’s leading international standard encryption algorithm: 256-bit AES. This algorithm has never been cracked.

The program and data are stored in a single file and there is no need to install the software. The 300KB program can be simply downloaded, run and then used as a text editor. The user provides a password to secure the data. Next time LockNote is opened, the user just needs to enter the chosen password to open the file. This provides rapid access to sensitive notes, passwords, access codes, addresses, telephone numbers, URLs – in short, anything that a normal text file could contain. It is also possible to convert an existing text file into a LockNote.

The user can decide how many LockNotes to use and where they are stored. They can be created in unlimited quantities and can be sent by email.

LockNote can be stored on and run from USB keys, so that data can be secure but readily accessible while on the move. Important addresses, customer data and telephone numbers, for example, can be transported in this way. The data can be accessed by connecting the USB key to a computer, running LockNote and providing the correct password.

Leonard Ritter, Main Developer of LockNote at Steganos, said: “We decided to release this program using the GNU GPL open source licence because open source creates transparency and encourages development. We hope that it proves to be beneficial for both our customers and the company.”

Steganos LockNote is available for immediate download at: <>

The source code for LockNote is available to download at: <>

System requirements
Steganos LockNote runs under Windows 2000, Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional.

About Steganos
Founded in 1996 in Germany, Steganos offers a complete portfolio of user-friendly security and privacy products, including encryption/steganography, antivirus protection, personal firewall and internet anonymity software. Steganos has more than two million users throughout Europe, North America and Latin America. The company markets and sells its products through its website and through its growing network of global resellers, retailers and electronic software distributors. Steganos is a privately held company. The company slogan is “Privacy software made easy.”

For more information on Steganos, see:

Steganos LockNote is available for inclusion on magazine cover CDs.

Software for review:
To request any Steganos software for review purposes, please call Hazel Butters on 0208 996 1653 or email

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