Frequently Asked Questions

What is End-to-End Encryption?

The process of encrypting data before it leaves your device. Your files are never decrypted until they're downloaded back onto your device. This means that the ONLY way to unlock your files is with your Seed Phrase, which is your Secret Key. Only you have the keys to decrypt your files. Even we are powerless to decrypt your files.

Is it truly secure?

End-to-end encryption is used to secure some of the most sensitive data on the internet, and we believe the same should apply to your files. If it is good enough to be standard for securing passwords and crypto wallets, it is great for file storage.

What happens when I upload my file?

When you upload your file, your Secret Key encrypts it first before it is uploaded to the IPFS network of distributed storage nodes. Because IPFS is open and your data is encrypted, no major company has any control or visibility of your files. No data mining, no advertising. Just your data encrypted and safe.

Does Auguron see my file when it gets uploaded?

Because your Secret Key (Seed Phrase) is the only way to decrypt your files, you are the only one who can see them. We don't store your files; we only pass their encrypted version to the distributed IPFS storage network.

Why does my seed phrase matter so much?

Your Seed Phrase is the backup to your Secret Key. As such, it is the ONLY way to decrypt your files. If you lose this Seed Phrase, you lose your ability to decrypt your files. Auguron has NO WAY of recovering your Seed Phrase for you, so be sure to store it safely. Standard practice is printing out or writing down your Seed phrase and putting it in a physical safe. Or two safes in two locations if you want to be sure.

What type of encryption are you using on my file?

We are using AES-256 Encryption on all file uploads.

Where does my file get saved to?

Your encrypted files get saved on the distributed IPFS network. This means no single entity controls whether or not your file exists. They are stored on a network of peers who get compensated for doing so in part by the subscription fees for the Auguron service.

How is this different from Dropbox or Google Storage?

Unlike Google Drive, Dropbox and others, we encrypt your files on your device first so any hacker would have to have your Secret Key (Seed Phrase) to decrypt any of your data. This means any hacker who successfully accesses your files on the IPFS network will see nothing more than a jumbled mess of encrypted data. This is industry standard practice for Password Managers, so we believe it should be standard for file storage.

Will I be able to access my files from a different device than the one I uploaded it with?

Yes! You can install our app on macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, and Windows and sync your files if you have your Seed Phrase. Log in and enter your Seed Phrase, and you'll be able to decrypt and encrypt your files on that device.

What about this makes it a Web3 solution?

Because we are using the distributed IPFS network to store your encrypted files rather than storing them on our servers, we are leveraging the power of Web3 decentralization. This ensures high availability and censorship resistance.

What is a hashprint?

A hashprint is our word for embedding a unique, secret fingerprint of a file onto a blockchain.

What makes hashes useful?

There are two reasons hashes are so unique. First, the same file will always produce the same hash. This allows you to be sure that files remain the same. Second, a hash by itself never reveals anything about the contents of the hashed file. So it's not just a fingerprint -- it's a secret fingerprint.

Is my file safe?

Your clear text file is not posted publicly, only the file's encrypted version. Think of it like a locked PO Box located in a public place, but only you have the key. Because our chosen algorithm of SHA-256 is a global standard cryptographic hash function and is one-way, there is no way to decipher the original file from the fingerprint. We hash the file twice -- once on your device, for your privacy, and once more on our end for good measure.