With the increasing importance of Secure Vault as one of the core applications within our solution, we had to ensure it provides users with unbreachable privacy. The new version 1.3.2 of the encrypted file storage focuses on increasing the security of the application and optimizing user flows to introduce a better experience.

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Optimized Encrypted Backup Upload Flow

The encrypted backup functionality within Secure Vault is mainly used so users can store all their sensitive information in a given moment in a single, unified place. The feature is useful when you have to change devices or wipe your data, as this will delete all information stored on your phone. However, the backup is uploaded to Secure Administration System (SAS) and can be used to restore data, once you access your Secure Vault account on your new device.

Our QA team found a bug that made uploading an encrypted backup to SAS fail in some cases, which basically possessed a risk for users losing the information they thought backed-up in case of phone wipes. The problem is now fixed in the new version of Secure Vault.

Increased Encrypted Backup Password Security

We’ve noticed that while creating an encrypted backup password, there were typing suggestions displayed on the keyboard. Using them can compromise the security of the backup, especially in case of prying eyes nearby. Furthermore, the flow posed a security risk in cases of a physically obtained device by an ill-intended 3rd party as the attacker could’ve looked for the most widely used phrases on the keyboard.

To increase the security when setting an encrypted backup password, we removed the typing suggestions from the process.

Improved Usability

To ease users in their day-to-day operations, we’ve updated the technical flows of some functionalities, introducing an improved experience.

Secure Chat Attachments

When attaching a file to Secure Chat from the encrypted storage app, Secure Vault practically creates a temporary (temp) file in its cache folder and uses it to send the attachment.

We found that once the attachment was sent, the temp file wasn’t needed or used by any application. However, it wasn’t deleted from the cache folder, resulting in the user storing duplicates of files he already had. In Secure Vault 1.3.2, the temp files will no longer be stored and will be automatically deleted after sending the attachment.

Preview of Landscape Photos

Our QA team found that when taking or saving a photo with landscape orientation in Secure Vault, its preview image within the app was stretched, resulting in poor quality. The problem is addressed in the new version, allowing users to preview each photo stored in Secure Vault without any difficulties.

Action Menu Item Lists

In Secure Vault, users can create lists of multiple items. Tapping on each item in the list opens an Action Menu that allows you to rename, delete, forward, etc. the stored file. However, our QAs noted that if a list’s length equals to or is bigger than the screen’s, tapping the last item doesn’t open the Action Menu. The last items in such lists couldn’t have been interfered with, resulting in poor user experience. The problem was addressed in the new version of the app.

Other Minor Bug Fixes

Thanks to the feedback from partners we receive through the designated space in Secure Manager, we’re able to improve our solutions and offer flawless user experience continually. Secure Vault 1.3.2 also addresses some minor bugs and problems reported by users and partners.

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