What is Cobar™
Cobar™ is a suite of programs that the user runs to access online storage facilities over the Internet. Cobar™ client programs securely encrypt files and transfer them to the server where they can be retrieved and decrypted at a later date. Typically, the Cobar™ service is used to store your important files off-site so that you will still have them in case a disaster strikes at home or in the office.
How is Cobar different from other solutions
Cobar™ protects the files using strong encryption before they leave your computer. This means that even if someone else gets hold of them, they cannot be used because the data is thoroughly scrambled. Your private information remains private. Other providers solutions may encrypt the data while it is transferred but it is often stored in its original state, meaning that service provider admin staff and anyone that can access the file can see your data!
By encrypting the data using a 'key' known only to you, you have full control over the protection of the data - you don't need to trust anyone else. The service provider doesn't need to provide any special security for your data and doesn't need to accept any risk associated with the security of it.
Using Cobar™ Pro, large organisations can use the Cobar™ service internally, or friends can host each other's data and you are not tied to a specific service provider.
My service provider doesn't provide a Cobar service. What are my options, as I really want to use it?
You have two options: (1) Encourage your service provider to contact us to provide the Cobar™ service, or (2) you can purchase Cobar™ Pro and use any of your available web storage accounts.
Tell me a bit about the free version of Cobar
Cobar™ Free is provided to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) at no charge to be distributed to its users. The ISP has an agreement with CapstoneBlack to only provide this product with their standard home-user account that has a limited amount of web-space (typically 10 megabytes to 20 megabytes). In fact, the Cobar-Free program is customised to only work with the ISP that you are signed up with and will only work with their standard account.
My ISP is offering a Cobar service that costs me a monthly fee - tell me about this.
In addition to the Cobar™ Free service, your ISP may provide access to larger storage areas than is normally available to other users. This means that you can store many more files off-site using this service. You are paying a monthly fee to have additional storage capacity. Associated with the additional capacity is a more powerful Cobar™ program that allows you to take advantage of the additional storage space.
What is the Pro version and why do I want it?
The most important feature about the Pro version is that it is not tied to a service provider. This means that you can use the program with any web-space that you have available, or implement your own storage solutions. You can even arrange with a friend to host each other's secure data.
Can I use the Pro version to access my existing ISP Cobar accounts?
Yes! Cobar™ Pro can be used to access many different accounts and it doesn't care who or where they are hosted.