Introduction

Safety, security and protection... what are these all about? Let's start with a brief analogy, think of your home. Security is like the locks on your doors and windows; it is important to secure your home. This prevents most unwanted visitors from violating your space, your home - they need your permission to enter.
Sadly, some people may lack the scruples to honour your domain, and might break in without your permission. How might you protect your belongings? With a safe. Some of us rely on the locks and a safe to provide a level of protection for our belongings.

The digital world is similar. We need network specialists to provide good locks for the doors and windows on servers (known as ports). When a hacker breaches a server, they break in through one of these ports, and take files from the server. Today people rely on encryption to protect data - encryption is like a safe that holds your data.
The problem here is that if a thief takes the "safe" with the data from the server, they have all the time in the world to break it open.

Simply put, this isn't good enough, and that is where CORA comes in to play!

Using CORA help

CORA help files, including Getting started and tutorials will use this same online, client-side presentation interface.

The Information is presented (except in small viewing devices, such as a smartphone) along the left side of the browser and the Topics are "Affixed" to the right side of the browser.

If your viewing width is less than 768px then the Affixed Topics are hidden and the Information is presented on its own.

Thanks to jQuery and Bootstrap, these help files should be continuously readable and usable on any device or browser.

The topic, or sub-topic you are viewing will be reflected in the color and marker shown in the Affixed Topic section.

You may jump quickly to any topic by clicking/pressing on it in this Affixed Topic pane.


When you link to a particular topic, through an internal hyperlink, or the Affixed topic pane, an entry in the history chain is created and available for you to quickly move back and forth using the arrows at the bottom of the page.

In this example, the Next icon is disabled, meaning that you are at the right end of the history chain; there aren't any other topics that have been linked to after this current topic.


Feedback

You may provide context based feedback by selecting the Feedback Button in the top navigation bar. The current topic you are viewing will be placed into the Feedback message automatically, allowing you to post your question, concern, or suggestion.

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Context Order Replacement Algorithm

CORA is an acronym. CORA takes parts of the original file and breaks them up into different pieces (containers). More importantly, these fragments are chosen in a context based manner so that, if someone steels one of them, they don't have enough to put "anything together".
Imagine encrypting a file, then breaking it into two pieces... this isn't context based! Each piece can provide "too much information" about the original file.
With CORA, we don't want the thieves to know anything, not even a single word from the original file!

CORA has been in design and development for more than 5 years. It has matured to a much more robust and dependable implementation than might exist with early designs and potentialities.

Currently CORA generation 2 is used in CORA-X. CORA-X was previously known as CORA-X, however, with CORA generation 2 we have re-branded this as CORA-X.

CORA-X

  1. CORA-X is available in a 64-bit version, and a 32-bit version.
  2. CORA-X is available in an earlier release version for select clients, reviewers and associates.
  3. CORA-X is available as a free, 60 day trial. You will not be asked for a credit card while trying CORA-X.
  4. CORA-X is available by purchasing a license.
  5. CORA-X will be available by subscription in the near future.
  6. CORA-X is available for individuals, teams, offices and enterprise clients.

CORA-X is primarily intended to provide the end user with unbreakable data security. It is used to Lock and Unlock file and/or folders.

When data is locked, it is fragmented into multiple files, which should "not" be located at the same location (such as a standalone computer). This data cannot be used again without all of the files and the system information used to Lock the data!



CORA-X includes its own context menu (and keyboard shortcuts) to facilitate standard operations one would expect in a real-time file manager/Explorer.

Data may also be Exported / Imported. Exported data doesn't lock the original data. Imported CORA solutions don't delete the original CORA files.

CloudCORA

CloudCORA.com has been secured to currently provide the following services:

  1. End User registration.
    This is to provide an added layer of protection in the event that a device is lost or stolen.
  2. Web-based installer for the 32-bit Free 60 day trial version of CORA-X.
  3. Purchase a license for CORA-X.
  4. Destination for a CORA package when locking your data - depending your your preferences (location specified for a CORA package).

The following services will be offered in the near future:

  • Emergency Stop - should one of your CORA blocs become compromised, or you suspect your password has been compromised, then you may shut down access to CloudCORA until you are ready to reset your authentication and secure your CORA package (which may be needed to unlock your data, depending on your preferences).
  • Cloud based data backup services that are unbreakable.
  • Smartphone & Tablet based apps for secure data storage.
  • Smartphone, tablet and computer based apps for emergency services, such as may be needed if a device is lost or stolen.

Starting CORA-X

CORA-X uses Microsoft .Net Framework 4.6.1.

For more information about installing CORA-X, see "Getting Started" (you may use the navigation menu at the top of this page).

Each time CORA-X is properly started and ended, the following processes will occur:

  • CORA-X will initialize, during which time it loads the system preferences and MUP (Multiple Use Pads) used by CORA-X.
  • A "Last Good Load" copy of your initialization files is created.
  • The last used Folder will be loaded into the List view pane (and optionally the Folder View pane).
  • When closed properly, CORA-X will save any changes made to the system preferences, including the last active folder.
It should be noted that the "load times" may be longer than expected at times; this is to help protect the security of your CORA-X files.

System Information

The following is a listing of the information stored between sessions by CORA-X:

  1. Window Position - the top, left corner of CORA-X
  2. Window Size - the width and height of CORA-X
  3. Size of the Folder Tree (pane)
  4. The view state of the List view pane
  5. Column information for the List view (widths, etc.)
  6. Options dialog information (position, size, default settings)
  7. Preferences for CORA including but not limited to: locations, backup preferences, prompts, export directives, etc.
  8. Last active folder

Updating your CORA-X

CORA-X automatically checks for updates weekly. You may also manually check for updates at anytime using the "Check for updates" menu item in the "Information toolbar menu" .

If you are using the "Free 60 day trial", and you decide to purchase a license for CORA-X, you may use the "Information menu" in the toolbar to "Purchase an Activation Package".

Icons used in CORA-X

The "File Locked" icon is displayed when a single file is locked.

For example, if you quickly locked your "password list" then the original file name would appear with an extension of "pcora" and this icon.

The CORA icon seen in "CORA-X" represents an internal CORA-X file that should never be openned, manipulated or deleted. Most of these will be CORA blocs which form the distributed nature of CORA processes that protect your data.

CORA - take data with you securely

Take your data with you securely, never having to worry about losing your data, or having your USB thumb drive stolen.

Better yet, do so with a minimal footprint while guaranteeing your safety and security. As long as you are connected to the net, CORA on the go makes the most sense for security and portability!
Save a data File on your USB (CORA to go), and use an online storage location, such as Google Drive or Microsoft One Drive for the rest of your data files.

Best yet, no worries; Google, Microsoft, or any hacker that violates their security can not do anything without all of your CORA blocs, and, your MUP. If you loose your USB drive, its contents are useless without the other pieces - it really is that simple.

Caution: using Best Practices and having data backup solutions is crutial, for "no-one" can recreate your data if a single piece of this "CORA puzzle" is missing.

Recommended Best Practices

  1. Use Multple Locations/devices!
    • Don't use a single device. Consider a standard Windows computer; if everything is on your one device, such as your encryption key(s), then a smart thief doesn't have to bother breaking your encryption if they can find your encryption key(s).
    • Choose a secondary location (CORA Individual User Setup) that is not on the same device that your primary location (install) is located on.
      While CORA-X uses many different techniques to help secure your data, don't tempt fate (or so many extremely smart people), use a secondary location that is on a separate device, such as a portable USB.
    • Do not place all of your CORA blocs on the same device/computer. While CORA MUP makes breaking into your data infinitely more difficult than using any other form of encryption, why tempt fate. Keep at least one CORA bloc on a separate device (USB, Cloud drive, etc.).
    • Example #1: CORAfy with a USB - this places most of your CORA blocs on your local hard drive, and the last CORA bloc on your USB.
    • Example #2: CORAfy with 'the Cloud' - this places most of your CORA blocs on your local hard drive, and the last CORA bloc on 'the Cloud' drive you have specified in the Advanced Options dialog. Caution needs to be used here since you may select "any folder" in this dialog, including local folders on your hard drive.
    • Example #3: CORAfy with a USB and 'the Cloud' - this places most of your CORA blocs on your USB, and the last CORA bloc on 'the Cloud' drive you have specified in the Advanced Options dialog. Caution needs to be used here since you may select "any folder" in this dialog, including local folders on your hard drive.
  2. Backup your data solutions.
  3. Export your system data to a separate, portable drive.

The Toolbar

The Purple Menu based icons in the toolbar are drop down menus. The CORAfy, unCORAfy and Options Dialog icons have default actions, and will only open a menu if the "drop down arrow" is used.

For example, if an end user clicks on the Options Dialog Menu icon away from the dropdown arrow , then the Options Dialog will open to the previous tab, unless this is its first use, in which case it will open to the first tab.
If the end user clicks on the dropdown arrow, then the menu is displayed.

The Default action for the CORAfy Menu is to CORAfy your data using the currently active action (last CORAfy action other than Export). This is also shown in the status bar as an icon (that matches the icon in the CORAfy menu).

The Default action for the unCORAfy Menu is to unCORAfy the selected file(s).

Toolbar icons related to "Folder operations"

  • Up one level - changes the active Folder to its Parent Folder.
  • Previous - make the Previous active Folder active again.
  • Move forward in the chain of active Folders. If the end user had moved backward (using the Previous icon) and then clicks on this "Next" icon, the active folder that was active prior to selecting "Previous" will become the active Folder once again.
  • Refresh - this icon will refresh the List view and Folder tree panes. If a portable drive is added to your computer after starting CORA-X, this will refresh the Drive list.

Toolbar icons related to "CORA operations"

  • CORAfy Menu - Used to Lock files/folders that have been selected in the List view (or Folder tree) pane.
    Same functionality as CORAfy in the Context menu
  • CORAfy Menu - Send - do not lock the currently selected data on your computer. This produces a secure backup your data using two different folders or ZIP files.
    This empowers you to send your data to a remote location using two separate routes or connections. Having all the CORA blocs will not allow this remote location to unCORAfy your data; you must also synchronize your systems (Options dialog).
    Same functionality as Send in the Context menu
  • CORAfy Menu - Export - do not lock the currently selected data on your computer. This produces a secure backup your data using one different folders or ZIP file.
    Same functionality as Export in the Context menu
  • unCORAfy Menu - Used to Unlock a file (or group of files) using the currently selected "CORA locked file".
    Same functionality as unCORAfy in the Context menu
  • unCORAfy Menu / Receive - this menu item begins the Receive process; it is used to receive secured data that was prepared using the "Send" CORAfy option.
    Same functionality as Receive in the Context menu
  • unCORAfy Menu / Import - this menu item begins the Import process; it is used to import secured data. It is important to note, that the import must be done using the same system that produced the CORA export.

    Same functionality as Import in the Context menu

Toolbar icons related to "System operations"

  • List view options Menu - allows you to view your files and folders in the Listview:
    • as Small Icons
    • as Large Icons
    • as a List
    • with Details (small icon, name, type, last accessed and size)
    • Using Checkboxes
  • Options Dialog Menu - the default action is to open the Options Dialog to the previous tab.

The About CORA dialog

The First time you start CORA-X, you will see this dialog box:

You must read and accept the End User License Agreement (EULA).

After accepting the EULA, you may:

  1. Close this Dialog and continue to CORA-X, OR
  2. Register this CORA-X - required according to the terms of the EULA - though you may do so at a later date.
    You will be prompted with this About Dialog box with every startup until you register this CORA-X.
    If you choose to Register this CORA-X with CloudCORA.com, you will be prompted to sign in.
    If you haven't registered, you will have the opportunity to register from within CORA-X, or you may do so at CloudCORA.com.

You may use the View EULA link at any time to read the EULA again.

The current version will be displayed below the Close button.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Various shortcuts are built into CORA-X using various combinations to the Control (Ctrl) and Alt keys.

Action Shortcuts

Actions are related to the direct processes used by CORA-X.

  1. Alt + L CORAfy - Local Hidden
  2. Alt + U CORAfy - USB
  3. Alt + C CORAfy - the Cloud
  4. Alt + D CORAfy - USB and the Cloud
  5. Alt + P CORAfy - Parent Directory
  6. Alt + S CORAfy - Send
  7. Alt + E CORAfy - Export
  8. Alt + R CORAfy - Repeat (last action other than Export)

  9. Shift + Alt + U unCORAfy
  10. Shift + Alt + R Receive
  11. Shift + Alt + I Import

  12. Ctrl + C Copy the selected files/folders
  13. Ctrl + V Paste the selected files/folders
  14. Ctrl + X Cut the selected files/folders (combined with a Paste, these will be moved to a new location)
  15. Ctrl + R Reverse Cloud and Send Locations. new with version 3.1.7.5

  16. Ctrl + Y Redo last "file operation"
  17. Ctrl + Z Undo last "file operation" (doesn't include CORA operations)

  18. Alt + F Toggle the Navigation pane (Folder Tree View) on and off.
  19. Alt + X Exit CORA-X

  20. F5 Refresh

Options Shortcuts

Options are related to optional processes that are required in order for CORA-X to effect your data. These include processes such as obtaining Help, or view/clearing system messages.

  1. F1 Open a browser and load the help files - requires an internet connection.
  2. Alt + F Navigation pane (Folder's Tree) - toggle on and off.

  3. Ctrl + A Select All
  4. Ctrl + G Open CORA Groups
  5. Ctrl + O Open the Options dialog
  6. Ctrl + The Ctrl key with the left arrow key will move to the First active Folder in the History list/chain
  7. Ctrl + The Ctrl key with the right arrow key will move to the Last active Folder in the History list/chain
  8. Ctrl + On the Statusbar will clear all system messages saved during this session
  9. On the Statusbar will show the system messages' dialog
  10. Ctrl + "About CORA-X" (menu item) - offers the user the option to close CORA-X and open CORA-X User Setup.
  11. Ctrl + "License" button (in the About dialog) - offers the user the option to unregister this copy of CORA-X. Caution: ensure all CORAfied data is unCORAfied before unregistering CORA-X!

CORA actions

CORAfy your Data - safe and secure!

The first step in locking your data is to select the file(s) and or folder(s) to Lock (protect).

Alternatively and conveniently, you may select a CORA Group.

    CORAfy options explained
  1. Local Hidden: CORA blocs are hidden amongst folders within your local hard drive.
  2. USB: most CORA blocs are placed in folder(s) within your local hard drive. A single CORA bloc is placed on your portable USB drive.
  3. The Cloud: most CORA blocs are placed in folder(s) within your local hard drive. A single CORA bloc is saved to the Cloud based drive specified in the Advanced options dialog.
    Caution: you may specify a 'non-Cloud based drive' in which case all CORA blocs will be located on your single device (hard drive).
  4. USB and the Cloud: most CORA blocs are placed in your portable USB device. A single CORA bloc is saved to the Cloud based drive specified in the Advanced options dialog.
    Caution: you may specify a 'non-Cloud based drive' in which case all CORA blocs will be located on your single device (hard drive).
  5. Parent directory: CORA blocs are saved in the same folder as the original file that was CORAfied.
  6. Send: The original files are not normally saved; a normal CORAfy action results in the original file(s) being inaccessible until this data is unCORAfied.
    This action produces a secure (CORAfied) copy of your data that can be saved by you, or sent to a remote destination.
    CORA blocs are save in two folders or ZIP files.
  7. Export: The original files remain accessible; this produces a secure (CORAfied) copy of your data and places all CORA blocs into a single folder or ZIP file.
  8. With the exception of an Export action, each of the other CORAfy actions will become the 'currently active CORAfy action' and will show you this by placing an icon in the status bar. This status bar icon will be the same as the icon shown in the toolbar menu, or the context menu.
    For example, if the last action was a CORAfy - USB action, then this icon will appear in the status bar as shown below.

Maximum number of Files

There is currently a limit on how many Files may be acted upon in a single action.

If you have selected the option to "drill down into nested folders", then you might surpass this maximum # of files, in which you will be given an option to abort the action and select the Files/Folders manually, or to continue with the subset of files that were selected before CORA-X imposed the limit.

The current maximum is between 2000 and 5000 files.

We recommend that you select less than 500 files. CORA Groups makes this a practical and effective approach to securing your data.

unCORAfy - Unlock your Data

Unlocking your data is simple. Select the CORA locked file with the included files/data you want, the select unCORAfy using the unCORAfy button in the toolbar, or the unCORAfy entry in the Context menu.

The CORAfied file is removed and your original files (folders) are recovered.

Receive CORAfied (locked) data.

This specifically works with two Folder, or two ZIP files, that are together in a parent folder.

They must have been created with the "Send" action.

  • Two Folder: you may select 1 or more CORAfied files from the "A" folder.
  • Two ZIP files: all CORAfied data will be received; you may select wither the "A" or the "B" ZIP file.

Import CORAfied (locked) data.

When Importing CORAfied files, you will be prompted to for the CORAfied files, or the ZIP that contains the Exported CORA files.

    There are three ways to import data:
  • From a folder that was created with an "Export" action.
    • You may select one or more CORAfied files to import from this folder.
    • This folder's name will have the following format: "date [hour minute second millisecond]" (i.e. Sunday_September_17_2017 [19 33 7 245])
  • From a ZIP file that was created with an "Export" action.
    • All CORAfied files contained within this ZIP file will be imported.
    • This will have the same name as the folder (above), however, it will be a ZIP file.
  • From a CORAfied (locked) file that was created with any CORAfy action (other than "Send").
    You may import any CORAfied file, which essentially makes a copy of the original, secured data.

After successfully unlocking this data, CORA will default to the currently selected active "Export" folder and paste these unlocked files/folders at this location.
If you have chosen "Always prompt for Restore Location", then you will be prompted for a Target Folder, to which the imported data will be saved.

CORA options

CORA Options

The CORA options dialog allows the end user to select two broad catagories of preferences (General and Advanced), each embodied by a "Tab". When saving or closing the Dialog, all preferences that were changed during the Options selection (possibly from multiple tabs) will be saved.

Opening the Options dialog

There are three ways to open the Options Dialog box:

  1. Ctrl + O This Keyboard shortcut opens the Options Dialog to the previously selected Tab.
  2. Selecting this Toolbar icon opens the Options Dialog to the previously selected Tab.
  3. The Dropdown arrow in the Toolbar icon.

Saving your changes

Note that any changes you make, on any tab, will be saved if you Save changes, not just the changes made on a particular Tab. These changes will only be kept if you properly exit CORA-X. If you "End Program" through the Task Manager, then changes will not be recorded.

To save your changes, you may use the "Save Icon" or the 'Save and Close' "Checkmark" (see diagram below).

CORA General Preferences

Send to Location

This represents the default location to which the "Send" folders or ZIP files will be saved when performing a "Send" Action. These folders / ZIP files should then be copied/moved to emails or USB's that will transport them, together or separately, to the remote location.

A new "default location" may be entered by clicking on the "blue letters". This will open a Folder selection dialog in which you may navigate to the folder you would like to use.

Once a new "default location" has been entered, it will be available in the combobox along with other default locations that you have selected. Opening the combobox allows you to change the "default location" to a previously selected location without having to browse for it again.

The reset icons will return this combobox to its original setting.

Default Export Location

This represents the default location to which the "Export" folder or ZIP file will be saved when performing an "Export" Action.

The Browse action, combobox selection and reset icon function as explained above with the "Send to Location".

Cloud based Location

This represents the default location to which CORA blocs marked for "the Cloud" will be sent.

Caution: the Folder selection dialog doesn't enforce rules, and so, you may select a local folder rather than a Cloud based folder!

We highly recommend that you select a Cloud based drive that is not automatically connected to your account on your device. If you computer and/or account is compromized, then the thief will have access to these CORA blocs.

The Browse action, combobox selection and reset icon function as explained above with the "Send to Location".

Always Prompt for an Export Location

If this is selected, then you will be prompted for an export location when you initiate and Export action.

In such cases, all CORA files are exported to this one location which over-rides the Primary and Secondary locations.

Always Prompt for Restore location

When Importing or Receiving CORAfied data, it defaults to being placed into the active Folder in CORA-X. This option prompts you for an alternate Folder to which to add the Unlocked files/folders.

Use Cloud base Location for second package during a Send action.

When Sending CORAfied data, there are two ZIP files (or folders) created to hold the various CORA blocs and catalog(s). This option placed one of these packages into the Cloud base Location specified above.

Reverse

This reverse which Send package goest to the Cloud based location. The Keyboard Shortcut "Ctrl-R" will toggle this checkbox, and, set the "Use Cloud base Location...".

Drilling down into Nested Folders

Actions on Directories (Folders) will drill down into all nested Locations - when this is selected and you CORAfy the selected Folder, all nested folders will be Locked or Exported as well.

Please note that there is a maximum number of items that may be acted upon with a single CORA action.

Caution: delete and copy File operations always include the nested Locations.

Display information on (un)CORAify actions

If selected, then when CORAfying or unCORAfying, the time taken for this action will be displayed in the status bar.

Always prompt for USB drive selection

If there are multiple portable USB drives, the first time you save using a USB you will be prompted to select a particular USB. From this time on (during your active session) this will become the default USB drive unless you have selected this option.

Synchronize multiple CORA-X installations

Synchronize your CORA-X with another CORA-X installed on a different account, or on a different computer.

You may synchronize 2 or more installations of CORA-X so that each will have the same access to CORAfied data.

When a team wants to send their information to remote locations using the Send/Receive actions, both CORA-X installations must be synchronized. Otherwise, the secured data will not be unCORAfied. Even if the remote location has successfully received all of the CORA blocs, they will not have the MUP to unCORAfy the data.

Remember, the MUP alone provides superior security. It is a minimum of 150 kB, resulting in security that is analogous to 1,200,000-bit encryption!

Pass phrase
  • This button opens a dialog in which you specify, or change, your pass phrase.
  • This pass phrase must be at least 20 characters in length.
  • CORA-X will save this pass phrase and present it to you in this dialog.
  • It is vitally important that you record this pass phrase separately for two reasons:
    1. If you need to restore your system, you will need this pass phrase after running the CORA-X User Setup. If you have CORAfied data, and you cannot restore your system files, then you will NOT unCORAfy your previously secured data!
    2. You may, and should, change the pass phrase occasionally. CORA-X doesn't keep a history of your pass phrases. Therefore is it important that you keep a history of your pass phrases.
    3. Example: you need to synchronize your CORA-X with 2 (or more) different teams. You should use two different pass phrases to protect the autonomy of each synchronization.
Save
  • Important - export a copy of your installation before importing from another system. (see "Important" note below)
  • This button initiates the creation of your synchronization packages. There will be two files identified by the following naming convention:
    CORA-X_Synchronization-[date]-Package_1.pcora
    CORA-X_Synchronization-[date]-Package_2.pcora
  • The first time you select this action, or if you press the Ctrl key when selecting this Export button, then a Folder selection dialog will prompt you for a location for the Synchronization packages.
    Otherwise these packages will be saved to the previously selected location.
  • A _synchronize folder was created in your CORA-X folder as a default location for your backups. You may select a different folder of your choosing.
  • If you haven't entered a pass phrase, then this action will begin by opening the "Pass phrase" dialog.
Load
  • This button opens a Folder selection dialog in which you select the Synchronization package to synchronize your installation of CORA-X.
  • After selecting one of the Synchronization packages (both must be in the same parent folder), you will be prompted for the Pass phrase.
  • Important - you should create a synchronization package prior to importing a package; otherwise you will NOT be able to unCORAfy any secured data that was secured with your previous instance of CORA-X. This process changes your MUP and other key parameters needed for CORA actions.
  • Remember to keep a record of the Synchronization package and related pass phrase.

System Backup and Restore

Backup and restore system files. These include your MUP(s), preferences and other related initialization parameters.

The main difference between a Synchronization and Backup is that the Backup includes preferences and unique identifiers used to certify the authenticity of your CORA-X installation. While it is perfectly good to restore a backup on the computer (and account) that created the backup, one should never restore the system files from another CORA-X installation. If you need to synchronize two or more installations of CORA-X, use synchronize.

It is important that you backup your system periodically! Should your computer crash, or files become corrupted, a backup will allow you to restore CORA-X, and with CORA-X, restore any files that had been CORAfied.

Without a proper "Restore", even if you have the CORA blocs, you will not unCORAfy your secured data!

Pass phrase - same as cited above for Synchronization. Moreover, the same pass phrase is used unless you change it by opening this dialog.

Record your Pass phrase separately! You will not Restore a backup without it. Should it become necessary to restore CORA-X, your pass phrase will not be available from within CORA-X.

Backup

  • If this is your first time doing a Backup, then a Folder selection dialog will prompt you for the location to which your backup packages will be saved.
  • If you have selected "Always prompt for Export Locations", then a Folder selection dialog will always begin this process.
  • You may also specify the default Export location in the Options dialog (Export Location).

This Backup will save your MUP, System Data and User Preferences.

A _backup folder was created in your CORA-X folder as a default location for your backups. You may select a different folder of your choosing.

The naming convention for System backups is:
CORA-X_System-[date]-Package_1.pcora
CORA-X_System-[date]-Package_2.pcora

Restore - will list your Backup packages in a separate dialog box, allowing you to select which backup you would like to restore.

Both backup files must be located in the same parent folder.

CORA Advanced Preferences

Number of CORA blocs

    This groupbox allows you to determine how CORA-X will determine the number of CORA blocs to produce when CORAfying data.
  1. CORA decided - the CORA engine will determine how many CORA blocs to produce.
  2. Exact - you direct CORA to use this many CORA blocs. Note that in select circumstances, CORA may override this if it is necessary for the security of your data.
  3. Minimum - Maximum. You may direct CORA-X to randomly select a number of CORA blocs between these two boundaries.

Last CORA bloc

The last CORA bloc may be sent to a separate device (USB, Cloud). The size of this bloc should be at lease 1 kB.

Zip files on Export

This option directs CORA to produce a ZIP file when exporting data. Otherwise a folder is produced.

Zip files on Send

This option directs CORA to produce 2 ZIP files when a Send action is choosen. Otherwise 2 folders are produced.

View Hidden Directories and Files

Caution should be exercized here; only advanced user should contemplate this action.

We strongly recommend leaving this unchecked.

View System Directories and Files

Caution should be exercized here; only advanced user should contemplate this action.

We strongly recommend leaving this unchecked.

New Session begins here

When beginning a new session with CORA-X and selecting the Options button in the toolbar (as opposed to the dropdown arrow), the options dialog will default to the general preferences tab. This checkbox will override this default action and begin in this advanced preference tab.

This only applies to the first action CORA-X is first opened. When the Options dialog is subsequently opened, it begins with the same tab that was previously selected.

Note: you may select a specific tab to open using the dropdown arrow next to the Options button in the toolbar.

Display the No. of Selected Files

If selected, then the no of files that might be affected by a File operation, such as Delete, or a CORAfy action (if drilling down to nested files) is shown in the status bar.

Deleting CORA files when unlocking

If this option is selected, when you unlock your data, the CORA data Key and data Files will be deleted.

The Context menu

Context menu actions are available in the Toolbar and/or through keyboard shortcuts. CORA actions are displayed in a blue font.

CORA actions in the context menu.

CORA Groups may be created, or added to, using the Context menu.

Selected items may be added to an existing CORA group, or used to create a new CORA Group.

File actions in the context menu

  • Open - open the select file(s) using the registered program(s). Defaults to Notepad for unknown file types.
  • Select - available in the Folder Tree, this menu item makes this particular folder the active folder.
  • New Folder - creates a New Folder in the currently selected, active Folder. This action also initiates a "Rename" action on the new folder.
  • Cut - copy the currently selected file(s)/folder(s), then when a Paste action occurs, paste them into the new location and delete these from their original location.
  • Copy - copy the currenlty selected files(s)/folder(s) - making them available to be pasted into another location. This process is independent of Window's clipboard.
  • Paste - paste items copied (in CORA-X) into the currently active folder. This process is independent of Window's clipboard.
  • Rename - rename the existing file or folder.
  • Delete - delete the existing file or folder.

File actions are displayed in a black font.

Messages from CORA

Messages requiring "User Input"

There are times when you will have to make a decision. For example, if you are using the Free version and attempt to Lock 3 files and 1 folder, then you will be notified that the Free version limits a single Lock to a single folder (no limit on the number of files). Hence you will have to decide if you want to continue, locking only the files, or cancel and then select a different group of files, or a single folder.

Status bar messages

The most common status bar message is the currently active Folder. Every change in folder is reflected in the path being displayed in the status bar.

There are times when this path information won't be displayed (temporarily) while another message is displayed, such as a warning or error message.

Warning and/or error messages placed here will be "red" and only appear for a few seconds. These are generally considered to be advisory messages that shouldn't require a decision by you.

All status bar messages are kept during a particular session. While they only appear momentarily in the status bar, they are available for review at any time by clicking on the status bar (on the text of the status bar - left side of status bar).

The CORA - Messages dialog allows you to choose the type of message to view:

  • Standard messages involve the generic type of messages, such as are shown in this example; directories that have been viewed.
  • CORA messages involve CORA, such as errors and/or warnings that may have occurred.

To clear earlier messsages you may use this Hold the Ctrl Key down while clicking on the status bar.