Congratulations! You’ve just installed Viivo for Windows
This quick start guide is designed to quickly explain how Viivo works so that you can begin securing the contents of your Dropbox folder. There are only two folders you need to work with.
1. The “Viivo” Folder – which has been placed in your home folder
The Viivo folder is where you’ll work with your sensitive files. Anything Copied to or Saved in this folder will generate an encrypted copy of the same file in your Dropbox folder (which then syncs to all of your devices running Dropbox).
You simply use Viivo on those devices to decrypt the data in Dropbox back into its unencrypted form where you can begin working with it immediately via your productivity applications.
- You can click on the Shortcut we’ve placed on your desktop:
- You can open it from your Favorites menu:
- Or you can open it by “right clicking” on the Viivo icon in your tool tray:
Once files are saved in the Viivo folder, they will be encrypted, and a copy saved in your Dropbox. It’s that simple. That brings us to our next folder…
2. The “VIIVO_Managed_Content” Folder – where your protected files are stored on Dropbox
When you open Dropbox from now on, you’ll notice two things:
1. There’s a new folder called “VIIVO_Managed_Content”…
2. It contains two other folders: viivo_encrypted and viivo_identity
viivo_encrypted contains encrypted copies of everything in your Viivo folder. These copies can remain secured for yourself or they can be shared (via normal Dropbox sharing) with other Dropbox users. All of the encrypted files end in .viivo
You’ll notice that if you try to open the files that end with “.viivo” from your Dropbox folder, you can’t. That’s because the files are encrypted. And that’s a good thing – because if you can’t open them, neither can Dropbox.
The other Viivo folders that you should just ignore
viivo_identity folder: contains the files that make up your identity and describe the access you have to other Viivo encrypted Dropbox shares.
.viivo folders: these show up in Dropbox shares and contain the metadata used by Viivo to describe who has access to decrypt each shares contents
These folders are essential to Viivo doing its job, and contain a small number of encrypted files. DON’T DELETE these folders!
Thanks for reading our Quick Start Guide for Windows. If you have any questions or problems with Viivo, please checkout the forums