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Upgrading SafeHouse

Our upgrade polices and options are listed below.

Starting with version 3, SafeHouse "Standard Edition" has been renamed to "Professional Edition" to better reflect the intended audience for this product.

Although v3.0 introduces a new volume file format, it will continue to read your existing 2.10 volumes without any trouble.

Download Files

The standard file download page contains the files you need to update or upgrade. Our live and trial downloads are one in the same. One download works for both. Just download the correct SafeHouse edition (Personal or Professional) and run the setup program.

You do not need to remove your older version of SafeHouse to install an upgrade.

Discontinued Support for v2.10

Sales and support of Version 2.10 will be discontinued shortly after the successful release of v3.0. Changes introduced into Windows over time by Microsoft through automatic updates and security patches have caused a variety of conflicts with SafeHouse which have been completely resolved in version 3. Since this is a free upgrade, we encourage customers to begin using the new software.

Upgrade Policy

SafeHouse Personal Edition v2.10 to Personal Edition v3.0

Free upgrade. Your existing activation key will work. Lookup key.

You may download the new version and install on top of the prior installation. There is no need to uninstall your original copy of SafeHouse, but it does not hurt if you choose to do so.

SafeHouse Standard Edition v2.10 to Professional Edition v3.0

Free upgrade. Your existing activation key will work. Lookup key.

You may download the new version and install on top of the prior installation. There is no need to uninstall your original copy of SafeHouse, but it does not hurt if you choose to do so.

SafeHouse Personal Edition v3.0 to Professional Edition v3.0

Upgrade required: $39.99 US.

New Features in v3.0

Personal and Professional Editions

  • Full support for Windows Vista
  • Smartcard support everywhere
  • Virtual smartcards using USB memory sticks
  • Increased compatibility with Windows & other applications
  • Password strength meter
  • Updated dialogs and user interfaces
  • Automatic shadow copies of critical volume information
  • Auto-detect file corruption to volume files
  • Trial version no longer limits size of volumes

Professional Edition Only

  • Password dictionary warns about weak passwords
  • Run scripts on open/close volumes
  • Web-based administration
  • Remote password resets
  • Administrative groups
  • Greatly-enhanced Branding wizard
  • Greatly-enhanced Deployment wizard
  • No encryption strength limits for branding
  • Password resets using smartcards
  • ActiveX programming component

Compatibility Notes

The notes below detail some things you might want to be aware of with regard to compatibility between this version 3 software and the earlier version 2 software.

  • You'll notice that the terms map and unmap used in prior versions are replaced by open and close. The meaning is the same.
  • The volume file format has been changed to support the new features and to increase security. Version 3 software can fully read and write all Version 2 volumes; however, Version 2 will not be able to read volumes created with Version 3.
  • Version 3 software supports administrators performing a local password reset on Version 2 volumes. Remote resets are not supported.
  • If you have a volume created with Version 2, work with it some using Version 3, then open with Version 2 again, and then Version 3 again - SafeHouse will warn you that it has detected unauthorized changes to volume's file header. This is okay. Version 3 performs some new integrity tests which Version 2 does not know to keep synchronized. The volume data is fine. This happens only when switching back and forth between versions of software using the same volume.