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Creating an Encrypted Disk

  • After completing the wizard process, and signing in to your Porticor Virtual Appliance console, you’ll get to the “Master Key” page. This page will appear one time only per project. The Master Key guarantees that only you control your data. It is important you copy and save this key in a safe place. Please note: Porticor requires the master key as part of the system boot process. Losing the master key will render no access to any encrypted disks, and the data stored on them cannot be recovered. After you save your project master key, click the “OK, I HAVE SAVED IT!” button:

 MasterKey arrow Creating an Encrypted Disk

  • You should now see the “project successfully created” page. Click continue to configure your Porticor virtual appliance.
  • Click the “Protected File Systems” button from the Porticor Dashboard:

 Virtual Appliance Main Screen arrow Creating an Encrypted Disk

  • Note: VMware or IBM cloud users – please ignore this next step. AWS users; you will need to enter your AWS credentials once per project before you can start creating encrypted disks. Your AWS credentials are saved in your private project within your own account. Neither Porticor nor anyone else ever sees them. Enter your AWS credentials and click the “store to your private project storage” button:

 Store AWS credentials Creating an Encrypted Disk

  • To create an encrypted disk, assign the disk name (the disk name should be a value between “sdf” and “sdp”) and disk size. Next click on the “Create new” link. The Porticor virtual appliance disk initiation process will begin:

 Create first disk Creating an Encrypted Disk

  • After ~30 seconds, an uninitialized disk is created. Select the encrypted disk file system and click the “secure this disk” image:

 File storage type Creating an Encrypted Disk

  • That’s it! Your encrypted disk has been created. For additional mount instructions, click the “use it” link:

 Available for secure use arrow Creating an Encrypted Disk

  • A window with specific instruction will provide specific mount details for your newly created encrypted disk:

 Use it Creating an Encrypted Disk

  • In addition to encrypted disks creation, the Porticor virtual appliance supports a “disk lock” operation. Locking a disk will render the stored data inaccessible. To lock a disk click the “key” icon:

 Available for secure use lock arrow Creating an Encrypted Disk

  • The disk is now locked. To reopen the disk simple select the storage type and click the “key” icon again:

 Locked disk unlock icon Creating an Encrypted Disk


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Gilad Parann-Nissany, Founder and CEO at Porticor is a pioneer of Cloud Computing. He has built SaaS Clouds for medium and small enterprises at SAP (CTO Small Business); contributing to several SAP products and reaching more than 8 million users. Recently he has created a consumer Cloud at G.ho.st - a cloud operating system that delighted hundreds of thousands of users while providing browser-based and mobile access to data, people and a variety of cloud-based applications. He is now CEO of Porticor, a leader in Virtual Privacy and Cloud Security.

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