Cloud synchronization

In this article: Setup, Cloud database, Synchronization times, Synchronization mechanism, Synchronization status, Passwords mismatch, Troubleshooting
 

1. Setup

Open the Cloud Sync tab in the app’s Options (Preferences on Mac). Here is a list of supported clouds: Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive. You should have an existing cloud account to proceed.

Tip: There is also another option called Another cloud (via WebDAV). This option allows to connect Network-attached storages (NAS) and other clouds, which support the WebDAV protocol.

Select a desired cloud account and authenticate to provide SafeInCloud with access to your cloud account. 

Attention! For the cloud synchronization to work, you should config the same cloud account in all SafeInCloud instances installed on all your devices and computers. And all they should have the same password.

2. Cloud database

The cloud synchronization stores your data in an encrypted and password protected file named SafeInCloud.db. This file is located in your own cloud account. SafeInCloud has no own servers and does not store your data. The location of this file depends on your cloud:

Google Drive
File location: /SafeInCloud.db
Web address: https://drive.google.com

Dropbox
File location: /Apps/Safe In Cloud/SafeInCloud.db
Web address: https://www.dropbox.com

OneDrive
File location: /Apps/SafeInCloud Password Manager/SafeInCloud.db
Web address: https://onedrive.live.com

It’s not possible to open the cloud database file directly (by clicking on it), because it’s encrypted. To access your data from a computer (Windows or Mac), install a free desktop app from: https://www.safe-in-cloud.com/download

Do not move or rename SafeInCloud.db file. The app won’t be able to find your cloud database then.

Tip: There is no option to config the file location at the moment, but it’s planned for the future.

3. Synchronization times

The cloud synchronization happens automatically at the following moments:
-    After your login into SafeInCloud app;
-    When you switch to another application;
-    1 minute after the last data modification.

Do not forcibly close SafeInCloud just after using it. This might break the synchronization and corrupt the database.

To perform a manual synchronization, select Sync from the toolbar in the main view.

4. Synchronization mechanism

During the cloud synchronization SafeInCloud downloads the cloud database and merges it with the local database. It compares these database item by item and produces the resulting database, which has all the items with the latest modification time

For example, if you modify some card on a phone (version A) and then modify the same card on a computer (version B), then after the cloud synchronization both phone and computer will have the last modified version of this card (version B).

5. Synchronization status

Always watch for the cloud synchronization status. If there is a problem, SafeInCloud will notify you with the Warning icon at the bottom-left corner of the main view. If you see this warning, press the Resolve button.

To check the problem details, go to the Cloud Sync tab in the app’s Options, and select Show log in the bottom-right corner. 

Tip: You can also see the last sync status at the bottom of this tab.

If you cannot resolve the sync problem yourself, Copy this log to the clipboard and send to our support.

6. Passwords mismatch

There is another special kind of cloud sync problem – Passwords mismatch. This happens, when the cloud and the local database have different passwords. For the cloud synchronization to work, you should config the same cloud account in all SafeInCloud instances installed on all your devices and computers. And all they should have the same password.

To fix this issue manually set the same password for all SafeInCloud instances installed on all your devices and computers. 

If the problem still exists, press the Resolve button and select one of two options:
-    Set the phone’s password to the cloud database – for this you should know the password of the cloud database;
-    Overwrite the cloud database with the device database – this will delete the cloud copy of your data.

7. Troubleshooting

Most of the synchronization problems can be easily resolved with one of the following simple steps:
-    Check your Internet connection;
-    Check that you have free space on your cloud account;
-    Restart the computer;
-    Switch the cloud sync to None, then back to your cloud and reauthenticate;
-    Try using another cloud;
-    Try again later – the cloud might have temporary issues.

If after the reauthentication in a browser the cloud sync still has Not authenticated status, check your proxy settings:

On Windows
-    Open Internet Options in the Control Panel;
-    Select the Connections tab;
-    Press the LAN settings button;
-    Check Bypass proxy server for local addresses (if this setting is enabled).

On Mac
-    Open Network in the System Preferences;
-    Press the Advanced… button;
-    Select the Proxies tab;
-    Add *.local to the Bypass proxy settings edit field.

Attention! Your firewall or security software (such as anti-virus programs) might be blocking communication between SafeInCloud and your browser during the authentication process (via local ports). Try to temporary disable such software or add SafeInCloud as an exception to their settings.