Xbible’s approach is security through ambiguity. It requires a password, but our product is shipped without documentation, and it was intercepted no one would know its real purpose, IT professionals would easily see there is an encrypted storage volume in it. The password is supplied to the user via email or separately mailed piece of mail. Users should absolutely not carry an xbible USB flash drive into airport or border of a hostile country with any kind of printed of documentation.
Truecrypt’s web site decided to issue a statement telling their audience not to use Truecrypt any more and to use a new heavily crippled version (7.2) to open their Truecrypt volumes and move their data to another type of product.
Here’s why this statement is fishy:-
- There is a recommendation to use the similar “Bit Locker” product, which comes with Windows 7 Pro and Ultimate and 8 Pro editions only, Truecrypt works on any Windows, Mac or Linux computer and is free. Bitlocker isn’t free and can’t be used for a non-profit project like us. Our project is intended for any PC running XP, Vista, 7 or 8.
- It refers to Windows XP official support being discontinued (which is true) why does this have anything to do with Truecrypt? Its an independently written product that works on all three major computing platforms, not limited to a discontinued 2001 version of Windows.
- All the discussion forums are gone, there was lots of clever enthusiasts helping other people with assisting with using this type of security software.
- A recent audit of the software, the first stage done just a few weeks ago, funded by donations declared Truecrypt to have no significant issues.
Our conclusion is this extremely useful tool for protecting sensitive files has been sabotaged, as the web site appears hijacked with a poisoned version, as some IT journalists have flagged this version as containing malware.
Some people might concerned that we use Truecrypt. This software is fine for this purpose. We only use the previous most trusted version, 7.1A. Any software is going to have flaws, but this is less risky then if we release the xbible with all the content undisguised, as we really want to see this bible software used in countries where spreading the gospel is illegal.
Whoever did this has probably succeed at destroying the reputation of this fine application and the documentation and the download of the previous version, which you can get 7.1 from here.
We’d like to see someone take over Truecrypt with a new version or a derivative, and host and support it in a fashion to show it hasn’t been tampered with and that the code is transparent.
Xbible development will continue as the only encrypted collection of electronic bibles to be used in countries where the gospel is not welcome.
Feel free to contact us if you have any concerns.
No extra software is needed, just follow these simple instructions:-
If you click on “Show MP3 file sets to copy” and also “Burn an MP3 CD”
We can copy the particular set using the DVD writer drive on most desktop computers and some laptop computers.
Drag the folder with language of your choice to the white space as shown
Click the Disc with pencil icon, as shown which is the third from the left.
When you have a blank disc in the drive, click OK
Don’t change any of the options or tick boxes.
Wait a short while…
You might need to reclose the DVD drive drawer….
I turn on my TV and the DVD player shows a folder on the disc….
Using my DVD remote I can easily select which verse to play…
So there you have it, you can supply an audio bible using my own computer to give to a friend or neighbor who doesn’t have a computer but would like to listen to the gospel on a normal television and DVD player.
This disc is not a normal audio CD but an MP3 CD, it may also be playable on some recent car CD players and some household hifi systems.
When you are finished with your xbible, you must exit the application menu before you unplug it.
The ‘close and exit safely’ button does the following:-
- closes any apps left open, ie: bible applications, AbiWord, VLC player, Chrome browser,
- close Windows Explorer windows (no not Internet Explorer browser, I’m referring to any windows displaying files and folders)
- closes the menu program from the taskbar
- makes the X: drive vanish by closing the hidden encrypted X: drive correctly, this step won’t work right unless the above are done.
The icon on the taskbar is used to eject ‘normal’ USB storage devices, but the ‘Close and Exit’ button must be done first on the xbible flash drive
I liken the Close and Exit safely button to an ejector seat button!! It needs to work quickly, using the black box that appears for a moment.
Lets say you are a student in a library with your laptop using xbible in an Islamic University, if someone approaches you this is designed to hide what you are doing.
We remind you to NEVER unplug your xbible flash drive suddenly, this will cause any apps running to crash and could corrupt the files too.
When it comes to technology in the mission field, one of the pioneers of this is MegaVoice.
Megavoice is a unique ministry which produces radios designed to be fixed onto one channel, for local broadcasts of Christian radio in a specific country and bibles in spoken MP3 form that can be used anywhere in the world.
Build tough for harsh environments, some can be run on solar power in developing countries where batteries are scarce and costly. Many people in these targeted countries maybe illiterate in their own language, so this is where the spoken word is better!
These people are some of our heros!! please do check them out!!:-
The xbible project is different as its on a low cost USB stick which requires a normal Windows computer.
We aren’t a rival, we just hope the gospel can go out to places where evangelism and bible teaching maybe difficult due to free speech, threats against believers or where bibles and material might get seized or confiscated in airports or border crossings.
Interesting article on fake USB sticks.
In western countries, USB sticks are cheap enough to get from Amazon, Play.com, etc in US, Canada, UK, France and Germany, there is no need to get them from not so well known places.
I would say that these are large capacity sticks through flea markets could of been directly imported from China which could have the capacity doctored so they don’t work reliably and corrupt after a certain amount of data has been written.
We would recommend buying USB drives from decent reliable sources.
We have heard scary stories of people being watched in internet cafes, but imagine having to be compliant with these rules if you live in Iran!!
From Iranian blogger ‘The Master’s Thoughts’ elektito.blogspot.com
An article in January 29 issue of Sharq newspaper lists the new bizarre conditions for Internet cafe owners and their establishments (roughly translated):
- Married, and at least 30 years old.
- Having ICDL or equivalent license.
- Having surveillance cameras installed.
- The establishment needs to be at the side of the streets.
- The establishment should not be inside buildings.
- The establishment should not be near a girls’ school.
- The establishment should have fully transparent glass doors through which the inside is clearly visible.
- Putting any kind of posters or blinds that blocks the view of the interior from outside is forbidden.
- Men and women, even related, cannot sit side by side.
- Foreign names should not be used for the establishment.
- Having fire extinguishers and first aid kits is mandatory.
- The time of entrance and departure for each user should be registered.
- Users should have valid identification. The identity of each user (including their national ID numbers) needs to be registered. This information needs to be kept for at least six months
We think a packaged kit on a USB drive containing text bibles and audio bibles and tools to keep it discretely hidden and access the internet unrestricted in places like Iran is sorely needed. We hope xbible can be a blessing to Iranian people….