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Berlin, 23 April 2020 - Berlin-based software provider Steganos (, which specialises in data protection and digital privacy, is now using proceeds from every product purchase to support worldwide coronavirus emergency aid provided by Aktion Deutschland Hilft, an alliance of 23 German aid organisations. Members of the alliance include ASB, Malteser and Johanniter.
For each purchase of Steganos Privacy Suite 21, Steganos Online Shield VPN, Steganos Safe 21 and Steganos Password Manager 21, the company donates 5 euros to Aktion Deutschland Hilft. At the same time, customers receive a discount of up to 30% on selected products to create additional incentives for purchases and related donations, generating significant aid to fight the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Internationally, Aktion Deutschland Hilft aid organisations are making an important contribution to coronavirus emergency aid in heavily affected areas, for example by providing mobile teams of doctors or hygiene kits. In Germany, alliance organisations operate hospitals and care facilities and are currently helping to plan, set up and operate screening centres and screening vehicles. In addition, the coronavirus emergency aid is helping to secure the supply of chronically ill people with essential medicines and the provision of food, hygiene equipment and emergency accommodation for people without shelter.

Joachim Heng, managing director of Steganos, explains: “For us as a company, the digital security of our fellow human beings and customers has been our focus for over 20 years. It is therefore only natural that, even in such a critical and unprecedented situation, Steganos should make a contribution to providing security and, above all, healthcare to those who are especially suffering worldwide from the coronavirus crisis and its consequences. We are delighted with every single amount that is donated to Aktion Deutschland Hilft coronavirus emergency aid through our campaign - because every little bit that each and every one of us can do helps make a big difference at the moment.”

“The aid organisations in our alliance are currently providing globally coordinated coronavirus emergency aid,” says Manuela Rossbach, managing director of Aktion Deutschland Hilft. “Only with solidarity and cohesion can we overcome this global crisis. This makes me all the more grateful for the donation partnership with Steganos, because with every donation we can provide important aid measures and support people who are being especially affected by the pandemic.”

Brief profile of Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V.
Aktion Deutschland Hilft is an alliance of German aid organisations founded in 2001. In the event of a major disaster, they join forces to provide fast, effective aid. The participating organisations pool their many years of experience in humanitarian aid in order to further optimise their successful work to date. Using the joint donation account 10 20 30 with the Bank für Sozialwirtschaft in Cologne, the alliance, which is audited by the German Central Institute for Social Issues (Deutsches Zentralinstitut für soziale Fragen; DZI) and is a member of the German Donation Council (Deutscher Spendenrat), appeals for solidarity and support in the event of a disaster.

About Steganos Software GmbH
Steganos has been the benchmark for digital privacy protection for almost 20 years.
The company, which was founded in Germany in 1997, produces recognised security products such as Steganos Privacy Suite, Steganos Password Manager and mySteganos Online Shield VPN. You can find more information at

We are celebrating twenty years of privacy protection with the Anniversary Edition of Steganos Privacy Suite 20, which includes Tuning Pro as a free gift. Along with the package, which consists of a digital safe, password manager, trace destroyer and tuning tool, users receive the new generation of proven security solutions for protecting their data and privacy, for a fast, optimised, secure PC. Besides improved brute force protection for login passwords, Steganos Privacy Suite 20 comes with a completely re-engineered user interface and improved shredder and backup integration. The Steganos Mobile Privacy apps now have a generating and processing function. An important innovation is the option of full synchronisation between the Mobile Privacy apps and multiple instances of Steganos Password Manager 20 via Cloud storage.

Summary of the innovations in Steganos Privacy Suite 20
  • Steganos Mobile Privacy apps with generating and processing function
  • Full synchronisation between Mobile Privacy apps and multiple instances of Steganos Password Manager 20
  • Completely re-engineered user interface
  • Improved brute force protection for login passwords
  • Optimised shredder and backup integration
Steganos Privacy Suite 20 Anniversary Edition + Tuning Pro
The 20th anniversary edition of Steganos Privacy Suite 20 is a handy complete solution for data and privacy protection, combining Safe 20 and Password Manager 20 security software with a trace destroyer. Sensitive data such as business reports, TAN lists or holiday photos are securely encrypted at the click of a button anywhere on the PC, in the network, in the Cloud and on the move. Passwords are automatically generated, managed and entered for all online accounts on the computer, tablet or smartphone. Browser data and processes are deleted with a click of the mouse. This ensures that no traces are left behind on devices. The Mobile Privacy apps now have a generating and processing function. Full synchronisation between the Mobile Privacy apps and Steganos Password Manager 20 via OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox or MagentaCLOUD is now also available between multiple Steganos Password Manager 20 on different devices in real time. Maximum security for login passwords is provided by improved brute force protection. Easy, intuitive use of all functions is guaranteed via the completely re-engineered user interface. The Anniversary Edition also includes Steganos Tuning Pro for a fast, optimised, secure PC.

Steganos Password Manager 20
In digital life, there are many sensitive areas that need to be protected against unwanted access with different passwords. The variation and quality of passwords for security on the web is a critical aspect of this. Steganos Password Manager 20 works with highly-secure AES 256-bit encryption, which has never been hacked since the company was founded. It generates strong passwords and manages them securely on the PC, mobile device and in the Cloud. With the new Steganos Privacy apps, users can now generate and manage strong passwords on their smartphones as well. Thanks to full synchronisation between the apps and Steganos Password Manager 20, this means that they can access their passwords on any device. Passwords are always encrypted first on the PC and then transferred to the Cloud if required. There are no backdoors, master passwords or duplicate keys. With browser plug-ins for Chrome and Firefox, login data can now be automatically stored and filled in and can be accessed directly on personal favourites. Easy password importing from Google Chrome is possible. Thanks to the virtual keyboard, keyloggers have no chance of intercepting keyboard input. The optional character randomiser provides protection against mouse click recorders. In addition, brute force protection for login passwords has been improved. Increased security for the keychain is achieved through two-factor authentication, using optional third-party apps such as Authy and Google Authenticator. A backup wizard is provided for Password Manager keychains. Regular reminders to change passwords are another protective measure. There are now free apps for iOS and Android that enable secure access to PINs and passwords plus automatic entering into the In-App browser when out and about. The portable USB version of Password Manager 20 can be used anywhere, on any PC with an encrypted password list. The printing function is useful when password lists need to be kept in a safe deposit box or held by a notary. Users no longer need to think up or remember passwords themselves and are provided with reliable protection against data spies and hackers.

Steganos Safe 20
Steganos Safe 20 protects confidential documents, business documentation, TAN lists and anything that is not intended for the eyes of third parties in a digital safe. Despite the highly professional security functions, intuitive, simple use is guaranteed by the clearly structured, completely re-engineered user interface. All sorts of sensitive data are protected at the push of a button, using the latest 384-bit AES XEX encryption with AES-NI hardware acceleration Made in Germany. Safes can be very easily set up on the PC, on the network or in the Cloud via Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive and MagentaCLOUD. In this way Steganos Safe 20 provides protection against data thieves, snoopers and even secret services. Shredder and backup integration has been improved. The maximum safe size is 2 TB, enabling automatically upscaling safes to spare the limited space on flash drives. Two-factor authentication for safes and keychains, optionally via third-party apps such as Authy or Google Authenticator, further increases security. Portable safes for USB sticks, CD, DVD or Blu-ray discs have been optimised. If a USB stick used as a safe key is removed, the virtual safe locks itself automatically and sensitive data is immediately protected. It is now also possible for users to specify storage locations and drive letters themselves, and to easily move and delete safes. An open safe integrates seamlessly into Windows and can be used from any program.

Steganos puts seven digital tips for clever use of smartphones and other electronic devices in your suitcase

Summer, sun, holiday time: While the best and most relaxed time of the year begins for vacationers, the main season starts for cyber criminals: Besides Internet fraud and theft of mobile devices, WiFi espionage and data theft are also at the top of the dangerous to-do list.

To prevent things from going that far, we are putting seven tips for the correct use of smartphones, tablets and laptops in your suitcase.

Before your holiday

All sensitive data should be backed up to an external medium or cloud service prior to travel. Backups of all packed devices before your vacation are a definite must-do.Our Steganos Safe 19 supports data encryption in Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive and MagentaCLOUD, but also offers portable safes for USB sticks, CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray Discs. If the hardware is lost on vacation, at least the data is not lost and can be restored later. Thanks to the latest 384-bit AES-XEX encryption with AES-NI hardware acceleration, potential offenders cannot get access to your data.

No rash postings in social media: By announcing your vacation, you provide potential thieves with all the information they need to prepare. Facebook and Co. often serve as an index of potential targets for criminals. The same applies to postings directly from the vacation location. These should only be released to your closest friends or simply published later.

Update your software and security solutions. This prevents known vulnerabilities from being exploited. Users should generally not deactivate the automatic program and operating system updates in order to keep the devices always up to date.

During your holiday

Never leave your mobile device unattended. Just a few minutes are enough to pull login credentials and similar important information from your device.

Use free hotel WLAN and public hotspots, for example on the beach or in a café, only with trustworthy VPN software. With mySteganos Online Shield VPN you can establish a secure, protected and anonymous connection with your mobile device while surfing the Internet. Hackers have no chance to access your passwords, emails, photos, payment or bank data.

Have secure access to your PINs and passwords while on the move. With the free apps for iOS and Android of our Steganos Password Manager 19 in your luggage you can access them easily and securely including automatic login with the in-app browser.

After your holiday

Before connecting to your home network, scan all devices you carried with you for a detailed antivirus scan. Modern security solutions quickly detect possible malware.

To transfer your existing license into the new mySteganos Online Shield, you just need to download the new Online Shield application and create a mySteganos account. On Windows PCs your old license will be transferred automatically. Just follow these steps:

  1. Please download and install mySteganos Online Shield on the PC that you are currently using your existing Online Shield license on.
  1. After the installation the new mySteganos Online Shield will open automatically. To transfer your license, please click on the menu button in the upper left of the application window and select “Manage license…”
  2. Now you can either create a new account or log into an existing one.
    If you need to create a new account, please click on the button “Create account” and go to step 4.
    If you already have an account, please log in and go to step 6.
  1. Enter your email address and choose a password for your account, then click on “Register”.
  1. Now you need to confirm your email address. For that purpose, we will send you an activation code to your email address. Please enter that code and then click on “Log in”.
  1. Now you have successfully created your account and transferred your existing license into it.
    If you also want to use that license on other devices, just install the mySteganos app on that device and log into your account.
    You can always check your license status directly in mySteganos Online Shield or by logging into the website at

With mySteganos Online Shield VPN we present you a fully cross-platform VPN solution that now makes macOS devices secure on the Internet as well. The solution enables you to stay protected and surf the Internet anonymously on four operating systems, regardless of where you are. This keeps your passwords, emails, photos and chats protected, not only on Windows PCs, but on Macs too, at home or in the office. At the same time, you can continue to surf securely with your tablet or smartphone in public WIFI hotspots without being observed, thanks to the re-engineered mySteganos Online Shield app for Android and iOS. Nothing is more unpleasant than worrying about other people spying on your private data behind your back when you are travelling, in a café or on the beach. Data thieves and hackers have no chance. What is private remains private, and business data remains secret.

mySteganos Online Shield VPN at a glance:
  • Multi-platform – also for the first time available for macOS
  • New Apps for iOS and Android
  • Protected VPN connection with no possibility of tracking
  • Free from country blocks
  • Modern VPN protocol (IKEv2 or OpenVPN)
  • New account system simplifies management of up to 5 devices on any platform
  • Free trial version for 7 days
mySteganos Online Shield VPN – next-generation VPN
mySteganos Online Shield VPN offers you a completely new generation of VPN solution “made in Germany”. You have your own private, anonymous connection to the Internet, encrypted with 256-bit AES, anywhere, at any time and on any operating system (Windows, macOS, Android and iOS). Newly integrated technologies, globally distributed high-performance servers and modern VPN protocols (OpenVPN and IKEv2) provide total security at high speed in any WIFI, LAN and wireless network. Virtual IP locations can be selected from an even bigger Steganos pool to circumvent country blocks and also reinforce privacy.

Five devices with one licence
A newly integrated account system simplifies multiple device management on a licence for up to five devices. As ever, your user behaviour remains anonymous and cannot be traced.

In spring, people traditionally muck out and clean their homes. This is also worthwhile on computers, so that unnecessary data ballast or software that developers no longer maintain will not become a security risk – the German Federal Office for Information Security advises. It is better to uninstall and delete Programs and files that are no longer needed. The laborious work of maintaining and optimizing your PC can be handled by Steganos Tuning PRO. This software always keeps your computer fresh, fast and clean with the latest technologies.

In a second step, all operating systems and programs should be kept updated. The passwords are also under close scrutiny. If they are not secure enough, they should be changed. Steganos Password Manager 19 even offers two-factor authentication for your keyring.

Almost as the crowning glory of digital spring cleaning, you should secure your important data. The best way is to encrypt your most important emails, TAN lists or holiday photos from last year with the push of a button on the PC, in the network or in the cloud - and repeat this regularly - with Steganos Privacy Suite 19.

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Having combined the award-winning Steganos Safe and Password Manager security programs with Trace Destructor, Berlin-based software provider Steganos has launched the new Steganos Privacy Suite 19, offering complete protection for documents, images and passwords in a single application. Sensitive data such as business reports, TAN lists and holiday photos can be easily encrypted on the PC, on the network or in the Cloud. Major innovations are two-factor authentication, conversion from hard drive partitions to safes and an enhanced privacy function that blocks ads and trackers even more thoroughly. The Steganos Safe 19 and Steganos Password Manager 19 programs for digital security are also available separately.

Innovations in Steganos Privacy Suite 19 at a glance:
  • Two-factor authentication for safes and keychains (optionally via third-party apps such as Authy or Google Authenticator)
  • Conversion from hard drive partitions to safes
  • Direct access to private favourites via the Password Manager browser plug-in for Chrome and Firefox
  • Backup wizard for Password Manager keychains
  • Enhanced privacy function blocks more ads and trackers
  • Fingerprint authentication for Password Manager Android app
  • Easy password import from Google Chrome

Steganos Privacy Suite 19

Many of the innovations and improvements have been incorporated into Steganos Privacy Suite 19, the complete data protection solution. The software - “made in Germany” - uses a digital safe and password management to offer comprehensive protection for data and private files. The clear menu guidance makes it easy for users to encrypt sensitive data on the home PC, on the network or in the Cloud at the push of a button. Automatic generation, entry and management of passwords and online accounts saves users all the effort, no matter whether they are using a computer, tablet or smartphone. In addition, all browser data and processes can be deleted with a click of the mouse. For Steganos Privacy Suite 19, data protection “made in Germany” means that no traces are left behind on devices and privacy is protected.

More information can be found at:

Steganos Password Manager 19
Passwords need to be secure, distinct, and kept protected. Furthermore, the number of passwords you need to remember is constantly increasing. Self- managing access data for every possible account is therefore no longer an option. With its highly secure encryption, Steganos Password Manager 19 provides the solution, both generating and managing strong passwords. Doing so is easy and secure. With two-factor authentication for keychains, version 19 provides even more security, optionally via third-party apps such as Authy or Google Authenticator as well. Browser plug-ins allow direct access to private favourites. If there is ever a problem with the keychain, the backup wizard provides support. Mobile access to the keychain is possible on iOS and Android devices, of course, and passwords can now be easily imported from Google Chrome.

More information can be found at:

Steganos Safe 19
With the Steganos Safe 19 digital safe, sensitive data such as documents, business files, images or TAN lists can be securely encrypted with 384 bit AES-XEX encryption and locked away on the PC, on the network and in the Cloud. A complete innovation is the two-factor authentication for safes, which can be optionally used via third-party apps such as Authy or Google Authenticator as well. Also new is the option of converting hard drive partitions into safes. The highly professional security software “made in Germany” offers a clearly-structured user interface that guarantees ease of use. In this way, Steganos guarantees the highest level of reliable protection against data espionage and hacking.

More information can be found at:

One program for five devices
The new Steganos Privacy Suite 19 includes a household licence for five simultaneously-used Windows computers, and so is a practical choice for the professional protection needed for the whole family.

Even on the internet there are national borders. Many clips on YouTube are unavailable in Germany. Even public broadcasters such as the European cultural channel Arte do not allow access to their content outside of certain countries with the reference: "This video is not available in your country".

Use a VPN
Bypass regionally blocked content with a VPN (virtual private network) and enjoy exclusive content in Germany, the US and other regions. The virtual private network transfers all network traffic in encrypted form. It is therefore also called a tunnel, which directs the data almost invisibly through the Internet to the point of departure of the VPN. This obscures your own geographic position.

Windows, Android, or iOS – with Steganos Online Shield VPN ( you surf safely und you can bypass domestic content blockages so you can stream videos while on the go. Select the destination country, then connect to it with a simple button and disconnect the connection just as easily.



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