Generating Installation Keys

Contents

Introduction

Generating a New Key

Generating a New Key Manually

Locating your Installation Key

 

Introduction

When signing up to OverOps you are automatically issued an installation key. OverOps uses a private 256 bit AES encryption scheme to protect and ensure the privacy of any data (both source code and variable state) collected on your machine. The key is shown in the Installation Keys dialog box, displayed after creating your account and is also emailed to you. Save this key, you will need it for the installation process, and may be asked to enter it when logging into OverOps.

This initial installation key is stored on the OverOps servers for the sake to simplify the process of trialing the product and sharing the Dashboard with team members. If you don’t want your key to be saved, you can generate a new Installation key privately and set it not to be saved.

Note: If using an installation key that you don’t store on OverOps servers and you wish to share OverOps with any team members, you will need to send them the key manually.

Generating a New Key

To generate a new key in addition to the one automatically assigned to you at signup:

  1. Click the drop-down Key List at the top left corner of the OverOps Dashboard, and select Installation Keys.


  2. From the Installation Keys dialog box, click Add a Secret Key and then Generate a new key.


  3. From the Generate a New Key dialog box, name the key and click OK.
    To prevent OverOps from saving the key, uncheck the checkbox. Storing the installation key on the OverOps servers to simplify the process of trialing the product and sharing the Dashboard with team members.
    Note: If unchecked, OverOps is unable to retrieve this key in case it is lost.

  4. Click OK.
    The Install OverOps dialog box opens.


  5. Using the new installation key, continue to Installing OverOps according to your system.

Note: When a team member generates a new installation key, the owner of the original key remains the owner of the new key and the generating member is the admin of the new key. The owner is notified of the new key.

Editing the Key Name

Admin users can change the names of their Installation Keys.

To rename an Installation Key:

  • From the Installation Keys, click on the key name and edit it as required.

Note: If the new name is identical to an existing key in the service, a suffix is added to the new key name.

Generating a New Key Manually

You can also generate your key privately to ensure that no one outside your team can decrypt your data. Key generation is carried out using the open-source Key generator utility available here.

Note: Privately generated keys can not be retrieved by OverOps.

Once you’ve generated your new key, use it to install OverOps on your servers.

 

Locating your Installation Key

If you lose or forget your Installation key, it can be retrieved it through either of the following methods:

  1. Search for the key in your Inbox. The key which was generated for you when you signed up was emailed to you from hello@overops.com or hello@takipi.com.
  2. When you install OverOps on a machine, the key is stored in the secret.key file located in
    • Windows: C:\Takipi\work\secret.key
    • Mac: /Library/Takipi/work/secret.key
    • Linux: /opt/takipi/work/secret.key

You can also generate a new key. However, data which was collected and encrypted using your previous key will no longer be available to you.

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