Virtual user disks look like any other local disks (for example, O: or M: etc.). At the same time, they are actually files stored on the user's hard drive.
You can create files and folders or install applications on the virtual disk as well as manage them using Windows. When data are saved to the virtual disk and when they are read from it, they are encrypted and decrypted on-the-fly (i.e. the user does not have to enter any special command because this takes place automatically). PRIVACY enables the user to work with such files. The user can select the size, file system and name for the virtual disk.
If SHIPKA has not been plugged in the computer (or if it has been plugged in but the Mount a virtual disk option in the PRIVACY interface is not flagged), the virtual drive is not just displayed in the drive list, and it is impossible to read the file in the folder (selected by the user when creating the virtual disk) in any way.
As we have mentioned above, when you use PRIVACY all data processing procedures take place within SHIPKA PCDST, and any information about the user's keys including other users' public keys is stored in the memory of the device. This is reliable and convenient because you do not need any additional carriers. At the same time, no one can use PRIVACY in your name when your SHIPKA is not plugged in even though the software is still installed on the computer when SHIPKA is unplugged from the USB port. PRIVACY is not for the whole family.
The "single window" interface of PRIVACY (which is quite relevant nowadays) makes it much easier to use SHIPKA PCDST, which in its turn makes it accessible even to inexperienced users.