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Announcing Budget Zen 2.0 - End-to-end encrypted

Now even more private, and easier to use.

January, 2022

tl;dr; You can check out and sign up for the 30-day free trial at the PWA/web app.

For a few months now I had been investigating implementing end-to-end encryption to Budget Zen and Loggit, potentially using libsodium and eventually I found Etebase. Unfortunately, while it was easy to implement, it was too slow to load a few hundreds of rows of data, and deleting data wasn't really deleted, so the slowness just kept pilling up. After that, I discovered Userbase which uses a custom implementation of some crypto algorithms, and that was even easier to apply to Budget Zen, and was blazing fast with thousands of rows of data. After a few days experimenting with it, I felt comfortable this was the library to move forward with.

So, there you have it. Budget Zen 2.0 is end-to-end encrypted, and it costs €2 / month or €18 / year after a 30-day free trial (no credit card required). You can sign up for it at app.budgetzen.net.

I also decided to promote the previous web app to the "single" app, after a few improvements, since it works very well on mobile, as well as desktop (and there are many ways for users to "convert" web apps to native apps anyway). That means the previous desktop and mobile apps are now archived, and the previous web app is deployed to v1.budgetzen.net. All the source code is still available in GitHub and anyone can build their own versions from it.

Go check it out. I hope it's valuable to you.

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