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Postby Brian Hunter » Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:58 pm

I am starting to look into encrypting the files I have on cloud storage, such as dropbox. I don't make extensive use of these services, but I would like to have my files secured for peice of mind. I use TrueCrypt on my work PC (windows 7), making an encrypted container for my personal files, but this isn't ideal for a service like Dropbox. What I would like is the ability to encrypt individual files, then upload them to dropbox in their encrypted state. Cross platform would be a big bonus.

Any pointers on where to start looking? Does anyone else encrypt files?
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Postby nelz » Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:46 am

Yes, but I tend to use encrypted filesystems or containers as it's more transparent than encrypting each and every file. What's the problem with Truecrypt and Dropbox (I haven't tried that combination myself)?
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Postby Brian Hunter » Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:48 am

I use the webclient for it, so I would have to upload and download the entire container whenever I wanted to get to a single file. So I would essentially be downloading/uploading every file when I only want one.

Unless I made a seperate container for every file...
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Postby nelz » Sun Jul 03, 2011 2:33 pm

That makes sense. What about using GPG?
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Postby Brian Hunter » Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:30 am

nelz wrote:That makes sense. What about using GPG?


I had a quick look at it, but it looked like it was just for encrypting email. Can it be used for files as well?
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Postby nelz » Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:36 am

Yes, I use it for that myself.
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Postby Brian Hunter » Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:59 pm

Cheers, I'll look into it then. Never used it before so I'll have a sniff about Google. Thanks for you help.
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Postby Brian Hunter » Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:11 pm

Well that was easy...

I'm going to have fun encrypting all my files and then forgetting the passwords! ;)

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Postby sledgehammer » Sat Jul 16, 2011 9:41 am

Have you tried EncFS? http://www.arg0.net/encfs

I use this for backup on Dropbox and Wuala and I have been using it successfully for the last couple of years. It also works on MAC OS X and there has been a recent windows port.

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Postby John Stella » Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:45 pm

nelz wrote:That makes sense. What about using GPG?


Thats the first thing that came to my mind as well.
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