SecretSync encrypts your files BEFORE they sync with Dropbox

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  1. dragonbite

    dragonbite Well-Known Member

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    Using the cloud is great, but still brings in the question of security. Even sites such as Dropbox for storing your files can be questionable. While they do encrypt your files on their servers, they hold onto the encryption keys and can open it to the Government if asked "nicely". SecretSync takes care of this by encrypting your data before it is synchronized with Dropbox.

    From the SecretSync's website, they describe how it works as
    SecretSync is a Java application that is currently available for Windows and is slated to come out for OS X and Linux soon.

    Additional article : Sync Encrypted Files with Dropbox and SecretSync
     
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    Re: SecretSync encrypts your files BEFORE they sync with Dro

    Another option, Wuala is a cloud based service that automatically encrypts data before it is uploaded to the web....

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  3. dragonbite

    dragonbite Well-Known Member

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    Re: SecretSync encrypts your files BEFORE they sync with Dro

    Looks very interesting, and it's cross platform too! Ok, you got me also on seeing it based on open source technology.

    I wonder, though, is how can the files be collaborative and shared without giving access to the entire decrpytion key? Somehow the files have to be decrypted whether by the company on the fly, or the people granted access.

    Do you have it installed? How well does it work?
     
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    This looks like an interesting solution: Boxcryptor

    Using TrueCrypt, it does not upload the changed file until the entire drive is unmounted which is one of the down-sides since Dropbox's instant sync feature makes your files backed-up and available immediately.

    Boxcryptor allows each file to be encrypted individually AND instead of accessing a particular folder, you mount the drive (like the Z: ) and add/remove files through that!

    Looks interesting enough to try. So far sounds like the best

    There was mention somewhere that SecretSync is not as secure as one would hope, that the key still has to be stored in the publicly available Dropbox or something.
     

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