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Cloud storage providers usually secure their servers with their own security methods. But that doesn't mean they're 100% safe. If you have company data or private content in Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive or stored in another cloud gives you Boxcryptor more safety. But thanks to encryption, Boxcryptor can also contribute to more data security on local hard drives, on a USB stick or in the NAS. The whole thing works under macOS on the Apple Mac as well as on Windows PC or on iOS and Android devices. Everything you need to know, the compatibilities and the prices can be found below.
Boxcryptor - encrypt cloud storage yourself
Boxcryptor offers end-to-end encryption that can be used for local storage, NAS systems and various cloud providers (see list below). The encryption is "Made in Germany" because both the company and the servers are located in Germany. In addition, the security of the Boxcryptor service was and is confirmed by the security audit by Kudelski Security. If you want to be completely on the safe side, use two-factor authentication (2FA) when using Boxcryptor. So only you can access your data after a corresponding query.
This is how the encryption of files and folders works
With Boxcryptor, files and folders are secured to the local device using 256-bit AES encryption before they are uploaded. The upload is only implemented after this backup, so that the selected cloud storage device only has the material in encrypted form. In order to decrypt the files and folders and thus release them for viewing, editing or output, the respective software key is required. As a private person, you naturally have this directly on your device with Boxcryptor. In companies, an administrator can issue access rights and expand or restrict them in groups.
Why I recommend the paid version
As you can see in the video above, there is also a free version of the encryption service. However, this only covers one cloud provider on up to two devices. If you want to access the data with the iPad in addition to the Mac and iPhone or save something encrypted online, this is not possible for free. In addition, you can only use iCloud or Dropbox or one of the other storage devices. There are no such restrictions in the paid package. In the following table you will find an overview of all the features of the individual packages.
|Only 1 cloud storage supported||Unlimited cloud storage||All functions of the "Personal" package|
|Use only 2 devices with one account||Use an unlimited number of devices with one account||For professional and corporate use|
|Community support||Support via email||Support requests have higher priority|
|For private use only||For private use only|
|Integration of Whisply||Integration of Whisply with additional functions||Whisply integration for business use|
|Encryption of file names possible|
|Price: € 0||Price (1 year): 36 €||Price (1 year): 72 €|
|Price (3 years): 81 €||Price (3 years): 162 €|
Buy and use Boxcryptor software online
There is the option of booking both the personal and the business offer for one year or three years each. In the end, the price also depends on this. In the following I have listed an overview of the individual offers and prices for Boxcryptor. The links in the list will take you directly to the offer page:
- Personnel offer for 1 year: 36,00 EUR for 12 months
- Personnel offer for 3 years: 81,00 EUR for 36 months
- Business offer for 1 year: 72,00 EUR for 12 months
- Business offer for 3 years: 162,00 EUR for 36 months
Boxcryptor is compatible with these clouds
Here is a list of the online storage devices with which the Boxcryptor developers ensure compatibility (as of July 29, 2020). There is sure to be one or more providers that you use:
- iCloud Drive
- Google Drive
- OneDrive for Business
- Telekom MagentaCLOUD
- Strato HiDrive
- SharePoint Online
- Amazon S3
- Spider Oak One
- Mailbox.org Drive
- Mail.ru hotbox
Conclusion on the encryption of files in the online storage
If you load data into the cloud - whether iCloud, Dropbox or another provider - you might want to do it in encrypted folders. The Boxcryptor software gives you the opportunity to save your data more securely and protect it against hacks or other attacks. For this purpose, the data is encrypted before being uploaded to the cloud and only then uploaded to a server for storage. The software works on the Apple Mac and on iOS or iPadOS devices as well as on the Windows PC or Android devices. So you can use cross-platform encrypted data from the cloud from Mac, iPhone, iPad and Co. A recommendable thing if you want more security.
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