Boxcryptor - encrypting files in the cloud made easy

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.

With Boxcryptor you can encrypt files and folders in the cloud. For this purpose, the data is protected locally using 256-bit AES encryption and only then is the upload started.
With Boxcryptor you can encrypt files and folders in the cloud. For this purpose, the data is protected locally using 256-bit AES encryption and only then is the upload started.

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.

Free Our Team Business
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:

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
  • dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • OneDrive
  • OneDrive for Business
  • Telekom MagentaCLOUD
  • GMX
  • Strato HiDrive
  • Box
  • SharePoint Online
  • egnytes
  • ownCloud
  • Amazon S3
  • Spider Oak One
  • CloudMe
  • cloudwatt
  • HubiC
  • SugarSync
  • Drive
  • Yandex.Disk
  • hotbox
  • Nextcloud
  • Leitz Cloud
  • Storegate
  • Nutstore
  • livedrive
  • Dracoon

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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4 Responses to “Boxcryptor – Encrypting files in the cloud made easy”

  1. I came across Tresorit by chance. For € 100 a year 500 GB of storage. Fully encrypted, certified according to HIPAA and with versioning. Before that I was at MEGA, but Tresorit is much more comfortable and better developed.

    You may already know, though, because Apple has integrated its ZeroKit into CareKit. ;-)

    In any case, I find it much more user-friendly than a separately subscribed layer for any other clouds.

    Incidentally, since the new law on issuing passwords and the planned identification requirement with regard to IT, “Made in Germany” has been what it was in the beginning: A warning not to use any products from Germany.

    1. Hello Con2epa! Somehow the comment sounds like an advertisement. The fact that you speak of "Made in Germany", although Tresorit is clearly a Swiss company with Swiss hosting, makes the whole post here a bit "suspicious". If it isn't, sorry for my comment, but just wanted to point it out in case other readers decide to jump to Tresorit now. ;-)

  2. I'm currently trying out Boxcryptor with OneDrive. That works wonderfully. But the following irritates me: In the settings in Boxcryptor under storage locations, OneDrive is displayed with a check mark. Next to it there is a “Connect” button. What is it for, because Boxcryptor is connected to OneDrive, otherwise the whole thing wouldn't work. Do you have an idea?

    Thanks Michael

    1. Hi Michael! Sorry, I don't know either. But it's better to have one function too many than one too little. : D

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