Se­cure your cloud back­ups

If you back up data to the cloud, you may be con­cerned about its se­cu­rity.

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All cloud providers prom­ise to en­crypt your data for pri­vacy pur­poses, but what kind of en­cryp­tion is pro­vided, and where are the keys re­quired to de­crypt your data stored? If you’re at all para­noid, you will want those keys kept in your per­sonal pos­ses­sion, a tech­nique which is known as client-side en­cryp­tion. Sadly, not many cloud backup providers of­fer this — nei­ther Drop­box nor OneDrive do, for ex­am­ple.

If this is a con­cern, you can en­crypt your data lo­cally be­fore up­load­ing it to the cloud — if you’re al­ready us­ing Ver­aCrypt, for ex­am­ple, you could sim­ply cre­ate an en­crypted vol­ume in­side your cloud folder and store all sen­si­tive data in there. On the other hand, if you pri­mar­ily use your cloud provider for sync­ing data be­tween your var­i­ous de­vices, you’ll need to choose a so­lu­tion that en­ables you to ac­cess your data on whichever plat­forms you need.

There are a num­ber of op­tions out there, but one that’s un­lim­ited and free for per­sonal use is nCrypted Cloud ( www.en­crypt­ed­ win­dows). Once in­stalled, set up your free nCrypted Cloud ac­count, then con­nect cloud providers (Drop­box, OneDrive, Box and Google Drive are all sup­ported) and fi­nally choose the fold­ers that you want to en­crypt. If you want ac­cess from other com­put­ers or mo­bile de­vices (Mac, iOS and An­droid are also sup­ported), then sim­ply in­stall the rel­e­vant app or pro­gram, link it to your nCrypted Cloud ac­count and you’re done.

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