Tighten file se­cu­rity in the cloud

Pre­vent unau­tho­rised ac­cess with a sec­ondary layer of en­cryp­tion

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Add a sec­ondary layer of en­cryp­tion and pre­vent unau­tho­rised ac­cess to cloud-hosted files

Just how se­cure is your data in the cloud? Ser­vices like Drop­box, Google Drive and OneDrive en­crypt your files, but the all-im­por­tant key that’s used to de­crypt those files is stored on­line, out of your con­trol. With on­line se­cu­rity breaches on the in­crease, can you trust your cloud stor­age provider to keep your most sen­si­tive files pri­vate?

Vi­ivo is one of a grow­ing num­ber of tools that pro­vide greater pro­tec­tion for your data by adding a sec­ond level of en­cryp­tion to your files while keep­ing the de­cryp­tion key firmly in your pos­ses­sion, stored lo­cally on your Mac. Even if your cloud stor­age is com­pro­mised, any files on it that you’ve en­crypted us­ing Vi­ivo re­main pro­tected.

Vi­ivo’s free, non-com­mer­cial version cov­ers most peo­ple’s needs. With it, you can cre­ate up to five fold­ers called ‘lock­ers’, in­side which all files are au­to­mat­i­cally en­crypted. You can also en­crypt in­di­vid­ual files on the fly us­ing Vi­ivo’s Drop Zone, and ac­cess your files on other de­vices too, in­clud­ing your iPhone and iPad. The Pro version (£4.19 per month) gives you un­lim­ited lock­ers and lets you en­crypt files on your iPad and iPhone too, but here we’ll fo­cus ex­clu­sively on the free version. Nick Peers

With on­line se­cu­rity breaches on the rise, can you trust your cloud stor­age will re­main pri­vate?

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