Best Cloud Encryption Software

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by RandyJS, Apr 30, 2016.

  1. RandyJS macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2005
    Looking for recommendations for the easiest to use and very secure encryption solution for syncing files to DropBox.

    Viivo was recommended to me, but I thought I would throw this out to all of the pro's here in this forum!

    Looking forward to the pros/cons and some recommendations, thanks!
  2. BenTrovato macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2012
  3. Cubytus macrumors 65816

    Mar 2, 2007
    You could put your documents in a TrueCrypt container. Its namesake has been retired for unexplained reasons, but since the project was open source, an updated version is available under the name of VeraCrypt.

    If Dropbox compatibility isn't mandatory, you could ditch it altogether and instead prefer SpiderOak or iDrive. While designed primarily for backups, both offer a sync function as well, and their free account give as much space as Dropbox. I use both, both had serious issues at a time, now solved, so there's no clear winner.

    But while TrueCrype was proven "not insecure" by Bruce Schneier a few yers ago, it isn't that great in the context of cloud syncing as you need to close the container before syncing. CloudMask requires that you verify your identity through… Google. Why ? I don't know, I haven't read their ToS. Too bad if you don't have a big G account.

    Viivo states it "doesn't break the way cloud storage providers work" (whatever that means, but I doubt it in the case of Dropbox, since this provider does save on disk space thanks to deduplication, i.e. compare files you send to files from other users so as to keep only one copy - they have access to your data by design.), but their Mac client requires Mac OS X 10.7 Lion at a minimum. You may want to keep that in mind if you held onto Snow Leopard for different reasons (Compatibility with PowerPC applications, better support for CUPS-shared printers, more elegant GUI, nimbleness, you name it.)

    As with any software you don't have control or oversight over and especially with security software originating from non-privacy-respecting countries (US, Canada, France, probably others as well), make an effort to read the ToS. If dealing with data that must be kept private as part of a business, the better if you can have an attorney take a look at them.
  4. Rigby, Apr 30, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2016

    Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    Check out Cryptomator. It's open source, so the algorithms and security architecture it uses are open to peer review. Some UI aspects of it are still a bit rough around the edges (the biggest annoyance for me is that there is currently no way to save the master password, so it needs to be entered on startup every time), but it's perfectly usable and the security looks sound.
  5. Rendergroup macrumors member


    Dec 13, 2009
    Perú (South America)
    I use Boxcryptor from long time ago and I'm very satisfied
  6. RandyJS thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2005
    Thanks for the recommendations. I am piloting VIIVO and find that it meets my needs for the moment. I was able to easily setup the encryption to work with my DROPBOX account and was able to invite my business partner to share encrypted files.

    This seems like it works pretty seamlessly - do some of these other tools allow shared functionality like VIIVO?

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