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Dec 27, 2022

Boxcryptor Shuts Down – Here is Your Cloud Encryption Alternative

NOTE: This article is not about any of the “normal” topics of this newsletter: genealogy, history, current affairs, DNA, and related topics. However, I believe that all computer users should be aware of the need for encryption when uploading information to cloud-based file storage services.

Cryptomator is a FREE and open-source product that will encrypt data inside your own computer before uploading it to a cloud-based file storage service of your choice.

Dropbox has acquired Boxcryptor’s key technology. This means that Boxcryptor’s services will no longer be available to new users and existing users will likely have to migrate when their contracts expire.

 Cryptomator is is a FREE and and open-source alternative that can be used without an account. Just download and get started.

If you’re looking for a replacement, this is a great candidate for your consideration.

Features of Cryptomator

Encryption of all major cloud providers (no restriction on Desktop app; mobile apps compatible with Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, pCloud, iCloud Drive on iOS, and any cloud via WebDAV and S3)

Available on Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android

Both for personal use and for businesses: Cryptomator Hub

End-to-end and zero-knowledge encryption

Free Desktop app, one-time purchase (€15) for the mobile app, no subscription

Maximum transparency through open-source software

Unlimited number of devices

Password recovery through offline key recovery

Software “Made in Germany”

How to Easily Set Up Cryptomator

Download and install Cryptomator.

Once Cryptomator is installed, you can create a new vault.

Give your vault a name.

Now select a cloud storage of your choice as the storage location of your vault.

Enter a password.

And you have successfully created your first vault.

If you want, you can unlock it immediately and reveal the virtual drive. From now on, you can store your sensitive files here, e.g., the data that you previously encrypted with Boxcryptor, in order to encrypt them in the cloud with Cryptomator from now on. Detailed instructions are available here.

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