If recent cloud storage breaches have you wondering if the web can be trusted with your files a new service launched Tuesday called FileLocker, that provides encrypted cloud storage, may give you new faith.
FileLocker, a folder sync and collaboration service, claims to provide end-to-end military-level encryption of files stored on its servers. That means that data is encrypted at its source (on your desktop), in transit (256-bit SSL), and in the cloud. Typically, web storage services offered to consumers don’t encrypt data at all three of those stages.
Although primarily targeted at small and home businesses, the service, which offers 25GB of free online storage for up to five users, can be a good deal for consumers, too.
Paid accounts start at $5-per-user a month, with unlimited storage space for a minimum of 5 users and maximum of 10. Accounts include an app for the desktop and for mobile devices running iOS or Android, as well as administrative and reporting tools.
According to the company, files are protected before leaving a device with a personal passphrase known only to you. You can designate a folder and just drag-and-drop files where they’re sent to the cloud using a 256-bit SSL connection, encrypted again and stored in the FileLocker cloud.
The service should be particularly attractive to collaborators because all versions of files are kept for an unlimited amount of time. FileLocker, brought to you by the makers of SOS Online Backup, allows you to designate any folder on a PC as synced folder. Simply drag-and-drop files you want to share or store online.
Crowded Cloud Storage Space
With so many clouds storage services popping up on an almost daily basis, consumers may be reluctant to subscribe to yet another one — even one that offers end-to-end encryption. Those consumers might be interested in Ensafer, now in public beta
Unlike FileLocker, Ensafer is designed to work with existing popular storage services, such as Dropbox, iCloud and Google Drive. It, too, encrypts files locally on a consumer’s device and can only be decrypted there.
Of course, if you’re a hands-on type person you can encrypt your files manually before sending them to the cloud with a program like BoxCryptor or TrueCrypt.
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John Mello writes on technology and cyber security for a number of online publications and is former managing editor of the Boston Business Journal and Boston Phoenix. Disclosure: He also writes for Hewlett-Packad's marketing website TechBeacon.
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