If you’re thinking about starting to use Dropbox, but don’t trust its security too much, you’re probably wondering if your files can be encrypted. The answer is yes. Dropbox already encrypts them by default, but if you want to add an extra layer of security, there are several tools that allow you to do so. So you can sleep easier knowing that your files are in the cloud but that they are very safe. In this article, we tell you how to encrypt files in Dropbox.
Steps to follow:
To encrypt files on Dropbox, one of the best tools is Boxcryptor. Go to www.boxcryptor.com and click on “Download Boxcryptor now”.
On the next screen, you will have different download options by the operating system. Click on the one that corresponds and accept the download. If it’s Windows 8, Mac OS X, or Linux, you’ll go to another screen first. Scroll until you find the green download buttons and click on the one that corresponds to your operating system. Accept the download.
Double-click on the file you just downloaded and open the installer. Follow the download instructions (they vary by operating system).
Find the Boxcryptor (or Boxcryptor Classic) app you just installed and open it. A window will appear with two options. Check “Create a new Boxryptor Classic folder and click “Next”.
On the next screen, under “Folder Location” open the dropdown menu and select “Dropbox.” Click on “Next”.
Enter a very strong password (and write it down to remember it), type it again in “Verify” and click “Finish”.
Close the final “Congratulations” window confirming that you have installed Boxcryptor. Check that a box called Boxcryptor has appeared inside the Dropbox folder. In addition, there is a new volume or drive on the system, also called that.
Anytime you want to encrypt a file in Dropbox, just drag it to the Boxcryptor volume or drive. These will automatically be added to the encrypted folder you now have in Dropbox. You can access and modify them from the volume as well.