Encrypt Dropbox Folders (or any Folder in Windows) Using BoxCryptor

Encrypt Dropbox Folders (or any Folder in Windows) Using BoxCryptor

Security of personal data is a prime concern for every computer user. We have already discussed various methods to encrypt files, bookmarks, emails, and other data on personal computers. However, with the rise of cloud storage services like Dropbox, it’s important to secure data stored on these platforms as well.

Although cloud storage services are generally safe, there have been incidents of hacking and data compromise due to security vulnerabilities. In this article, we will explore how to easily encrypt data stored on a Dropbox account to provide additional protection.

To encrypt our files in Dropbox, we will use a tool called BoxCryptor. Let’s get started!

Setting up BoxCryptor

Before we begin encrypting files, we need to set up BoxCryptor.

Step 1: Download and install BoxCryptor on your computer. The installation is simple and quick.

Step 2: Launch BoxCryptor after installation. If Dropbox is installed, the tool will automatically detect it and create a folder named BoxCryptor inside. It also creates a virtual drive in your system, so you will need to specify a drive letter.

Encrypt Dropbox Folders (or any Folder in Windows) Using BoxCryptor

Step 3:

In the next step, provide a password for encrypting and decrypting data. Click OK to finish the setup.

Encrypt Dropbox Folders (or any Folder in Windows) Using BoxCryptor

Encrypting the files

Encrypting files with BoxCryptor is easy. Just copy the files you want to encrypt to the newly created drive. The encryption happens in real time, so you won’t see a progress bar.

Encrypt Dropbox Folders (or any Folder in Windows) Using BoxCryptor

Once you’ve copied all the files to the drive, exit BoxCrypt using the program icon in the taskbar, which will encrypt your data.

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Encrypt Dropbox Folders (or any Folder in Windows) Using BoxCryptor

Inside the folders created by BoxCryptor during installation, you will find randomly named files. These are the encrypted files.

Encrypt Dropbox Folders (or any Folder in Windows) Using BoxCryptor

Run the program again and enter your password. The virtual drive will then open automatically, decrypting all your files in real time.

Never use the “Remember Password” option in the application as it may compromise your data.

After installing the application, there will be an XML file in the created folder. Do not delete this file.

BoxCryptor can detect your Dropbox folder by default, but you can change the settings to use it with any folder.

The free version of the application has a 2GB limit. Purchase the application for unlimited access.

The application impressed me with its real-time encryption. Unlike other software, there is no need to wait for hours or minutes to encrypt or decrypt files. If you are looking for an easy way to encrypt data on the cloud or locally, BoxCryptor is a good choice. If you know of any other similar tools, please let us know in the comments.

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