I'm trying out Syncdocs to see if it fits my needs for backing up a selected set of files on Google Drive, some of which need to be encrypted. The "Google Drive Encryption" article states "...your files are automatically encrypted online, and decrypted on your PC." I have no problem getting selected folders to be put on Google Drive with the files they contain encrypted. But getting a file back out of Google Drive to my PC is an issue. I don't want to decrypt the whole folder and leave it exposed on Google Drive. I understand from the FAQ that I can move an encrypted file from Google Drive to my PC, then use the standalone utility GCryptAES to decrypt that one file to view or use it. Is that the best/only way to get access to a file encrypted with Syncdocs?
Decrypting Selected Files(3 posts) (3 voices)
When you select a folder to be encrypted with Syncdocs:
- It is encrypted and uploaded to Google Drive with AES256 encryption
- It is encrypted locally using the NTFS file system encryption. This is transparent to you, the logged in user. The files will appear as unencrypted to you once you are logged in. You do not need to decrypt them manually on your local PC. This is done automatically.
If you have selected it, the files will be shared and automatically decrypted on other PC's with Syncdocs running.
Note that you can turn off the NTFS local file encryption if you don't want it. If you do use it, it is a good idea to backup your Windows system keys, as outlined in the Syncdocs Google Drive Encryption FAQ
The local encrypting option is also a nice way to protect removable drive data!
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