The great thing about putting files in the cloud is that they are easy to share. The downside is that others might get access to data you want to keep private. The recent news about the PRISM program and the NSA having access to online data has made online encryption an essential feature.
Syncdocs securely encrypts your files before uploading them to Google Drive. This means that no unencrypted data ever leaves your computer. Your files are securely encrypted, and only you have the key.
If you do want to share files, you can easily share encrypted files with others provided they have the password, which you can revoke at any time. You can also partition your folders into secure, private and public sections, with different encryption settings on each.
How to encrypt files on Google Drive
1. If you haven’t already, install the free version of Syncdocs.
2. In Explorer, right click on the file or folder to encrypt, and select the option “Encrypt to Google Drive”
3. If this is the first time you’ve encrypted with Syncdocs you’ll be asked to enter a password.
4. That’s it – you’re done. All files in these folders will be encrypted online with secure AES256 encryption, and only available on your PC.
If you look at encrypted folder on your PC it will have a lock icon.
while online, all your files in this folder will have “g_encrypt…” appended to their name.
Syncdocs encryption is transparent, once set up, your files are automatically encrypted online, and decrypted on your PC.
You can securely share the contents to anyone you wish to authorize, and if they have Syncdocs and they will automatically get the files, otherwise we also have a free stand-alone decryption app.
More on securing Google Drive with encryption:
- There’s more detailed information on the encryption settings
- Information on secure sharing and syncing many PC’s
- How to encrypt many existing synced folders at once
- Google Drive Encryption FAQ for common questions and answers
- Best practices on keeping your Google account secure.