Encrypting/securing data before backing up to the cloud

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Suggested Backup Solution

  • Boxcryptor

    Votes: 2 15.4%
  • Password Protexcted 7-zip folders

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Just upload it

    Votes: 2 15.4%
  • A security software solution (such as Kaspersky Total Security's Backups)

    Votes: 1 7.7%
  • Other (Please Specify)

    Votes: 8 61.5%
  • Physical Backup

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Try to upload a full system image to the cloud

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    13
  • Poll closed .
May 22, 2014
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Zemana
#1
What is a safe way to secure my privacy/file security when uploading it to the cloud (AWS). Box and Dropbox are used occasionally. I already tried Kaspersky's containers back when PURE 3.0 was the stable version. It ended up with throwing an error and being unable to open the encrypted container. After losing a HDD full of data recently (my stupidity for failing to frequently backup), I am looking for a viable option for daily or every 2-3 days backup solution. I have unlimited space essentially as there was a sign up promotion months ago.

I am somewhat aware of Boxcryptor (but the free version has a good bit of limitations correct?). I would use an external HDD - but seriously am unable to afford it at the moment or in the near future.

Any suggestions?

If Boxcryptor is suggested - is there a dummies guide to it?

Also, - the internal drive that failed was WD (OEM type kit from Amazon). It has a few months remaining under warranty. Would you suggest an RMA or leave it alone?
 

_CyberGhosT_

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Aug 2, 2015
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#5
*Other
Cloning is the way to go (for me).
I don't encrypt because I have no chance of the drive being leaked or hacked. I store it myself in a fire resistant safe. If I were utilizing the cloud for Drive backups, 100% encrypt before hand.
I don't have the multitude of upload/download issues that can make cloud backups a hassle, service failier due to routers, modems, cables, weather, ect.
Then you have to worry about access or forgetting passwords, encryption working or not working properly. I could go on and on.
With cloning I have control over the data, no having my data stolen, leaked or lost. I clone on Sundays, I can access my data at any given time with no worries.
I am back up in an instant if I suffer an attack or HD burnout
I like keeping things secure, but simple.
PeAcE
 
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Der.Reisende

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Dec 27, 2014
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Quick Heal
#6
*Other
Cloning is the way to go (for me).
I don't encrypt because I have no chance of the drive being leaked or hacked. I store it myself in a fire resistant safe. If I were utilizing the cloud for Drive backups, 100% encrypt before hand.
I don't have the multitude of upload/download issues that can make cloud backups a hassle, service failier due to routers, modems, cables, weather, ect.
Then you have to worry about access or forgetting passwords, encryption working or not working properly. I could go on and on.
With cloning I have control over the data, no having my data stolen, leaked or lost. I clone on Sundays, I can access my data at any given time with no worries.
I am back up in an instant if I suffer an attack or HD burnout
I like keeping things secure, but simple.
PeAcE
+1

Manual backup once in a month at least, on two eHDDs (non-encrypted), once folder structure is set up, it's pretty easy to drag and drop files to them, with Windows (10 for me) asking to overwrite / skip existing files to prevent duplicates.
Using OneDrive seldom, for quick moving files from laptop and main PC (always searching for my USB stick :D).
 

Jrs30

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Feb 4, 2016
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ESET
#8
My vote was for third option! For I do not use any! I send my file without encrypting because I can access anywhere without problems, have no important file in the cloud (using Google Drive), my password is strong, two-step verification! most important documents not are sent to the cloud! I have many passwords, do not send any to cloud, I'm not in any corner (only in my mind), send, photos, videos, music, documents ... I am confident in the security of Google services, and also because I like to access my files anywhere (with my device and a secure network)
 

BoraMurdar

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Aug 30, 2012
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#9
Although I upload my important stuff to MEGA, with end-to-end encryption, I like to encrypt some most important ones offline using AESCrypt and then upload them to cloud
 
May 22, 2014
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Zemana
#12
*Other
Cloning is the way to go (for me).
I don't encrypt because I have no chance of the drive being leaked or hacked. I store it myself in a fire resistant safe. If I were utilizing the cloud for Drive backups, 100% encrypt before hand.
I don't have the multitude of upload/download issues that can make cloud backups a hassle, service failier due to routers, modems, cables, weather, ect.
Then you have to worry about access or forgetting passwords, encryption working or not working properly. I could go on and on.
With cloning I have control over the data, no having my data stolen, leaked or lost. I clone on Sundays, I can access my data at any given time with no worries.
I am back up in an instant if I suffer an attack or HD burnout
I like keeping things secure, but simple.
PeAcE

IMHO, this is an ideal option - and until recently a good bit or organizations used "tapes" for backups - every day. Deleted a file- know the date? We can research it and may can retrieve it manually from the physical media. I am just pretty limited on the funding - especially right now. Once the basics are taken care of- then I may get some discretionary spending.

I agree. WIth over 200+ million email account passwords stolen recently - I really don't know about using the cloud especially for FDE/cloning without encryption. It would also be nice to have a "nightly backup" using a desktop client in the background that backed up new or changed files, and automatically encrypted them. I have the cloud storage space already. Can't purchase the physical media at the moment.
 
Jul 28, 2014
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#14
No encryption because important files are in a hard drive and not in the cloud. To be the cloud is for ease of having files and folders throughout all my devices and I feel that adding encryption to the files would make them less accessible to myself.
 
Aug 7, 2017
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#17
Pretty old thread. But thought of adding my tuppence here.

I have begun to appreciate Duplicati as my cloud backup software. It is open source and works pretty well. It does have some bumps every now and then (it's a beta) but nothing that cannot be resolved. I use it encrypt and backup my core data to Amazon Drive, Mega, PCloud, Google Drive and OneDrive
 
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