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Loaded and locked: 3 seriously secure cloud storage services

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | March 7, 2014
For the truly paranoid, storage that's encrypted from start to finish and ... Loaded and locked: 3 seriously secure cloud storage services.

Tresorit's main difference from Wuala, and other mainstream cloud storage services, is the ability to turn any folder on your device into a secure "tresor." What this means is that you do not have to drag and drop files into a special sync folder. Instead, you can simply right-click on an existing folder and "tresor it." This is especially convenient if you're digitally organized and you'd prefer not to rearrange your files into one sync-able folder.

Tresor offers 5GB of space for free. An additional 100GB will cost you 5 euros, or just under $7, per month.

McAfee Personal Locker

Price: 1GB free with a subscription to McAfee LiveSafe
Platforms: Windows 8, iOS, Android

McAfee's Personal Locker is a cloud storage vault that you manage via your smartphone or Windows 8 device. It can store up to 1GB of data, which you can access from anywhere—but only after you've jumped through a series of security hoops.

The app requires voice recognition, biometric data (facial recognition), and a PIN to verify your identity before giving you access to your files. Every. Single. Time. You can choose to set certain files as low priority (you'll only have to enter a PIN to access them), but where's the fun in that?

While definitely not the sort of service you want to use for everyday cloud storage, Personal Locker would work well for sensitive documents that you may need to access from anywhere, such as legal documents, medical records, or copies of your passport or birth certificate. Personal Locker is free with a subscription to McAfee LiveSafe, which costs $80 per year.

Encrypt files locally
Switching to a different cloud storage provider can be frustrating, time-consuming, and potentially a bad financial decision especially when providers such as Copy offer 20GB of free storage right off the bat. If you'd rather not start from scratch, you can still use client-side encryption to keep your files safe and secure, while continuing to use your insecure, mainstream cloud storage provider. Free applications such as TrueCrypt, for instance, will let you encrypt your files inside your Dropbox folder. You'll need TrueCrypt installed on any device you want to access the files from, too. For more tips on encrypting your files, check out our guide on how to encrypt (almost) anything.


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