Android App Review: Boxcryptor

Now that we know the NSA is spying on and recording our communications, it’s more important than ever to be vigilant about protecting your client’s information. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. For email, there are still a number of problems, but for cloud storage services, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, and Box, the solution is here.

Introducing Boxcryptor

Boxcryptor provides 256-AES file encryption among Android devices and desktop computers.

For a more in-depth treatment of how the program works, check out this video:

Setting up the program is just as simple: enter a user name and password, and you’ll connect to the Boxcryptor database.

Boxcryptor Login
Click each image to see a larger version.

Of course, you can avoid using Boxcryptor’s servers by using a local system management, but there are some restrictions with local encryption, and you’ll have to manage your encryption keys.

Once you’re logged in, you can add a cloud provider and start encrypting documents.

Boxcryptor Providers

Boxcrytor Interface

For attorneys using Dropbox or other cloud services, Boxcryptor will give some piece-of-mind to protecting client files.

Boxcryptor solves one of my main problems with encryption services, which is cross-platform access to the files, not to mention actually being able to access the files and view the file post-encryption.

Boxcryptor also offers shared file encryption. This feature allows you to share your encrypted files with others, making it easy to keep secure files secure.

On unencrypted devices, the files are not recognized, so you won’t be able to open them:

Encrypted Files

 

Although you could attempt to rename the file, without the encryption key, that’s worthless.

Encrypted File That Is Renamed

The pricing

If there’s one problem with Boxcryptor, then it’s the price; though I don’t know how you can complain. Boxcryptor offers 3 different price plans for individuals and small businesses (less than 5 users):

Boxcryptor Personal Pricing

 

At $96 per year, lawyers who are serious about protecting their documents will want to invest in the “Unlimited Business” plan. If your law firm has more than 5 users, Boxcryptor offers bulk-sized pricing.

Boxcryptor Bulk Pricing

Even at $500 per year, Boxcryptor is worth the purchase. Plus, the “Company Package” offers a few additional features such as a company master key and organization-wide password reset.

You can see a technical overview of all the features here.

Overall, I’m happy with Boxcryptor and the fact it can encrypt documents for a number of cloud providers. I also love that the program works on Windows, Android, and Chrome devices.

Boxcryptor Supported Devices

Thus, I can work with my client files in a number of different locations, upload the files to Drive or Dropbox, and feel confident that they’ll remain protected.

I give Boxcryptor 4 of 5 stars. Visit Boxcryptor’s website for more details about the program.

And now for a deal

Now until December 31, 2013, if you sign up for Boxcryptor you can save 20% off the regular prices using the discount code boxcryptorlaw20. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.

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One Response to Android App Review: Boxcryptor

  1. Thanks for the info, nice review. Have you considered reviewing TeamDrive http://teamdrive.com/ as well? It also provides cross-device end-to-end encryption and automatic synchronization of files, including collaboration functionality like access-control, versioning and adding comments to individual files. The TeamDrive spaces can be hosted on premise (any WebDAV-Server or a dedicated TeamDrive server application) or “in the cloud”.

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