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Dropbox and Truecrypt together?

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#1 abz2910


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 04:20 AM

Hi guys,


I've got dropbox currently installed on my computer and I'm considering encrypting the entire Windows OS partition using Truecrypt (as the software provides one of these options).


1) Am I right in saying that as my Dropbox folder will be in my encrypted Truecrypt partition, it will also be encrypted?

2) Will I be able to access these Dropbox files from the Dropbox website on another computer that does not have Truecrypt installed (I'm guessing not)? What if I have Truecrypt portable on a USB drive?

3) How will shared folders in Dropbox work, if they will automatically be encrypted upon downloading on my Dropbox folder from another Dropbox user? Will others be able to access them?


Thanks in advance for the help :)

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 05:21 AM

In my knowledge:


1. Yes,TrueCrype will encrypted whole partition.

2. Yes,but it won't be encrypted. (Not sure because its docs not have about dropbox but I think it same with Network Share Folder.)

3. Not Sure,but I think it will be encrypted after syncing finnished.

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:05 AM

If you want a truly encrypted cloud service which you won't be able to attain with dropbox in the equation. Take a look here: https://spideroak.com/ and here http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/05/spideroak-encrypted-cloud-storage-adds-drag-and-drop-support-with-hive/

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 04:04 PM

Thanks a lot for the help, both of you.


Animal, I have looked into using spideroak instead of dropbox as a cloud backup service but it only offers 2GB of data storage for free users, whereas dropbox space can be expanded a lot more, for free. I am trying to backup everything for free.


Do you think I should just not resort to encrypting the entire Windows OS then - should I just create an encrypted container inside dropbox for my files, and have the shared folder outside it?

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