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