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Encryption software before cloud upload..?

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:20 am
by carlosdanger
Hi,

can somebody recommend me some encryption software I can use to encrypt files before uploading them to the cloud? I will upload mostly single big files and not many. It's just a backup.

1. the software should offer accepted and safe encryption standards other encryption software can decrypt.

2. It would be nice to both have a nice GUI where I can just drag&drop my files for encryption and a command line interface so I can use it with scripts.

3. it would be nice if it has comfort functions like using always the same password or private key and maybe add the current date to the filename it creates.

Thanks!

Re: Encryption software before cloud upload..?

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:04 am
by Dyfi
It's portable and will work on Linux or MS:-

http://www.spi.dod.mil/ewizard.htm

Re: Encryption software before cloud upload..?

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:25 pm
by carlosdanger
Looks NSA-friendly. Is this software secure? Open Source? Software review?

Re: Encryption software before cloud upload..?

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:39 pm
by Habitual
carlosdanger wrote:Looks NSA-friendly. Is this software secure? Open Source? Software review?
I wouldn't touch that with a 20' barge pole.

Kgpg manages cryptographic keys for the GNU Privacy Guard, and can encrypt, decrypt, sign, and verify files. It features a simple editor for applying cryptography to short pieces of text, and can also quickly apply cryptography to the contents of the clipboard.

in a repo near you.

Re: Encryption software before cloud upload..?

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:46 pm
by Dyfi
Well, I've used it. In the right hands any encryption is hackable eventually.

Ccrypt in the repos is cli only, but very easy to use. You can drag and drop files into the terminal. Downside would be decrypting on another system.

Re: Encryption software before cloud upload..?

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 6:00 pm
by carlosdanger
Hi,

are they all based on key pairs? Is there also an option to use passwords? Or are passwords laughably insecure by now and one shouldn't use them anymore? I want to write the passwords down and obviously they should be around 16 characters. Is this possible and secure?

Re: Encryption software before cloud upload..?

Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2015 6:12 pm
by Habitual
carlosdanger wrote:Hi,

are they all based on key pairs? Is there also an option to use passwords? Or are passwords laughably insecure by now and one shouldn't use them anymore? I want to write the passwords down and obviously they should be around 16 characters. Is this possible and secure?
http://www.spi.dod.mil/ewizard.htm uses passwords.
Requires Java7

Re: Encryption software before cloud upload..?

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 12:10 am
by Dyfi
Personally, I will not use Cloud Storage because of security. I once found files not belonging to me in my Dropbox account.
IMO a second portable external hard drive is safer. It can be removed and stored in a safe place. However, I appreciate all our life situations vary.

Re: Encryption software before cloud upload..?

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:45 am
by carlosdanger
When it comes to backups...keeping all backups in one physical place is a problem I would think.

Obviously Cloud Storage is a problem. Still - that's why I use encryption :)