What is BoxProtect?
|BoxProtect is a software that allows you to encrypt the data you store in cloud-based storage services like Dropbox®. It is based on algorithms also used by the U.S. government for top secret information. We currently support Dropbox and offer apps for Mac OS X® and iPhone® & iPod touch®. Apps for further platforms as well as support for additional cloud storage providers are being developed.|
How does BoxProtect work?
BoxProtect App for Mac
The free BoxProtect for Mac creates a new device under the “Devices” section of your Finder.
Everything you store into BoxProtect is automatically encrypted and then written into a hidden subfolder of your Dropbox folder. In the virtual BoxProtect device you will see your data in plain text, the Dropbox folder contains the encrypted data, i.e., on Dropbox servers only protected, unreadable files are stored. When you eject the BoxProtect device none of your protected data are visible to others. Mounting the BoxProtect device requires a password only you know. In future releases we will support further cloud storage providers in addition to Dropbox. BoxProtect for iPhone & iPod touch and BoxProtect for Mac can be used together and complement each other.
BoxProtect App for iPhone & iPod touch
BoxProtect for iPhone & iPod touch allows you to securely access your protected data while you’re on the go. After you have provided a password to unlock a protected folder you can browse, add, and modify files within your protected folder. The encrypted, unreadable version of your data is synchronized with Dropbox, which means that you have your data backed up and accessible anywhere. However, the files in the protected folder are only readable with a password only you know. In future releases we will support further cloud storage providers in addition to Dropbox. BoxProtect for iPhone & iPod touch and BoxProtect for Mac can be used together and complement each other.
Compatible with Linux
BoxProtect is compatible with the open-source cryptocraphic file system EncFS, if configured according to the following settings:
|Key size:||As in BoxProtect (default is 256)|
|Filename encoding:||Stream (with filename encryption) or Null (without filename encryption)|
|Filename initialization vector chaining:||No|
|Per-file initialization vectors:||No|
|Block authentication code headers:||No|
See here how to setup EncFS on Ubuntu. Using EncFS and your password, you can mount the hidden BoxProtect folder that is within your Dropbox folder. This allows you to retrieve and update your data.