Cipher, A free open-source client-side encryption tool for cloud files, was updated today and provides some new features, such as password saving on Linux and custom installation flags.
Cryptomator is a Java tool for encrypting cloud storage files for services that do not support client encryption. The service runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android. It can be used with cloud storage services that sync with local directories, such as Dropbox or Google Drive (including in conjunction with Insync).
For encryption, Cryptomator uses AES with a 256-bit key length, while using password-based key derivation Scrypt to protect pass phrases from brute force attacks.
It uses WebDAV, FUSE (Mac and Linux only) or Dokany (Windows only) to provide unencrypted virtual drives and can be used to encrypt some important files or entire cloud storage data. Moreover, the tool can even support the creation of multiple vaults for the same cloud storage provider.
It is worth noting that although Cryptomator was created with cloud storage client encryption in mind, it may also be used to encrypt folders from the system or external drives. The new Cryptomator 1.4.12 released today brings password support. Use Gnome Keyring and KSecretService (KDE) to save on Linux. It is now also possible for users running Linux to automatically unlock Cryptomator-encrypted volumes at startup, but note that his features are marked as experimental.
To enable these options, click
More Options Button before unlocking Cryptomator Vault:
This Cryptomator version also adds support for custom install flags for FUSE and Dokany. This is required because it needs to allow FUSE installation
allow_root So Carbon Copy Cloner on Mac (running as root user) can access the Cryptomator vault, which is installed by default only for the current user. Of course, this is also useful for various other use cases.
As with the “Save Password” feature, this custom install flag option is available at
More Options (Available before installing the vault).
Other changes in Cryptomator 1.4.12
- Added Spotlight index on Mac. This can be enabled using a custom install flag (using
-olocalSpotlight then starts indexing the volume)
- Fixed drive letter assignment on Windows
- Added launcher script to buildkit to use Cryptomator via JAR
The download page provides the AppImage binary for Linux, as well as Ubuntu / Linux Mint PPA (not yet updated, but may only apply to new versions of Ubuntu 18.04), and the Aur package.
To run the Cryptomator AppImage binary, you need to make it executable:
right click -> Properties -> Permissions -> Allow executing file as program (Or similar; it depends on your file manager). Now, if your desktop environment / file manager allows it, double-click the Cryptomator AppImage file to run it. In a desktop environment that does not allow double-clicking the AppImage file to run, open a terminal, then drag and drop the Cryptomator AppImage file into the terminal window, then press
Enter. You can also enter
./cryptomator-1.4.12-x86_64.AppImage Run it from the folder where AppImage is located.
To easily run the AppImage file and integrate it with your Linux system (including automatically adding application menu items), you may need to check out the AppImageLauncher.
Need a quick start guide to encrypting cloud storage data with Cryptomator? See this article (scroll down to the “How to use Cryptomator” section).
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- EncryptPad: The secret encrypted text editor
- Cloaker: Easy file encryption with Windows, macOS, and Linux support
- How to use VeraCrypt to encrypt USB drives (compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux)
- How to encrypt home folder in Ubuntu 18.04 or 19.04