Cloud services like Dropbox, Microsoft Skydrive, Box.net and others are a great way to store and access data online and make them available to all the devices configured with it. Nowadays storing files is not just limited to one device but a user may have 2 desktop computers, cell phones and other gadgets. In such a case, manually copying the files to all devices is a boring task. Why do the hard work when we can use cloud storage services. The number of cloud services have increased over the last few years and users have started to store more and more data online. But have you imagined what if the service that stores your data gets hacked or someone has able to get access to that data? That’s why its important to protect the data.
Enter Cloudfogger which is a windows program that manually encrypts and then uploads the data online to the cloud service of your choice.
How Cloudfogger Works
Cloudfogger works with Dropbox, Box.net, Skydrive, and various others. During the installation, the application requires you to create an account. During this process, you will be provided a Cloudfogger ID that will be used to fog (encypt) and defog (decrypt) your files. Enter a password, checkmark “save password locally” and click on Next.
Now you’ll need to select a folder that stores your encrypted files. Configure the settings as per your cloud service and you’re done. After installing Cloudfogger on your system you will see a new drive in Windows Explorer, usually drive X:, if that drive letter is available.
Cloudfogger also adds options to decrypt and encrypt files to the Windows Explorer context menu (right click menu). To add files to Cloudfogger, just copy (or drag and drop) them to this newly created drive and those files will be automatically encrypted. Also you’ll notice a new icon in system tray for Cloudfogger. Right click on it and then click on “Lock” to lock the files.
When the process of uploading files to your online cloud storage is complete, you’ll only be able to access them if you use Cloudfogger. Without it, you’ll be able to download the files (from online) but they’ll be encrypted and of no use to you. When locked, you cannot open or copy the files to other locations. If you want to do this, then you’ll need to enter the password. Now that’s what we call protecting or encrypting files the right way.
With Cloudfogger all files are encrypted before they get to your favorite cloud service like Dropbox. The program is available for free and can be downloaded from below link. It works on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7.