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Three Essential Encrypted Cloud Services (Updated For 2020)

Bitwarden + Tresorit + Protonmail

This is my recommended combination of cloud providers. All of these personal items will be stored with strong encryption:

  • Passwords
  • Notes
  • Documents
  • Media files
  • Email (you may want to keep your email unencrypted — see notes below)

Bitwarden (encrypted cloud for passwords and notes)

Bitwarden is an open source cloud for passwords and secure notes. It has apps for Linux, MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android and the web. The cost is $12 per year. They accept credit cards only.

Bitwarden is hosted in the US. However, because the server is open source, you can also host it on your own server.

Encrypted file storage: Tresorit

Tresorit is an encrypted cloud provider headquartered in Switzerland. Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone.

Files can be stored in Microsoft Azure clouds in United States, Switzerland or other locations.

The cost is $125 per year. They accept credit cards and Paypal but not Bitcoin.

Sync.Com (encrypted file storage and sharing)

Sync.Com is a Canadian encrypted cloud provider. This service allows you to store your files in a online cloud but with strong AES encryption. Your documents and other files are encrypted before they leave your computer.

The Sync applications do lack some of the feautres you expect in a modern cloud storage. The applications provided by Tresorit or pCloud are much more robust.

The Sync service costs $120 per year. You can pay via Bitcoin, Credit Cards, Paypal.

Sync has apps available for Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS. Unfortunately, there is now Linux app. If you need an encrypted cloud that supports Linux, I suggest using pCloud with the encryption add-on package.

Protonmail (encrypted email)

Protonmail is a reliable encrypted email provider based in Switzerland. Prices start at €48 euros (about $56 USD).

Because your email is encrypted on Protonmail it is not quire as fully featured as other email solutions.

Here’s a non-encrypted email option:

Alternative: Fastmail (private email)

Fastmail is a private email provider based in Australia. It has robust spam filters and there is no email tracking/spying. Supports two-step verification (2FA). Apps are available for iOS and Android.

Fastmail costs $50 per year for 25 GB. They accept bitcoin, credit cards, Paypal.

Note that Fastmail is not an encrypted email provider. I recommend sharing files securely using an encrypted cloud like Tresorit or Sync.Com for example.

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