Three Essential Encrypted Cloud Services

by Grey One •

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 you 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. Hosted in the US. Since it’s open source, you can also host it on your own server.

Tresorit (encrypted file storage and sharing)

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

Files are store in Microsoft Azure clouds in England and Ireland.

The cost is $125 per year. They accept credit cards and Paypal.

[Sync.Com offers a less expensive Canadian-based secure cloud provider that lacks a Linux app. The cost is $60 per year.]

Protonmail (encrypted email)

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

Note that fully encrypted email is not for everyone. It’s slower and not as fully featured as other email solutions. Here’s a non-encrypted email option:

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 — encrypted email is difficult to implement overall. I recommend looking to other applications to send secure messages. You could share a file securely using an encrypted cloud like Tresorit or Sync.Com for example.

 

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