Three Essential Encrypted Cloud Services

Bitwarden + Sync.Com + 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.

Sync.Com (encrypted file storage and sharing)

Sync.Com offers secure cloud service located in Canada.

This service allows you to store your files in a fully encrypted cloud. Your files are encrypted before they leave your computer.

Apps available for Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS.

The Sync.Com service lacks a Linux app, but offers many modern cloud storage features.

The cost is $120 per year. Payment methods include Bitcoin, Credit Cards, Paypal.

Alternative encrypted file storage: Tresorit

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

Files can be stored in Microsoft Azure clouds in US, the EU, Switzerland or other locations.

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

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:

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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