Your phone is a great place for storing documents, images and other files so that you have access to them when you need them. However, it’s important that you add enough security to each file so that if your phone is ever lost or stolen, your details and documents cannot be accessed.
One of the best ways of keeping your files safe is by adding them to a cloud storage account. Not only does this free up some of the space on your device’s internal storage, it also gives you access to these files across a plethora of different devices.
To apply security to cloud files, you’ll first want to download the Boxcryptor Classic app from the Google Play store. The app encrypts each and every file you choose to upload to your cloud account, meaning that other users will need to input passwords to access them. As well as setting passwords, users of Boxcryptor can also restrict access to their files by setting other parameters that other users must follow.
Choose a service
After installing, the first screen you’ll be greeted with will ask you to connect to one of the many services Boxcryptor works alongside with. You’ll find the process of file encryption to be similar no matter which app you choose. For this tutorial, we’ve focused on Google Drive.
Depending on which service you chose to use, you’ll need to connect your account to the app in some way. For the most part, you’ll just need to enter your password and then follow the instructions provided through the app to finish connecting the two together.
Create a folder
To contain all the files you want to encrypt, you’ll need to first create an encrypted folder to keep them in. Press on the folder icon in the top-left of the app and begin by entering some simple details for it. Advanced users can take a look at the Advanced settings if they wish.
Select a file type
Now navigate to the Choose file types option within the Settings menu. Here you can select the types of files you can add to your encrypted folders. Although most file formats are supported, the larger files can take a while to encrypt properly within the app.
Head back to your newly created folder and press the Upload symbol. You can now go through your locally stored photos, videos and documents and choose what to upload. After selecting your chosen files, press the Confirm button and the files will begin to upload.
Filter and sort
It’s a good idea to rename each file you upload to your encrypted folder, as each file is given a generic icon. Once renamed, go to the menu icon and choose how you want to filter your uploads. All the results should then configure based on your selections.
Move files around
By moving files from other folders into your encrypted folder, you can begin encrypting your entire cloud storage account. Although rare, you may find that certain files corrupt themselves when moving to an encrypted folder, so keep that in mind when transferring them around.
Check the encryption
Each file you’ve added to the encrypted folder should now require you to enter the password you created for the folder before being able to access it. If you want to improve the security further, you can apply individual passwords to each file you upload.
As well as keeping your files encrypted, another security option available in Boxcryptor is to PIN protect the app itself. Navigate to the Settings menu and scroll down until you find the App Unlock feature. Enter a PIN and confirm it for the changes to be added.