Securely encrypt drives before syncing them to Amazon Cloud

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September 13, 2016 at 05:04:03
Specs: Windows 8.1 x64, all updates, Core i7-3610Qm / 6GB
I intend to backup my whole system, secondary and external HDDs to Amazon Cloud. Currently my drives are not encrypted at all. I'm running Windows 10 (no UEFI).

I was wondering what is the best way to securely encrypt private data before uploading it to Amazon's cloud? I would like to have on the fly encryption, so there would be no need to create a container any sync it manually with Amazon's cloud software afterwards, but rather sync and encrypt the whole drive in real-time.

Quite some people recommend Boxcryptor, but it doesn't support Amazon's Cloud. Cryptomator seems like a good choice, but how secure is it, since it's not open source? There is also Duplicati, SyncBackPro and StableBit, do you have any experience with any? How do they compare? Any other recommendations?

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September 13, 2016 at 06:58:47
Only one recommendation - - don't encrypt with proprietary software!

You'll live to regret it when you need the backup only to find that you can't decrypt it (happens all the time, just read the various forums and you'll see).

Zip it up with a password using 7-Zip. That never fails to unzip, I use it all the time to back up sensitive data and unlike encryption software it's not proprietary, it just uses standard zip format.

Don't back it up using online storage either. Make three identical backups on three separate hard drives, then keep them under lock and key out of sight, no need to even keep it password-protected if you do that.

Online storage is not to be trusted, not in my book. The company could abort it's storage service at any time, or even go bust.

You are too trusting of online storage, it's not the answer.

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September 13, 2016 at 08:36:25
I tend to agree with phil22 on the whole issue of online storage... And his advice re' multiple copies of important stuff" too cannot be overly stated/encouraged... If it's important - make more than one copy; and use at least two different types of media (hard drive(s) and DVD. And do NOT rely on usb sticks/flash drives for serious long term storage; they can go down at any time - and frequently do.

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