Dropbox syncs files and folders between Macs, as well as iPhone and iPad, but online security being what it is, just how safe are your files when stored on Dropbox cloud servers? Use this free app to avoid the problems from hacking and security breaches.
Free Dropbox Encryption
Frankly, the idea of securing Dropbox files on your Mac with a level of encryption is so solid that I’m surprised I haven’t run into other apps that do the same.
SafeMonk is a new Mac app that encrypts the files you store in your Dropbox folder on the Mac.
If a hacker doesn’t have the password they won’t have access to the files in your Dropbox folder.
One of the benefits of Dropbox is the option to share a folder with others. SafeMonk lets you share a folder without sharing your password.
What about links? Sending a link to a file on Dropbox is very handy. SafeMonk lets you do that, too, including a unique password.
What if you forget your SafeMonk password for the encrypted files in Dropbox? SafeMonk comes with a few account recovery options. What if you have files that you forget to encrypt in Dropbox?
SafeMonk can be setup to add encryption to files automatically.
Free With Benefits
Just like Dropbox, SafeMonk has a free component. If your usage is non-commercial, SafeMonk is free. For business use there’s an annual payment option.
What you get is worthwhile. Users are logged and reports are available on their activity. In other words, you can see who in your company is using Dropbox. There are tools to manage accounts and users, and SafeMonk is smart enough to handle both personal and business accounts, and keep them separate.
Setup is simple, though you’ll need a SafeMonk account. SafeMonk automatically supplies you with a Recovery Code upon login.
And, yes, there’s a SafeMonk app for both iPhone and iPad.
The only issues I’ve run into started with the Recover Code (the box is too small, but a click grabs the code to the Mac’s clipboard). And, the video instructions don’t explain exactly how to use SafeMonk. Is it drag and drop, double click, right-click, or what? It doesn’t take long to figure it out but an instruction video should instruct, right?
Otherwise, SafeMonk seems to work well, and is priced right. I wonder if Dropbox will buy SafeMonk?