Yes, the spooks and lesser elected governmental officials want Apple to unlock the iPhone so they can snoop around. You know. Just in case. Mac users have files, too. If yours are valuable or potentially incriminating then you’ll appreciate all the encryption options to put your files out of reach by hackers, spooks, crooks, or judges.
Apple makes all kinds of encryption options available to Mac, iPhone, and iPad users. For Mac users who want to store files online where Google and snoops (is there really a difference?) can peruse at will, you’ll want some kind of encryption.
Enter Crypt Sync Files. No, that’s not a new song by the Crypt Kicker Five, but it would make a snappy title for a geek band. This inexpensive and easy to use Mac app encrypts files or zips up files and protects the archive with a password. Your choice.
To be fair and honest, Crypt Sync Files is not as easy to use as OS X’s built-in Archive tool. Apple’s way is easy but not secure. Select a file. Right-click. Select Compress or Archive (depends on which version of OS X you’re using). That zips up the file or a folder of files or a bunch files, but does not give you a password option, and does not encrypt the archive.
That’s exactly what Crypt Sync Files does. Fast. Not easy.
Crypt Sync Files takes a folder of files and can zip them up with a password. Or, it can encrypt the files using secure AES-256 bit encryption, also with a password. Use the app to secure files on your Mac and then upload them to a cloud service, Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, another Mac, or wherever you think they’ll be safe. But don’t worry. Once they’re encrypted they’re as safe as your iPhone from government spooks and hackers.
Hmmm. Let me think about that a moment.
Crypt Sync Files does the decryption and encryption on the fly. It also lets you put files on USB flash drives, connected USB drives, memory cards, or wherever Mac files can be saved. There’s also a built-in sync option but the real value is how quickly you can create a password protected zip archive, or an encrypted archive of your files.
The app is available on the Mac App Store and that’s my only niggle. There’s no try-before-you-buy option, and the price tag, though nominal, is a few dollars above my app review throwaway threshold. You could try Encrypto for free. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles you’ll find in Crypt Sync Files but it will keep the government spooks and hackers at bey.