Setup end-to-end encrypted cloud drive using rclone

Last time I’ve experimented with applying various encryption solutions to the public cloud storage such as Google Drive or OneDrive. They are relatively cheap online storage. However, I don’t consider them the best place for all my files, especially sensitive ones. To make them more useful to me, I was looking for an end-to-end encryption mechanism I could use with clouds in tandem, and I finally discovered rclone.

In this article, I’d like to show you my approach to use rclone as the way to have an end-to-end encrypted cloud drive.

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Why I removed my old accounts and why you should too

Whenever people say about New Year’s changes they, mainly think about resolutions, plans and set up goals. But this is also a great time to small retrospective both your personal and digital life.

Let’s talk about the digital once.

Do you realize how many registrations have you performed over the last year? Or over the last 5 years? Who did you give your email, personal data, photos, documents or other files to? Too often, it’s too much to know about all this.

Think about each website, application or service which you used and you didn’t use it for a long long time. Social profiles, cloud storage, dedicated tools and the other software. In each of them, you probably left some data. Maybe it’s not relevant and doesn’t have any value for you, but this information is about you.

What if one day, someone will get access to all of these data you left in the Internet?

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Synchronize local files with Cryptomator Vault

Among thousands of files on my computer, I have some with special meanings for me. Photos, videos, papers, and spreadsheets – they occupy dedicated places within my filesystem. That’s the problem – they exist only on my hard drive. However, I sometimes need a quick access to these files from my smartphone or other computers. The solution seems to be simple: migrating to the cloud. But what if I definitely don’t want to keep these files outside?

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