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Dropbox acquires German encryptor

A German-based company that offers one-stop encryption services for files held on major data storage centers such as Google Drive and Dropbox is selling up… to Dropbox.

Boxcryptor made the announcement on November 29, in which it assured its customers all encrypted files would remain at its databases in Germany.

Seemingly in anticipation of a backlash from disgruntled users in a part of its statement titled “Why sell to an American company” it said: “Dropbox is a trusted global brand with users all over the world, and customers in Germany. Furthermore, all customer data and contracts remain with Secomba GmbH in a German GmbH with German shareholders.”

Not all cyber pundits were mollified. Graham Cluley, who co-presents the cybersecurity podcast Smashing Security, named as one of the top eight in 2021 by Cybernews, tweeted grudging congratulations for Boxcryptor.

“Germany-based Boxcryptor, the neat product which encrypts your sensitive files and folders in Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc is selling up to Dropbox,” he said. “Good news for Boxcryptor I guess, but as a long-standing customer myself it doesn't thrill me.”

Founded in 2011 by a pair of graduates from Augsburg university, Boxcryptor insists that it and Dropbox share “a commitment to prioritizing security in products while designing for the end user.”

“We believe that the combination of our leading zero-knowledge, end-to-end encryption capabilities and Dropbox’s easy-to-use product [and] robust security and privacy features will help even more customers protect their most sensitive information and better meet their evolving needs,” it added.

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