DataLocker is a free app from AppSense that encrypts files and then lets you share them with Windows, Mac, iPhone and iPad via Dropbox. This is very useful if you have a few (or many) files on your Dropbox for which you’d like a little extra protection.
I downloaded the universal app on iTunes and installed it on both my iPhone and iPad. I requested the Mac version from the AppSense link above. (Awkward and archaic, I know.)
Here’s what I like about these apps:
- Really easy to use. On the Mac, you just drop files you want encrypted onto the open app and specify a password.
- The iOS app shows all your Dropbox folders and opens many file types.
- You can put the encrypted files anywhere and move them around. You’re not restricted to putting them in a fixed or single folder location.
- Each file is encrypted individually, not altogether into an opaque container. Again, this let’s you move them around even after you’ve encrypted them.
I have two suggestions for AppSense:
- Let me drag and drop a folder name into the Mac app’s destination folder entry field.
- Better yet, just encrypt the files in place.
- You can drop folders into the “drop your files here” box on the Mac app. DataLocker than encrypts all the files and puts them into the destination folder. I would really like to drag a folder and subfolders and have DataLocker encrypt the files in place, preserving the original folder structure.
Did I mention that DataLocker is:
- Easy to use
- Available for Windows, Mac, iPhone, and iPad
- Works great with Dropbox