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Encrypt Data that is shared with Clients

Joseph Salazar
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I have a Cpa Client who wishes to receive data from clients but have it encrypt on their end before it transports to our office

Wanted to use Dropbox with SecreteSync but the Sync software is set for end of life.

Is there another software like it out there? or is there a platform I can use to accomplish this function

We believe we should provide the Encryption since we are requesting it.

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AlanConsultant
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Hi Jospeh,

The simplest option would be to have a shared password with each client, and have then zip the data using AES-256 and the shared password, then email it (7-zip is free and can do this).

There are other zip options, but if they choose one (7-zip or other) they could write up a details step-by-step 'how to' for their clients.

Whatever you choose to do, needs to be easy enough for the users at the client end to handle.


Alan.
Joseph SalazarVice President - Senior IT Consultant

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Sounds Great Alan but a lot of these people are older and are not very Computer savy

We need to make is as easy as logging in and doing a drag and drop type solution

Joseph
AlanConsultant

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Hi Jospeph,

If you want it encrypted on their end before they send it, you will have to have some application / code running on their machine - there is no way around it.

You could seek to deploy javascript on their website that would do this, but if the clients are blocking such, then you would have to hold their hands to setting up exceptions, and that would mean across all OS / Broswers, including probably some Apple users - that would be a nightmare of support.

If they are mostly old, they probably prefer to send (or take) it in hard copy anyway - gives them someone to talk to as well.

Maybe best to consider the above zip option but offer the hardcopy option for those that prefer it, else they risk chasing away those non-computer-savvy clients.

Alan.
Simple Geek from the '70s
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Commented:
citrix Share File recommended I know many lawyers that use this on a daily basis
Alex FigtreeTechnology Consultant

Commented:
Hey @David Johnson - would you know by any chance how much (roughly) Citrix Share File costs? Being SaaS I assume its a per user per month fee but wonder if you know more details. Thank you
Shaun VermaakSenior Consultant
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Have a look at BoxCryptor. I use it as an individual but I know that it can function for teams
https://www.boxcryptor.com/
David Johnson, CDSimple Geek from the '70s
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As mentioned in a PM it varies starting at $100/month
AlanConsultant

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BoxCryptor seems to encrypt client-side, so that would definitely meet your stated requirements from a technical perspective.
Joseph SalazarVice President - Senior IT Consultant

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Went with Citrix

Thanks Everyone

Cjoego