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    EncFS is described as 'provides an encrypted filesystem in user-space. It runs without any special permissions and uses the FUSE library and Linux kernel module to provide the filesystem interface. You can find links to source and binary releases below' and is an app in the backup & sync category. There are more than 50 alternatives to EncFS for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is VeraCrypt, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like EncFS are Cryptomator, TrueCrypt, Windows BitLocker and LUKS.

    EncFS is mainly a Disk Encryption Tool but alternatives to it may also be Cloud Storage Services. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of EncFS.
    This page was last updated May 23, 2022
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    EncFS provides an encrypted filesystem in user-space. It runs without any special permissions and uses the FUSE library and...
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    1. VeraCrypt is a free disk encryption software brought to you by IDRIX and that is based on TrueCrypt .
    2. Cryptomator provides transparent, client-side encryption for your cloud. Protect your documents from unauthorized access. Cryptomator on the desktop is free and open source software, so you can rest assured there are no backdoors.
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      Free, open-source, uses strong AES encryption to protect your files and privacy, compatible with ANY online syncing/backup service, and works on Windows, Mac and Linux. Very fast support also. Highly recommended if you're using Dropbox, Google Drive or similar.
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      Perfect instead of EncFS (file based encryption, so it can be used for sync or backup into any cloud).
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    3. [TrueCrypt is not exactly "Open Source", but the source is available. See the reviews to get more information.]

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      Currently unmaintained. Last version, TrueCrypt 7.1a, is still available for download and development has continued via the forks VeraCrypt and CipherShed. "The development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/2014 after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP. Windows 8/7/Vista and later offer integrated support for encrypted disks and virtual disk images."

    4. BitLocker Drive Encryption is a data protection feature that integrates with the operating system and addresses the threats of data theft or exposure from lost, stolen, or inappropriately decommissioned computers.
    5. LUKS is the standard for Linux hard disk encryption. By providing a standard on-disk-format, it does not only facilitate compatibility among distributions, but also provides secure management of multiple user passwords.


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      AES Crypt is an advanced file encryption utility that integrates with the Windows shell or runs from the Linux command prompt to provide a simple, yet powerful, tool for encrypting files using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).
    6. DroidFS is an alternative way to use encrypted overlay filesystems on Android that uses its own internal file explorer instead of mounting virtual volumes. It currently only works with gocryptfs but support for CryFS could be added in the future.
    7. Platform-independent password-based authenticated encryption of files & folders.
      Almost everyone thinks File Lock PEA is a great alternative to EncFS.
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      gocryptfs uses file-based encryption that is implemented as a mountable FUSE filesystem. Each file in gocryptfs is stored one corresponding encrypted file on the hard disk. The screenshot below shows a mounted gocryptfs filesystem (left) and the encrypted files (right).
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      Boxcryptor is an easy-to-use encryption software optimized for the cloud. It allows the secure use of cloud storage services without sacrificing comfort.
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