Boxcryptor: Free accounts will be deactivated on January 31, 2023

[German]The German encryption service Boxcryptor is being over taken by Dropbox. New customers are already no longer accepted – subscriptions expire and the service has done itself in as an "encryptor" for cloud uploads. A German blog reader informed me, that Boxcryptor has begun to inform users, that free ccounts will be shut down on January 31, 2023.


What is Boxcryptor?


is a file encryption software and is particularly used for synchronization with a variety of cloud storage. Boxcryptor was first released on the Dropbox forum on August 5, 2011. After over 1,000 downloads within a week, the startup came up with the idea. The software was then offered by Secomba GmbH as a freemium solution – free for private use – companies had to take out a subscription, but were provided with additional features such as two-factor authentication in return.

Then, at the beginning of December 2022, it became known that Boxcryptor had been purchased by the provider Dropbox. The provider wants to provide the encryption solution for its own offer to its customers. This marked the end of this service – I had reported on the facts in the blog post Encryption solution Boxcryptor purchased from Dropbox.

Free accounts will be terminated

German blog reader Bernd B. informed me in a message in the discussion area on December 21, 2022 that Boxcryptor sends the following mail to its users.

Dear Bernd B.,

We are hereby terminating your Boxcryptor Free account in due time as of January 31, 2023. You can continue to use Boxcryptor as usual until this date but we will not offer an extension of your license anymore.

Important: Your account will be locked on January 31, 2023. Make sure to follow our migration guide to decrypt your data before January 31, 2023.

The migration guide includes:
* Decrypting your data
* Exporting your keys

An extension of your license or a change to any other plan is not available anymore. You can find more information and background in our blog.

We will permanently delete all data related to your account 30 days after the termination date. Contractual information will be stored as long as legally required e.g. for tax reasons.

All the best,
Your Boxcryptor Team"

In one month, on January 31, 2023, the Free user accounts will be locked and no longer accessible. Those who have a Free account should decrypt a data by January 31, 2023. The data associated with the user account will then be deleted 30 days after the account is closed.

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One Response to Boxcryptor: Free accounts will be deactivated on January 31, 2023

  1. Carlo says:

    I think if the decryption key (free license) does not expire (?) you can continue to use Boxcryptor in local mode (so without linking it to the account) beyond Jan. 31 without any problems. Of course, you will not receive any more updates. . The same with the Android version of the program.

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