End-to-end encryption with Nextcloud

Self-hosted Cloud servers are becoming more and more important. Especially in Europe, it’s not a bad idea to go back to self-hosted solutions, even with cloud servers with regards to the new Data Protection Act, which comes into effect May 2018. In case of doubt, this saves a lot of paperwork and can be considered relatively safe. But it is precisely the security which on the other hand, still causes doubts. After all, you want your data to be protected, without becoming an IT security expert. Nextcloud now offers a solution that is going to be of great interest.

Hosting your own Cloud services is a good idea if you know what to do. Those who want to securely store their data in the cloud must ensure that no one has unauthorized access and with that, many users were overwhelmed. Too much depends on it and too complicated are various tools, which should actually support. Nextcloud, provider of a cloud solution for self hosting, has always placed great emphasis on ease of use and security, and now provides a new extension with end-to-end encryption.

With the new enhancement, it is now possible to protect selected folders and files with end-to-end encryption – and even more easily, without requiring special knowledge about encryption. Of course, there is also a server and client software, which can be used for this innovation. The allocation of the keys runs via server-side signed certificates and it is also possible to generate certificates via own hardware security modules and also offline keys are possible. Nextcloud’s version number 13 is designed to integrate the end-to-end encryption into the software. Until then, the necessary apps can be loaded individually.

Anyone who does not wish to put his data in foreign hands or who is keen to host it within Europe is certainly on the right path with this solution.