is sync encryption password the same as data encryption password

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11 Sep, 2022 03:02 PM

I am going to set up Sync between two Win10 computer using a Dropbox connection. My data file is currently encrypted. The Knowledge Base says when I set up Sync the first time, "you will be prompted to create an Encryption Password". Is this a separate encryption password from the one I already use to access the data file? It occurs to me the Knowledge Base might be referring to users whose data file is NOT currently encrypted when it says you will be prompted for a password. It is also possible it needs a separate encryption password to seed an encryption algorithm, though that seems unweidly.

If anyone can clarify it would be appreciated. Thanks


  1. 1 Posted by dwg on 11 Sep, 2022 09:08 PM

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    I'm a fellow user.

    Yes it is a separate password, you could make it the same if you like. This password is just used to encrypt the data in transit between machines. You could have different users on each machine so they can have their own local password, which is distinct.

  2. 2 Posted by biz on 12 Sep, 2022 12:23 PM

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    dwg, thanks for this clarification.

    Another question: Will I need to re-enter the Sync encryption password every time I open the file from the other computer (or Android/moble device), or does it just get entered once when first setting up the Sync? I also use a data encryption password (which I understand will be set on each machine separately), and am wondering if I will need to enter two passwords each time I open the file from one PC to the next.

  3. 3 Posted by dwg on 12 Sep, 2022 12:30 PM

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    You enter the sync password when you are setting up syncing on each machine. This encryption key is saved within the data set so that the data that is being passed between machine can be encrypted before it is sent and unencrypted when data has been received. The goal is to ensure that all data traveling between the machines is encrypted during transmission and when it is stored on services like Dropbox.

  4. 4 Posted by biz on 12 Sep, 2022 12:52 PM

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    Yes, I understood this password for was for end-to-end encryption between Dropbox and the client PCs. But I wondered if I will need to re-enter it each time I re-open the synced data on each client machine. In other words, is it set up such that once a computer has been configured the first time (entering the Sync encryption password), it is remains an authorized client machine such that that password is not needed again when re-opening the data? Or will it get re-entered every time?

  5. 5 Posted by dwg on 12 Sep, 2022 12:56 PM

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    I answered in the second sentence, the syncing password is stored within the data set it is only entered once.

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