It is recommended that to be able to continue to use Dropbox for sensitive files, it is better to encrypt them before they get sent to the Dropbox server. There are tuts on using encfs to make this automatic. (see

I rather not put my files and folders in the Dropbox folder so I have been putting symlinks instead. Will putting symlinks in the encrypted Dropbox folder work if the Dropbox folder is encrypted as per the link above? (I could just try it, but with my slow connection, deleting everything in Dropbox just to try this would take days.)

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