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    How safe is Dropbox?

    Hello Everyone,

    I wanted to know from the technology savy members

    How safe is it to use Dropbox and would you keep sensitive data on Dropbox?

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    This is a vague question. What kind of material are you looking at archiving there?
    What does the word 'safe' mean? Do you mean safe as in it won't get lost or safe as in you don't want your kids seeing it or safe as in you don't want governments, law enforcement agencies or courts of law being able to subpoena the info?

    Dropbox runs over an encrypted transfer protocol so the connection between your pc and dropbox is assafe as internet banking for example. The dropbox servers are not encrypted so the info could be handed over by Dropbox the company if someone got a court order.

    You can mount a virtual Truecrypt drive within your Dropbox which would give some further measure of protection but if someone manages to get between you and the dropbox server in a classic 'man in the middle' type attack then you dropbox and truecrypt passwords would be compromised.

    I would use dropbox for general non-sensitive off-site backups if I didn't have a gmail account. I wouldn't use dropbox for anything incriminating or anything that requires absolute secrecy. I have a dropbox which I actually use for sharing files, anything I get asked for on a regular basis I just dump in dropbox and give access to anyone that wants it, that way I only upload the item once and it saves my bandwidth.
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    I plead ignorance on this one! I would also like to know how safe it is?
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    I am using Dropbox only for file sharing and non-sensitive off-site backups.

    WHY?



    It has been reported that Dropbox, one of the most popular cloud storage options available, has been charged with an FTC complaint. Apparently the promises of keeping your files encrypted and secure on their servers are a lie, according to Christopher Soghoian, the security researcher who brought up the issue.

    According to the complaint, Dropbox has the ability to access and view all the files uploaded to the service despite claiming that they weren’t able to see the files you uploaded without a password. This meant that users were at the risk of government searches, rogue Dropbox employees and even companies trying to bring mass copyright-infringement suits.

    http://www.gadgetpolice.com/gadget/d...ou-thought.php


    And there are more just search for " How safe is dropbox" and see

    http://memeburn.com/2011/06/dropbox-...urity-failure/

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    AndyD, I meant safe as in other people being able to access the files\hack the server kind off thing. It would be sensitive information to me but not illegal information!

    If not dropbox, what would be a good way of backing up data? and would encryption be the solution for example your laptop being stolen? (so that no one can access the information)
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    Singhms,

    Have you considered IronTree as a secure, encrypted online backup system?

    The only downside is that it is not a free service. Costs vary depending on how much data you want to backup.

    A huge benefit over Dropbox (apart from the issues raised already in this thread) is that your first backup is the largest - thereafter files are backed up incrementally, and not just at a file level, but at the bit level. In other words, if you want to backup your Outlook.pst file (which could be huge), subsequent backups will only transfer the portion of that pst file that has changed, not the entire pst file.

    You can try IronTree for two weeks, at no charge, before deciding whether or not to subscribe to the service, so it's risk free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neville Bailey View Post
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    Singhms,

    You can also look at A-drive you get 50GB free on there basic plan http://www.adrive.com

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    So to what degree is IronTree and A-Drive "secure"?

    1. Guarantee that data won't be lost? And timespan for data storage without further activity?
    2. Guarantee of password protection - i.e. no hacking?
    3. User level acces, e.g. some users allowed to add / delete / overwrite / read files?
    4. File level access? Grant user permissions per file?
    5. Secure connection - HTTPS? How many bits?
    6. Encrypted storage?
    7. Record keeping of access? Records available to whom?
    8. Guarantee of privacy from any unauthorised viewing (including the server managers as well as governmental institutions)?

    Further do these allow for WebDav / FTP / SFTP (or similar access) so one could map a drive letter to the store? Or does it come with some Desktop utility, or must it be used through a web client?

    I do like the idea of incremental uploads in IronTree! How is that accomplished? Some form of sectoring the files with a CRC for each sector - similar to Torrents? Or is a duplicate copy kept on the client machine for comparison?
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    Quote Originally Posted by irneb View Post
    So to what degree is IronTree and A-Drive "secure"?

    1. Guarantee that data won't be lost? And timespan for data storage without further activity?
    2. Guarantee of password protection - i.e. no hacking?
    3. User level acces, e.g. some users allowed to add / delete / overwrite / read files?
    4. File level access? Grant user permissions per file?
    5. Secure connection - HTTPS? How many bits?
    6. Encrypted storage?
    7. Record keeping of access? Records available to whom?
    8. Guarantee of privacy from any unauthorised viewing (including the server managers as well as governmental institutions)?

    Further do these allow for WebDav / FTP / SFTP (or similar access) so one could map a drive letter to the store? Or does it come with some Desktop utility, or must it be used through a web client?

    I do like the idea of incremental uploads in IronTree! How is that accomplished? Some form of sectoring the files with a CRC for each sector - similar to Torrents? Or is a duplicate copy kept on the client machine for comparison?
    Rather than reinventing the wheel by answering your questions myself, can I suggest that you first have a look at the following links regarding IronTree:



    Hopefully most of your questions will be answered in those links.
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