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How safe is the Bluebox (dropbox) and Box.net apps/storages
I have gotten around the initial hiccup of getting the BlueBox to work, and also have downloaded the Box.net app on my PB.
However, I was wondering how safe is it to upload documents on these servers/cloud storages. Is the contents monitored (as to whats in there)without the users/owners knowledge, are these prone to hacking.....
I do not intend to upload sensitive material (like my work documents), but would like to have my pics and videos up there so its easy to share with family at the other end of the world.
If you have had experience (hoping its all good )kindly share.
Thanks in advance.
- 11-09-2011, 12:13 PM #2
I guess it depends on what is SAFE. Obviously, you are trusting 3rd parties with your files and data. And you are trusting their security and that no one else can break-in. Pirated materials - will they report you? Porn? Will they report you? Poker transactions?
Can authorities gain access without informing you?
Last edited by F2; 11-09-2011 at 02:41 PM.
- 11-09-2011, 12:20 PM #3
Here is an article on it.
How Safe is DropBox | Security Snapshot
bottom line is that unless the government or someone with justifiable access can gain approval to review your dropbox it is safe.
I would not worry about this at all. It has great encryption and works great.
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In general you never know - safe is relative - safe to the average Joe? Sure - for a hacker or somoene working at Box.net, or law enforcement, government agents? Who knows what tools and access they have available....
This is why "the cloud" bothers me.
- 11-09-2011, 03:36 PM #7
I just use DropBox for backing up my Jailbroke iPhone and sending pictures to my home computer from my iPhone. It's free and handy for that. I back my system up on external USB hardrives and don't plug them in unless I need them. More Safe and Secure! Once I have my pictures frommy iPhone and iPhone back up on my home computer, I delete it off the DropBox "Cloud" and it's nicely tucked away on my external hardrive.
It's also good for sending pictures and videos from my PB and the same scenario, back up the files onto external hardrive and delete the "Cloud."Vic
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- 11-09-2011, 04:26 PM #10
The reality is Safe is relative. If you speak it someone can hear you. If it's on paper someone can see it. If it's on a computer someone can retrieve it. If it is on "the Cloud" someone can access it. If you don't want something seen or known keep it in the 6" between your ears.
With that said Box.net and Dropbox are as good if not better than other "cloud" services.
- 11-09-2011, 04:37 PM #11
So it's not really a private storage kinda deal... If you want that just setup some kind of your own FTP with a large hard drive or something.
- 11-09-2011, 07:43 PM #12
Dropbox has a terrible reputation for (lack of) security. Just google dropbox security and there are dozens of articles. This one is particularly worrisome.
Dropbox Lied to Users About Data Security, Complaint to FTC Alleges | Threat Level | Wired.com
Sorry, Dropbox, I still don't trust you | ZDNet
I haven't seen anything about box.net having security problems or breaches, but the risk is always there in the cloud.