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Dropbox Security

Posted: Mon May 16, 2011 9:33 am
by Stephen Hart
MacInTouch
Dropbox Lied to Users About Data Security, Complaint to FTC Alleges
Dropbox, the wildly popular online storage system, deceived users about the security and encryption of its services, putting it at a competitive advantage, according to an FTC complaint filed Thursday by a prominent security researcher.
The FTC complaint charges Dropbox (.pdf) with telling users that their files were totally encrypted and even Dropbox employees could not see the contents of the file. Ph.D. student Christopher Soghoian published data last month showing that Dropbox could indeed see the contents of files, putting users at risk of government searches, rogue Dropbox employees, and even companies trying to bring mass copyright-infringement suits.

Re: Dropbox Security

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:25 am
by Stephen Hart
Another couple of DropBox security issues appeared in Macintouch today:
Simon Wagstaff
DropBox was mentioned at least three times today, so I thought MacInTouch users might be interested:
DropBox CEO: Lone hacker downloaded data from 'fewer than a hundred' accounts
Tim Stevens
Regarding using Dropbox, their T&C say:
"By submitting your stuff to the Services, you grant us (and those we work with to provide the Services) worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable rights to use, copy, distribute, prepare derivative works (such as translations or format conversions) of, perform, or publicly display that stuff to the extent reasonably necessary for the Service."
Many people seem happy with these terms, but I prefer to retain ownership of my material.
Tim.

Re: Dropbox Security

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 7:46 pm
by Richard Serkes
Just encrypt or password protect anything you put in Dropbox and you won't have any problems.