Dropbox Security Being Raised

In terms of being speedy, Dropbox is nothing else with the way that their user base has been expanding for the last two years. However, a word of caution is seemingly thrown into the wind as an aspect of their data security is being looked at closely over what might have been overlooked with the rate it has been growing.

Sort of revolutionizing the way that cloud storage services is made, Dropbox lets its subscribers share a file between any number of Dropbox-enabled devices by installing a special folder on the hard drive where everything will be synced and can serve as an open channel between all of them. Calculated with a modest 2 million users at the end of 2009, it doubled to 4 million by January 2010, and now has over 25 million users to date who save 200 million files on their Dropboxes each day, which is around more than a million files every 5 minutes.

Founded in 2007, the company already has plans of international expansion to Spain, Germany, France, and Japan where they will release local versions of Dropbox. Particularly popular with mobile gadgets that have limited storage and is usually synced with other devices, like the iPad, its initial 2GB storage is worked on by Dropbox for a photo space as the media is becoming more popularly uploaded, and released a new version of their iOS app that enables a mass photo upload.

The new update to its Terms of Service has them adding a new clause that says they will release files from private Dropboxes to authorities should they be asked to, something that is a particularly common clause among cloud-based storage services like Gmail and Amazon. Some have pointed out a certain loophole where Dropbox has claimed before that its “modern encryption methods” do not allow even its own employees to be able to see file contents as they only work with file names and other file descriptions that do not reveal its contents.

The new TOS has mentioned that before handing over the files, they will have to decrypt them, a relatively small matter but still enough to contradict previous statements and raise red flags for the privacy-conscious user. You can get the Dropbox download by going to www.dropbox.com.

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