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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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6 responses to “Sure Dropbox is Potentially Insecure, but Does it Matter?”

  1. aaronendre

    For many businesses and the vast majority of individuals storing and sharing non-sensitive content, you’re probably right: no one really cares about your stuff. If anyone broke into my Dropbox account, I doubt they’d find anything useful or interesting.

    On the other extreme, there’s WikiLeaks: an individual used a combination of USB drives and rogue file-sharing apps to share highly-confidential information. More realistically, a company’s financial information, competitor notes, forecasts, unreleased press releases; a clinic’s patient information; a credit card company’s customer account numbers; legal information; government information; police records; and on and on for millions of other “For Your Eyes Only” information that, given to just any person doesn’t mean a thing, but given to the wrong person, can have serious consequences.

    But that’s obvious. And it doesn’t mean there’s no place for Dropbox or any other consumer file-sharing tool.

    The reality is that every individual and business will value different pieces of content differently and place a value on security and reliability and fortunately, there’s hundreds of vendors out there—including Dropbox—with a solution tailored to meet those needs.

  2. DashimiM

    Quite a few companies (Bitrix24 is a classic example) managed to sign up tens of thousands of enterprise clients based on Dropbox secuirity issues, so I’d say it does matter. And it also matters what kinds of documents are being shared – because Dropbox offers no document management and collaboration features.

  3. Tristan Hudson

    Dropbox is one of those resources that can be useful to easily share non-sensitive information quickly. However I think it needs to stay at just that.

    Uploading sensitive information seems a ludicrous idea personally for a business. The security of your information is out of your hands if you leave it stored with Dropbox. If anything was to happen to this information it could have devastating effects depending on the nature of the content. As you stated the chance of something happening the Dropbox account is extremely low, but will always be a possibility.

    For a business, as short term sharing method it may suit ones needs, as a long term I don’t truly understand the reason a business would have to using it. They would have a lot more control over a internal system (where possible).

  4. Brett Dashwood

    An internal system may be able to be made more secure than Dropbox, but Dropbox uses SSL and 256-bit encryption, while all files stored online by Dropbox are encrypted and kept securely on Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) in multiple (physically) secure data centres.

    Maybe I’ve missed something, but this seems to be significantly better than many FTP or intranet solutions that many companies are using.