Why are you still using Dropbox?
Wherever we go we always see that people are using Dropbox, it is everywhere and people try to get us to use it all the time but why should we?
For those few of you that don’t know, Dropbox is an online (cloud) file storage and sharing utility. You can upload pictures, documents, videos and share them with other people and businesses.
So what’s the problem?
Well for starters you only get 2gb of free storage, to gain more storage you can either pay for it or if you recommend friends then you can gain up to 16gb (not too bad really apart from the trying to force the product on other folk). However, in comparison Microsoft’s SkyDrive (soon to be known as OneDrive) will give you 7 GB of free storage straight up without the need to hassle others in to using their services.
Ok, so that’s not a major issue but there is one, two or three (or four!) other issues with Dropbox and that is Security!
In 2011 Dropbox suffered a very embarrassing incident when a code update gone wrong allowed any user to log on to anyone’s account using any password over a period of four hours: http://money.cnn.com/2011/06/22/technology/dropbox_passwords/
In 2012 Dropbox again suffered another incident when it was hacked and used as a relay for SPAM emails prompting their two tier authentication process: http://arstechnica.com/security/2012/07/dropbox-confirms-it-got-hacked-will-offer-two-factor-authentication/. This incident (which was still evident in 2013) also saw thousands of Dropbox usernames and passwords stolen and later published online: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/08/01/dropbox-password-breach-leak_n_1727338.html
In 2013 two security researchers once again hacked Dropbox to prove that the security was insufficient and released a paper on how they did it: http://www.businessinsider.com/researchers-prove-dropbox-can-be-hacked-2013-8
Now, here we are in the first month of 2014 and rumour has it that on 10/01/14 Dropbox was hacked again bringing its website down, 1775Sec claimed credit for the disturbance. However, Dropbox is claiming that the website went down due to a maintenance error: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/10/anonymous-member-claims-to-have-hacked-dropbox/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 Either way Dropbox has had a pretty shaky history when it comes to this sort of thing and an admission of another hack could potentially seal the online services fate.
Many users and businesses have left to find alternatives but hundreds of thousands still remain, most people I speak to are unaware about Dropbox’s chequered past and are shocked when we explain what has happened, others shrug their shoulders and exclaim that they don’t care.
Regardless of if the data is personal, corporate or irrelevant nonsense the issue still stands that Dropbox has been proved to be an insecure service time and time again.
It’s time to look for alternatives and that time is now!