I use multiple machines, and I use shared data and files (1Password database, Lightroom catalogs, tax returns, etc.) on those machines. Nothing has been as useful as Dropbox for making that a completely painless way to live.
Until Dropbox decided to suck.
- After claiming “no one can access your data, not even us!” and “all your data is encrypted” it was discovered that the data is only encrypted once it arrives on Dropbox servers and employees have access to the encryption key for your data – the only thing preventing them accessing your private data is an internal policy against that. After that cute little deception, I can’t trust a policy to protect my data.
- They made a coding mistake that allowed any password to work on any account, and left the mistake public for over four hours. Every account on the system was open to the world. When it was discovered, they fixed it but said nothing.
- Their idea of “press releases” for important news like the password debacle amounts to a blog post on their obscure blog that nobody reads.
- They changed their Terms to claim almost every legal right known to mankind on every file you put in Dropbox. That’s when I closed my account.
Dropbox can be used for:
- Syncronizing files between multiple machines
- Sharing files publicly
The Dropbox people (now filthy stinking rich bastards who will likely care even less about their customers thanks to huge VC funding they mostly pocketed rather than increasing the security of their product) seem to focus on the ‘sharing files publicly’ use case. This is reflected in their attitude in the forums, their product design of data de-duplication and no user-controlled encryption, and in their recent Terms changes. My use of Dropbox, sync’ing private files between machines, has nothing to do with sharing anything publicly and really needs more security.
Here’s the rub. Still, nothing works as well. I picked Wuala because it is more secure and I could get more storage space for free. But it’s slow as hell and I think it just corrupted my Lightroom catalog file. F*#K!! I can’t believe I’m considering using Dropbox again. I despise the Dropbox people don’t agree with how the people behind Dropbox run their company and their product, but I love the Dropbox product. It’s my nemesis. It could be so much better, too, but they don’t care.
I hope and pray that iCloud solves this before I cave in and go crawling back to Dropbox.