May 16, 2011

Dropping the ball

Consumerist reports that the FTC is accusing Dropbox of deceptive trade practices in that their services aren't nearly as secured / encrypted as they claim. Whether or not this is the case, I'd have to wonder about anyone (especially anyone using the free service) actually using the service to store sensitive data. The most 'sensitive' thing I keep on Dropbox is my resume, which is freely available from several places online (not the least of which is my website. Aside from that I mostly use it for temp storage to move (non sensitive) files between my pc and my iPad. Maybe I'm just paranoid, but there are just some things that I just have no plans of ever trusting to the 'cloud'. As such I can't say the FTC's complaints particularly bother me either way.

If you, on the other hand, are the type who likes to store, say, backups of their taxes to services like this, all I can say is that you're a braver soul then I...not sure if I'd say smarter, but definitely braver.

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