Posts Tagged ‘cloud storage’

Is it time to drop Dropbox?

May 2, 2014

ImageCondoleezza Rice’s appointment to the board of directors at Dropbox has sparked debate and fury amongst many of its users, with the most enraged pushing for a total boycott (

The former US secretary of state is infamous for publicly backing the NSA’s snooping activities, which understandably does not sit well with users looking for a safe place to store their data.

From a business perspective, sure, she’s a solid candidate for the job. She’s a highly-regarded intellectual with reams of experience in the tech industry, and her long list of influential contacts will probably open a lot of doors for the company. But users don’t care about any of that.

As users, we want secure cloud storage, with a provider that we feel comfortable with – which is exactly what Dropbox has always professed to be. In response to the angry backlash they have faced over the last few weeks, CEO Drew Houston commented:

“There’s nothing more important to us than keeping your stuff safe and secure. It’s why we’ve been fighting for transparency and government surveillance reform, and why we’ve been vocal and public with our principles and values.

We should have been clearer that none of this is going to change with Dr. Rice’s appointment to our Board. Our commitment to your rights and your privacy is at the heart of every decision we make, and this will continue.”

They’ve stuck to their guns, but whether or not this statement will be enough to appease or reassure Dropbox users is yet to be seen. Unfortunately, with services like Dropbox, we only tend to find out about any snooping once a data leak makes it into the press and the damage is already done.

There aren’t many ways around it, either. Aside from paying for expensive, private cloud storage that ensures encryption of data, you don’t have much choice but to leave security in the hands of your cloud storage provider. We can’t stress how important it is to read the privacy policy for services like Dropbox to know exactly where you stand in terms of data protection. Any service provider that handles your data should be totally transparent about how it is stored and who has access to it. Our privacy policy is readily available on the BuddyBackup website, and includes details on the methods of encryption we use when transferring your data from one buddy to another as well as what access we have to it (none).

A final piece of advice would be to store any sensitive information locally rather than in the cloud, and use a service like BuddyBackup to securely back it up to a trusted friend, relative or a second PC. That way you know exactly where your data is, and who has access to it, at all times.

Author: Cassie Holmes, BuddyBackup

Worried About Storing Your Data in the Cloud? BuddyBackup offers a Free and Secure Online Alternative

June 17, 2011

With question marks surrounding the safety of data stored in the cloud, highlighted recently by Amazon’s huge EC2 cloud crash, BuddyBackup allows PC users to store their information remotely, resiliently and for nothing.

BuddyBackup’s newly improved software lets users back-up unlimited data onto spare disk space on their friends’, family’s or colleagues’ computers for free. The system uses military-grade encryption so your ‘buddies’ can’t see your files.

“It gives users peace of mind to know that their files are backed up to people they know and trust and not an unknown server in cyberspace with questionable security levels,” says BuddyBackup Manager, Mark Couvaras.

Large servers face continuous threats from hackers as seen in the case of Sony, which led to data being stolen from 77 million accounts in April and a further attack this month with 1 million account details and passwords being accessed.

As seen, even the largest cloud operations are not immune to disasters; customers lost data permanently when Amazon’s EC2 cloud service crashed.

“In the past, online storage companies have been taken over resulting in data being lost. Others have gone bust, leaving customers unable to retrieve their files,” warns Mark.

“What’s more, terms and conditions can change, meaning that some unscrupulous companies might start charging you for storage if you want to get your data back.”

“BuddyBackup is a simple, secure and free alternative to the cloud. It’s robust because you can scatter your documents, photos, music and videos across lots of friends. And the more buddies you back up to, the safer your files are,” adds Mark.

Once a full back-up is completed, BuddyBackup constantly monitors your computer for changes and only uploads files that have been added or altered. The software backs up continuously as long as your buddies are online. If they’re not, the changes will be made as soon as they are back on again.

Buddybackup’s latest upgrade means you can now choose who the files should be backed up to, and how many backups should be made. For example, you can now set it so that your most vital files are backed up to 3 remotely located buddies, whereas your music is backed up only once to your USB drive. That way you don’t waste time and space making lots of backups of files which are less important.

“As well as serving home users, it’s a free and easy way for employees to back-up data on their laptops to a central computer in the office,” adds Mark.

“Plus, because you’re avoiding an online storage company or cloud server, BuddyBackup doesn’t add to the energy burden from power-hungry data centres, making it a greener option too.” – available in 11 different languages.

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