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If your files are of a very sensitive nature then you should already be taking measures to secure them regardless of any promises or the good reputation of the service. If however these files are of 'normal' sensitivity then the risk of bad press will usually be enough to guarantee they're good behaviour, after all your files are probably worth less to ...


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There is no way you can tell if the companies can get access to your files, and given that they could probably bypass your password for login - it's likely that they could get to your files if they really wanted to. The only way to be 100% sure that you alone have access to your files is to encrypt them or host the service yourself. In the latter case, you ...


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In general you can't but here are two things that you can check on how they are storing your password: If you just sign-up to a service and they are sending you a confirmation e-mail with your password as a plain text, then simply forget about this service! They should store a hash of your password, not the password as cleartext. Nobody should know your ...


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If you feel you can't trust them, you might be interested in TarSnap - "Online backups for the truly paranoid", developed by Colin Percival.


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Not sure about Dropbox. But from the Wuala service I am using, this is what they claim: Wuala protects your privacy: In stark contrast to most other online storage services, all your files get encrypted on your computer, so that no one - including the employees at Wuala and LaCie - can access your private files. Your password never leaves your ...


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My default expectation is that no third party, unless contractually bound, is worthy of any trust regarding my personal information. Indeed, many websites traffic specifically in selling any information gathered to whomever ponies up sufficient cash. I personally make an exception for Google for a few reasons. The first is that they understand the value of ...


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I wouldn't use Dropbox to host content because it will stop serving the resource if it's used too much: We watch carefully for any fraudulent use of Dropbox public links and will suspend suspicious links when they are detected. Links that use up more than 10GB/day for Basic (free) accounts and 250GB/day for Pro (paid) accounts are automatically ...


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What do you mean by 'trust'? I'll assume you're talking about data loss. If you are talking about data backups and preventing loss of data, you need to take responsibility for backing up your data. You can count on the company you are paying to do their best, but you have no real idea what their best IS until the feces hits the fan, at which point it's a ...



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