We encrypt your data before sending it to dropbox. Here’s why this is a good idea.

dropboxHackedHackers claim to have stolen more than 7 million account usernames and passwords from Dropbox servers. Dropbox denies these claims, saying that the information was taken from services unrelated to Dropbox. While we can all breath a sigh of relief knowing the Dropbox wasn’t actually hacked, here are a few comments Abine has on the matter…

First of all, Dropbox has many times over indicated they prefer ease of use over privacy and security.  Because of its stance on encryption (now weaker than Apple’s defaults announced in iOS8), it’s simply not the safest place to store raw files.  (note: Abine loves the ease of use of the service and uses it to store and sync already-encrypted information)

Secondly, hackers “testing” whether you re-use your email and password combinations on sites that might have treasure-troves of data (naked pics?) or financial information is becoming increasingly common.  Why wouldn’t they?  90% of people still re-use their passwords at most sites.  And 99% of people re-use the same personal email address as well.  This makes it a cakewalk for hackers to test out where the weakest links with the highest value data lies.

What to do: Dropbox is recommending you change your password.  Well, band-aids are band-aids.  Abine recommends you try our masking services which make you new passwords AND email addresses for sites you use (which really stops hackers from even being able to test hacking you across sites).  Better yet?  We make it as easy and fast to login to any account as it is to put a file on Dropbox (which you should try to encrypt first!).




7 comments shared on this article:

  • WC says:

    Appreciate the update, however, the safest thing to do is NOT use the “cloud” under any circumstances. With today’s hard drives at 1 TB, memory sticks up to 1 TB and peripheral wireless storage devices in the TB’s, the “cloud” is unnecessary in most cases. In addition, some sites make it near impossible to change your email address without opening a new account and login. Otherwise, Abine’s masked emails are truly a blessing.

    • Huzz says:

      I am sorry WC – but that is just impractical in today’s connected world. Also – the cloud is inevitable. You should read What Technology Wants by: Kevin Kelly.

  • Spamlet says:

    I find MaskMe indispensable, but I am finding an increasing number of sites that reject the email addresses it makes up. How long before all sites prevent masking?

    • Amy says:

      Just used one right here! 😉 I am not finding the masked forwarding email addresses are rejected at all. Earthlink webmail offers the same option, except they provide a designated number (package) of encrypted alternate emails that forward for each Earthlink email address. They encourage you to use them when you don’t want to give out your real email address. I have only used one of those. I have an email subscriber list and I have noticed several use the alternate encrypted (masked) emails. Aweber has no problem accepting them and delivering to them like straight forward addresses.

      I think it may be more likely that advertisers and behavioral tracking companies may come up with sophisticated ways to track even masked users based upon some “energy signature” their device emits or something. Their whole business is tied to being able to track on the web and sell the raw data. Either that or they come up with a new business model!

      So companies like Abine will have to be very alert and tuned in so they can alternatively update their tracking deception methods and technology.

  • Laf says:

    I also find abine indispensable and before I’ve used go.to ( or on.to etc ) site for masking my emails. But just like go.to gone after two years and I’ve needed to find another masking sites, I am always afraid how long will abine be alive?

    About the clouds, are they inevitable or not, I think they are 100% . Poeple can’t always bring with them all the hard drives or flashdrives. 😀 What if they find themselves suddenly on some place where they need some documents, for example, and the hard drive is at home?

  • Dr.Zarkoff says:

    For years I have used site unique mail forwarders and my own domains to provide greater security and better spam management. So far this approach has worked well, and it has allowed me to give several site owners a heads up when they were compromised.

    However, we have reached a point where criminal activity is making the Internet unsafe to use. But it does not stop there. Hardware manufacturing and the supply chain is scattered across the world, presenting numerous opportunities for firmware compromises in what should otherwise be a trusted aspects of our electronic infrastructure. Threats may present themselves in the form of the firmware of the very local drives one poster has suggested as a cloud alternative.

    But of all the components placing us at risk, perhaps the greatest is the human factor. Laziness, ignorance, and a lack of professionalism in the management of many companies, not to mention legions of clueless consumers, do much to enable cyber crime.

    I don’t have a lot of answers, but after 40 years in the field, I am saddened to see the state which technology has reached, and the ways in which much of it is being used. In the early days we never looked at what we were developing as a better way to view porn, a better tool for governments and corporations to spy on people, or organized crime’s new best friend.

  • Jane Veigas says:

    I am planning to online a new website. . .
    but now the guy’s who are making the website. ?
    Is asking me to spend 50k for Web Security.they are talking about something 256bit encrption…
    help me if you have any ideas for the message

    I feel like I have no one else to help

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