You get what you pay for.
The bottom line with free cloud-based storage services like Dropbox is that you get the type of security you pay for with them, a Toronto security expert warns. Since those services are absolutely free, users should not expect them to be secure – even though they are popular, easy to use and look incredibly secure, said Stephen Perciballi, security practice lead at Toronto cloud services provider Softchoice.
“There is a perception out there that (these free services) are secure because people see the slick branding of the product and see that it works very well on their computers,” Perciballi said. “Then they see this company has created an Android app or an iPhone app. So the fact that this company has made this service so easy to use and is offering so much for free, well it must be (secure), right?”
Dropbox acknowledged in August 2012 that thousands of its users had spam sent to other accounts that were linked to their Dropbox accounts. An investigation found that a Dropbox employee had his password stolen for a non-Dropbox account. The thieves then used that password to hack into his Dropbox account, which contained a document with Dropbox user email addresses in it. Those email addresses were used to send massive spam messages to accounts owned by Dropbox users.It was the second serious security breach reported at Dropbox. Just over a year ago, the company accidentally turned off its password authentication system, allowing anyone to access Dropbox user files without a password
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