Radu Polizu

In a remote production environment the access to files is critical. But more critical is the security of these files.

Dropbox is one of the most widespread products for storing and exchanging files. It is efficient and relatively easy to manage.

However Dropbox has a history of being hacked. But more often, in professional environments where multiple people access the content, Dropbox access is compromised because of lack of security guidelines.

The desire to hack Dropbox comes from its ubiquity. Almost everybody has a Dropbox account. If you want to hack a system chances are it will be done to systems that are used by the majority of people to make the effort worthwhile. As an example is that hackers develop less viruses for Mac than for PCs because the market share of Mac system is so small.

The advantage of using cloud backup vs. Dropbox stands in its diversity. There are numerous solutions out there in a very competitive market that lowered the price considerably in the last several years.

The cloud access is normally controlled by an IT admin who is trained to adhere to the security guidelines. They creates permissions for various employees and clients as well as the ability to revoke as needed.

Additionally, cloud technology can offer selective access between buckets, giving the possibility to access a specific folder down on the structural tree without seeing the content of the others buckets or even the other folders in the same buckets.

This useful article examines some of the Dropbox security issues