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If you're running out of cloud storage, here's another free service you might be interested in. Right now, you can sign up for 5GB of free online storage over at Sync.com which is great for those of you who need to back up some files but don't have other alternatives. The real draw of this service, is that all files are encrypted and they guarantee privacy. While most of us probably don't need super-duper security, it is always nice to have peace of mind when you store photos, videos or documents online.

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    • Been using Sync for two years now & I can say they are reputable
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    • It's against forum rules to post referral links.
      Thanks! Removed. Hope this helps someone then.
      Just a note: Although posting referral links in the thread is not allowed, anyone planning on signing up feel free to send a PM, to the OP or to those of us who are already sync.com members, for an extra 1GB bonus. :)
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    • are you certain that sync.com employee can see the data? Base on the information on "How it works", it is using private key for encryption and in that case, only the users can decrypt the data.
      https://www.sync.com/how-it-works

      The problem is: we don't know the reputation of the company. You never know if there is any backdoor in the software that may leak the key, or a weakness in method of encryption that can be cracked. AES is safe but there can be weakness in the implementation.

      Doesn't matter if they encrypt since they (dropbox) do so with their own key. It's like saying your car is secure because it's locked, and then keeping the key taped to the roof.
      It is amazing how many people don't understand the basics of data security. Encrypted != secured.

      If it is encrypted as it should be, they service providers' employees wouldn't be able to see your files, and it certainly wouldn't be possible for breaches like that "log in to any account with any password for 4 hours" to occur.
      There are very few services that actually do this mostly because it complicates things like sharing and increases disk use dramatically since they can't detect identical files stored by several users (deduplication).
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    • No, you are completely right. But as far as I know with sync.com they will hand over only the encrypted data to the government if asked. All data is encrypted so that even its own people won't get access unless you provide them your password as far as I am aware.
      Doesn't matter if they encrypt since they (dropbox) do so with their own key. It's like saying your car is secure because it's locked, and then keeping the key taped to the roof.
      It is amazing how many people don't understand the basics of data security. Encrypted != secured.

      If it is encrypted as it should be, they service providers' employees wouldn't be able to see your files, and it certainly wouldn't be possible for breaches like that "log in to any account with any password for 4 hours" to occur.
      There are very few services that actually do this mostly because it complicates things like sharing and increases disk use dramatically since they can't detect identical files stored by several users (deduplication).
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    • Dropbox already uses encryption and so is every other reputable cloud data storage company.

      Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/help/27/en
      No, you are completely right. But as far as I know with sync.com they will hand over only the encrypted data to the government if asked. All data is encrypted so that even its own people won't get access unless you provide them your password as far as I am aware.
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    • What is the point you're trying to make?
      None, I was just pointing that there are such services out there, services that might be useful to some.
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    • Not trully encrypted.
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    • You don't say? The breach occurred 3 years ago, of course the article is from then. Were you expecting a link providing live coverage?
      :facepalm:
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    • Related...

      Box wants to let businesses control cloud encryption keys “this year”
      Government data requests might be thwarted if customers own the encryption keys.

      Box CEO Aaron Levie told Ars last September that the cloud storage company is trying to build a service that would let customers store data in Box data centers but would keep encryption keys in-house. Today, he said it might be available before the end of this year.

      Such a system could make it impossible for Box to turn customer data over to the government in a readable format. “In the history of our entire company this has never happened to an enterprise customer,” he said, referring to “blind subpoenas” in which the government demands access to a customer’s data without that customer being told. But government requests are still a risk.

      “We are working on an encryption key solution right now. We’re still figuring out the exact details of how we want to integrate it with a customer environment. We do see that for very large or sensitive organizations that this is going to be an important solution for them,” he said.

      read more http://arstechnica.com/information-tech ... this-year/
      Yes the keys absolutely need to be kept away from the service providers. The only thing that ever touches my Dropbox/cloud storage accounts are my truecrypt containers.
      Unfortunately this is not ideal because you lose much of the convenience that these services are supposed to offer, but there is no way I am uploading a single file that isn't fully secured on my end first.
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    • It's encrypted with their own key. Their employees can see everything.
      Any service that does deduplication is insecure.
      http://techcrunch.com/2011/06/20/dropbo ... our-hours/
      Related...

      Box wants to let businesses control cloud encryption keys “this year”
      Government data requests might be thwarted if customers own the encryption keys.

      Box CEO Aaron Levie told Ars last September that the cloud storage company is trying to build a service that would let customers store data in Box data centers but would keep encryption keys in-house. Today, he said it might be available before the end of this year.

      Such a system could make it impossible for Box to turn customer data over to the government in a readable format. “In the history of our entire company this has never happened to an enterprise customer,” he said, referring to “blind subpoenas” in which the government demands access to a customer’s data without that customer being told. But government requests are still a risk.

      “We are working on an encryption key solution right now. We’re still figuring out the exact details of how we want to integrate it with a customer environment. We do see that for very large or sensitive organizations that this is going to be an important solution for them,” he said.

      read more http://arstechnica.com/information-tech ... this-year/
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    • You realise that's an article from 3 years ago, do you ?
      You don't say?
      The breach occurred 3 years ago, of course the article is from then. Were you expecting a link providing live coverage?
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    • I would not trust my personal files with any 3rd party company. Invest in your own NAS
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    • I have done some research and they are reputable. Canadian owned. So far it works and looks similarly like Dropbox with the 256bit encryption security.
      would you mind sharing with us your research?
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    • that's not what I am looking for but thanks for the effort anyway.
      It really only worries me when I don't know who is running the show. They're based out of Markham, but absolutely no details about their team or published articles exist on their Press page. The first page of Google just shows mostly the company page, blog, and a bunch of affiliate marketing blog posts.

      Free space is free space, but I wouldn't trust anything sensitive with them, would maybe just use it as an alternative backup destination for smaller files.
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    • that's not what I am looking for but thanks for the effort anyway.
      I have done some research and they are reputable. Canadian owned. So far it works and looks similarly like Dropbox with the 256bit encryption security.
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    • I have done some research and they are reputable. Canadian owned. So far it works and looks similarly like Dropbox with the 256bit encryption security.
      Is sync.com a reputable service provider?
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    • Is sync.com a reputable service provider?
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    • Thanks! Removed. Hope this helps someone then.
      It's against forum rules to post referral links.
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    • I don't know if I am allowed but the link I posted is a referral link. If you sign up you get 500MB additional space free for you and I.
      It's against forum rules to post referral links.
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