Your data is increasingly being stored on the cloud, and it’s hard to imagine that this will change very soon.
Since they first appeared on the market a few years ago, I’ve been an enormous admirer of cloud-based services.
However, it also raises security problems, as seen by the latest Dropbox hack.
Here’s what The Dropbox Blog reported if you’re unfamiliar.
An employee’s Dropbox account holding a project document with user email addresses was also compromised using a stolen password.
This unauthorized access, we suspect, is what caused the spam.
We’re sorry for the inconvenience, and we’ve put in place extra safeguards to prevent it from happening again.
Although this raises issues about why a Dropbox employee would have access to a list of user emails, we must nonetheless deal with it.
Here’s an example of a vulnerability that was caused by the end-user.
Many recent hacks at Security firms and large organizations have been made using email credentials, but that’s not important for this discussion.
Some security experts shun all technology, but I like to deal with the problems.
We’re now getting to the objective of this essay, which is how to secure your data while still utilizing Dropbox and other cloud-based services.
Your Data is Secure
Because I believe in open-source, I set out to find a solution.
TrueCrypt, a free, open-source, on-the-fly encryption program, popped up during my search.
After a brief peeks at its website, I was unimpressed. However, after putting those first emotions aside, I immediately got captivated.
Your first impressions of the site included the following:
Works on a variety of platforms, such as:
The following operating systems are supported: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X, and Linux.
Creates an encrypted virtual drive.
Automatic (on the fly), real-time, and transparent encryption
Over 24 million downloads of the show
My research revealed that the idea was somewhat functional, so I decided to give it a shot.
Installing and utilizing TrueCrypt with Dropbox is what I’ll cover in the remainder of this essay.