Time to ditch Dropbox

It pains me to say but it’s time to get rid of Dropbox. It’s been an amazing free service but the security breaches and flaky terms of service have me thinking this is not the place to store my files. And no, I don’t have anything cool or top secret but that doesn’t mean I want some damn fool being able to access my account without my knowledge. Or have Dropbox turn over the contents for no apparent reason.

I also think this shows why Cloud computing and storing things in the Cloud is problematic and quite frankly dangerous. Dropbox made it easy to get files onto my iPad and to make files and information I had at work available to me at home. It’s a very nice system but when the Gatekeepers are asleep at the wheel what are you gaining? One small mistake and the information for millions of users is just sitting out there waiting for anyone and everyone to read. And this isn’t an isolated incident.

Considering the amount of hackery going on these days by renegade factions seeking to make a name for themselves and embarrass companies it makes you wonder if your data is safe under the best of conditions. Sony has been raked over the coals multiple times, government agencies have been harassed, so who knows what the next target is. When some brainless code flaw like this makes its way into the mix you might as well just pull down your pants and bend over.

I think my data is much safer on my own machine tucked away.

It’s been a great ride but you’re more dangerous and buggy than a Thai Bath House.

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