BYOD sync 'n share
Dropbox is popular for sync'ing and sharing files across smartphones, tablets, notebooks and desktop PCs. I use it myself in my all-Apple computing universe of iMac, MBA, iPad and iPhone, and I use it in preference to Apple's iCloud. The killer aspect for me? Dropbox is a device icon that acts like a folder of files. God knows what iCloud is; it screws up calendar sync and iTunes music and film sync and that kills it stone dead for me. And I don't care if I'm doing something wrong; the damn thing should just sort it out. With Dropbox there is no wrong to do; file drag 'n drop being pretty basic.
Dropbox doesn't do calendars or iTunes music/film sync but I don't care about that. Nice features but not mandatory. What about security?
Dropbox uses modern encryption methods to both transfer and store your data.
- Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and AES-256 bit encryption
- Dropbox website and client software have been hardened against attacks from hackers
- Public files are only viewable by people who have a link to the file(s). Public folders are not browsable or searchable
- Dropbox uses Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) for storage, which has a robust security policy of its own.
That's good enough, surely?
Longer term I reckon file sync 'n share will become an O/S feature and stop being a separate product category, much like deduplication became a universal feature. But the OS/s will have to become much slicker and reliable at file sharing.
A I right or am I wrong?