Dropbox has been both helpful to many and criticized by security experts. This service, a type of cloud service that is free for the first 2GB, per registered user, is excellent for being a general backup for students and for anyone who has information they would like to move between devices, like photos and large documents.
While it NEVER professes to be a secure service – this company has been reliable and they are interested in improving their security quality. For a general repository of PDF documents, large documents and things that we don’t care if others see, Dropbox has been a very helpful service to many. Additionally, as mentioned in previous posts of this blog, Dropbox can be used to store encrypted password databases like Zatetec Strip and 1Password, which IS a secure solution. These databases are already encrypted, so if stolen, they have no value to the thief. For a more complicated means of encryption, people can download and install a <2GB TruCrypt container in their Dropbox account as well.
In an effort to bring more security to this service, as mentioned by Brian Krebs on his famous security blog, Dropbox just introduced two factor verification. This is good news for those who keep private information off the service but want to provide slightly more security to their Dropbox account for free.