May you’ve heard about the Dropbox authentication bug (read it here, here or for the german readers here) wich has appeared on last Monday, the 20th June. There was a lot of utter confusion about it… and a lot of users were angry and very unhappy of how Dropbox has handled the problem. Hey people! Human error happens! Even in the Software development or in communication… you may know what I mean Wake up!
I’m a frequent-user of the Dropbox service because it helps me to access some of my files everywhere or share it easily with others. Any file you save to Dropbox is instantly saved to your computers, phones, pad and the Dropbox website. It is very useful to me. I’m not crying about the security glitch… why? Because I’m not stupid enough to keep anything sensitive on Dropbox. If you need some kind of security please install e.g. Truecrypt and place the virtual encrypted disk in your Dropbox. But keep in mind… it’s still in the “cloud”.
All of this storage “cloud” services have sooner or later some issues with security or other unforeseen problems – remember Amazon’s cloud-based EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) failure? That can happen to anyone. Even Apple’s iCloud, which I think is really great, will not be just the thing… I’m sure. Honestly. If you need sensitive data immdiatly available to you anywhere in the world, put it on an SD card and carry it in your pocket or wallet.
I guess the Dropbox quality assurance (QA) will try hard to avoid that these things happen again. They are surely embarrassed about such a mistake (hopefully!). So be cool, calm down, take a coffee, enjoy your life, use your Dropbox or another service of your trust.