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Dropbox and Box Leaked Shared Private Files Through Google 92

judgecorp writes: "People using shared storage providers such as Box and Dropbox are leaking data, a competitor has discovered. Links to shared files leak out when those links are accidentally put into the Google search box, or if users click links from within the documents. Dropbox competitor Intralinks stumbled across mortgage applications and bank statements while checking Google Analytics data for a Google Adwords campaign. Graham Cluley explains the problem in detail and suggests answers: for Dropbox users, it means upgrading to the Business version, which lets you restrict access to shared document links." Dropbox has posted an official response and disabled access to previously shared links. Box made a vague statement about their awareness of the issue.
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Dropbox and Box Leaked Shared Private Files Through Google

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  • by amxcoder ( 1466081 ) on Wednesday May 07, 2014 @01:12AM (#46936733)
    Yes, dropbox used to mention this in the documentation (don't know if they still do), but if you put it in your public folder, it is public. I believe they used to say that it was even accessible without a link, if someone knew (or guessed) the specific folder+filename. One reason why I keep everything inside subject folders (within the public area) and not just plopped into the public folder en-mass, as it makes it harder to guess as you would have to guess the folder-name as well.

    On another note, another think I do when I send a document (like applications or forms with personal data on them), is I upload the file to a custom folder, then send the link to the recipient with the specific instructions that they let me know once they've downloaded it, so I can delete it off dropbox. That way, in most cases, it's only available for a few minutes to maybe a couple hours at most, and if anyone happens to intercept the URL, the chances of the file still being there are slim, as it's deleted as soon as the intended recipient gets it. The only way it can be stolen, is if someone intercepts the email AND tries to download the file faster than the recipient does. While it's not fool proof, it's not a bad idea completely. Surely it's better than attaching the file to an email that gets passed through several servers along the way and copies are kept at each of those points.

    I have to say though, in most cases, when someone sends me a file, I despise when they want to do a "share" rather than send me a download URL. The share semi-permanently links my account to theirs at that point, and takes up space on my allotment of space. Just send me a download link.

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