Is there a secure file hosting service?

Tonight I was at my kids school event, and a friend called me over  to tell me that he ran into my blog post about the problems with Dropbox, and wondered if there is a good alternative and what I thought about the other solutions such as Evernote, to which I only have a little detail so far. I was planning on really digging into these solutions soon, but now seems like the time. So I’m going to be starting some research with my team to see what we can find.

So far there are the following solutions to dig into

  • Dropbox – Already know some of the problems. Has some add-ons popping up to help with security byt generally breaks multi-platform support
  • Evernote – Solid player in the space, but there are problems to look into
  • SugarSync – Another decent looking solution, but need to dig into it more
  • Box.net – Decent looking as well, but will research
  • SparkleShare - Nice looking Open Source project to have your own service.
  • RubyDrop - Another Open Source project to have your own Dropbox like service

I’m looking forward to finding out what can be learned in this process, and maybe after finding the collective set of problems, I can offer suggestions to those looking for a solution.

Its even possible that I could some up with suggestions on how to solve the problems so that they may be avoided by other entries into the market.

Will keep you posted on my progress…

About Dan Kuykendall
Dan Kuykendall is the founder and co-CEO at the premier application security solutions provider NT OBJECTives, Inc. Throughout his career, Dan has helped develop advanced dynamic application security testing software, a fundamental aspect to NT OBJECTives’ reputation as a leader in comprehensive web application scanning. Dan has also worked for McAfee’s Foundstone and Fortis, where he founded the U.S. Information Security team. Connect with Dan on Google+

4 Comments on Is there a secure file hosting service?

  1. Andre Gironda // May 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm // Reply

    Is there something wrong with Google Docs?
    http://rdist.root.org/2011/05/09/encrypted-google-docs-done-well/

    Have you tried rsync?

  2. Google docs is a pretty cool solution, but doesnt really handle random file sharing between devices, anything from zip files, docs, pdfs, mp3, ppt, photoshop files, etc. So while I think google docs is a nifty service, I dont see it as a solution for what users use dropbox type solutions to accomplish.

  3. What about CX.com? I’ve used it briefly, and they offer more space than dropbox does with the free account.

  4. Have used sugar and drop. Both decent products, lack any real functionality or enterprise multi-user functionality.
    We are launching a new project middle of August that we built to handle a multi-user, multiple department corporate environment. Check us out on August 15, 2011. The core was built as a white label custom backoffice plugin. http://www.filocity.com.

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