It seems like just about every day there is some sort of hack involving an online service. Today’s hack is from Dropbox.
A user posted files on Reddit that contained a bunch of usernames and passwords for Dropbox accounts. The poster said there were close to 7,000,000 more, but asked for Bitcoin donations to reveal them.
Users of the popular cloud storage client Dropbox have learned the hard way that cloud storage is not 100% reliable thanks to a bug in Dropbox’s desktop client that caused users of Selective Sync to lose years of media. Dropbox confirmed the bug and is acting accordingly, releasing an updated desktop client and preventing the old versions from working. The company is also implementing new safeguards to prevent future incidents.
Dropbox is currently in the process of rolling out a small, staged update for its official Android application via the Google Play Store. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade brings users the ability to export files directly to an SD card, together with the usual plethora of bug fixes, stability improvements and speed optimizations.
There seems to be a lot of talk about security and privacy today. First Apple took shots at Google in their statement about privacy. Then it was revealed that Google would enable device encryption by default in Android L. Now Google is collaborating with Dropbox, the Open Technology Fund, and leading security researchers for Simply Secure, a new organization that will make open source security tools simpler and easier for people to use.
Many of the security tools that are in place are just too complicated for the average consumer. Take two-factor authentication for instance. It’s widely used in many services, including Gmail and Dropbox, but so few people utilize it. Most people don’t even lock their smartphones.
Dropbox has announced some major revisions to the Dropbox Pro paid subscription version of their service. The update brings some enhancements related to security in response to customer requests. Dropbox is also simplifying their pricing and increasing the storage available. Previously, Dropbox Pro was priced at $9.99 per month for 100 GB of space. Users could bump that up to a maximum of 500 GB of space for $50 per month. Now, Dropbox is keeping the pricing the same but users get 1 TB of storage space instead.
Dropbox has updated their photo viewing application, Carousel, with a few new features, plus support for Android L. This update brings the app up to version 1.1.4 which is the first actual update to the app that wasn’t just for bug fixes. The (relatively short) change log is below.
A new update to Dropbox was pushed out today, that allows users to preview PDF, Word, and Powerpoint documents before downloading and sharing, which is sure to save some time. In addition, the search function has been improved to include recent search tracking, typehead suggestions, and the highlighting of search terms.
Check out a full change log and Play Store download links after the break.
If you’re a Todoist user, you’re about to get a few nice upgrades that should help you stay on top of sharing and managing files. The company announced that they are bringing both Google Drive and Dropbox integration, plus support for managing and adding native files.
If you’re a free user that’s previously shared a project with other users, you’ll be able to attach images, spreadsheets, documents, etc. directly from Google Drive and Dropbox from within Todoist. Unfortunately, they’re restricting that feature from users that haven’t shared any projects.
Before you could even be affected (to their knowledge), Dropbox has already fixed a security flaw. In a company blog post, Dropbox informed users that they found a security flaw coming from shared links through third-party websites. The issue comes from a third-party website’s access to referer headers when links are posted. But because of this, the links “can be inadvertently disclosed to unintended recipients.”
So for now, Dropbox has shutdown shared links that provide access to a user’s documents. And over the next few days, access will be restored after being verified.
Since Dropbox was released, it has become a very useful tool for many businesses. Despite this fact, Dropbox today released Dropbox for Business, which has been in beta for a while.
Dropbox for business allows users to connect their account to a new business account, and you can access both from a device. It provides more control over corporate data, allowing for remote data wipes and the ability to track data access.
Dropbox also revealed the new “Project Harmony” today, which is a set of collaboration tools for users while using Microsoft Office. Project Harmony is built to work with any application, so more partnerships will come soon.
Via: Mobile Syrup