What is the safest, simplest alternative to DropBox?

Mio October 8, 2014
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I have a number of large files (less than 20MB) I need to receive from a client, but they contain confidential information that we want to keep protected.

Recently, we’ve been having trouble with things gettings dropped from our e-mail, so I am looking for an alternative source. However, some of these clients are not the most tech savvy (some of them have trouble with printing and scanning) and I want to keep things as simple as possible for them, while also keeping the files secure.

After reading an article on your website Better Than Dropbox: The 6 Quickest Ways to Share Any File With Anyone There are simpler ways to share files than Dropbox. Here are the best free file sharing tools for fast file transfers. Read More , I found some alternatives, which could be useful but nothing regarding how secure they are was mentioned.

My question is: What is the safest, simplest alternative to DropBox?

  1. mremixer
    October 12, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Weezo.net, its software you install & has literally thousands of uses for sharing, hosting your own site. Not entirely sure on its security/encryption but i find it useful in so many ways.

    Its windows only software but is based in php for the majority so i'm sure a coder could adapt for other os's. The only downside is its french speaking forum for help, even in these days of translation software its sometimes hard to follow along BUT dont let that put you off giving it a go its actually setup to work out of the box pretty simply from the off for 99% of configurations its only the odd one that falls foul of the odd quirks now & again.

  2. Andrew Kelley
    October 12, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I totally prefer http://www.copy.com you get 20GB of free storage and it has the ability to share files in a few different ways including e-mail, you can decide whether tho place security on a share or not, and of course you can remove the share links at any time. This alone makes it way more secure than any e-mail and the likely hood of the e-mail dropping the link would be virtually unheard of. As stated by another, there are many sites out there that offer these services, and as to the security of them ,,, well, for a great part that relies on your handling of your account password, to be a good password you cannot use any dictionary based words or names, they need to be at least 8 characters (preferably more) with a mixture of upper and lowercase letters, a number, and if allowed a special character (ie. !?#~ etc.). At any rate, if you want to keep it as simple for others that need to access the file, stay away from proprietary bullying, you do not want a service that requires you to install their client on the computer receiving the file, to do so negates the whole en-devour.

  3. Ryan Flowers
    October 12, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I personally use a Virtual Private Server that I already had with an installation of OwnCloud (http://owncloud.org) with file encryption enabled. It's secure, the software is free, it's *mine* and you can host it anywhere that php/mysql are supported. It's not difficult to set up for most geeks, and I'm sure there are places that sell OwnCloud hosting as well.

  4. Oron J
    October 9, 2014 at 11:33 am

    I don't quite undestand why you are asking for an "alternative to Dropbox" as by your own account you have been using email to transfer the files. Likewise, how secure does the system need to be? Email, after all, is not so secure...

    Yaara's article provides a pretty good list to begin with. BitTorrent Sync is a good solution, but may not be would be simple enough for your clients. Hightail.com (formerly yousendit.com) allows you to send files either directly from the desktop via an app. Finally, there are many file sharing sites with security features. My favourite is minus.com which is easy to use and allows you to set passwords to files or folders. Wikisend.com also looks very good, althoguh I haven't tried it myself.

  5. dragonmouth
    October 9, 2014 at 1:07 am

    The safest, simplest alternative to DropBox and other cloud storage is an external drive that you control.

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