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Could Dropbox Cause Security Issues at Work?

 Could Dropbox Cause Security Issues at Work?

Dropbox have recently reported that over 100 million people now use their file hosting service that offers cloud storage. Add to that the fact that one in five people use it at work and you could have a breach of security on your hands.

Released in 2008, Dropbox helps make file sharing a lot easier by allowing the user to create a folder on their computer that is synchronized across any computers or mobile phones that have Dropbox installed, and logged in using the same account details.

Our Survey Says…

According to recent surveys, one out of five business users say that they use the sync and share service with work documents not actually knowing that this is against the rules.

In my opinion, the fear factor enters here because the control aspect is lost, as IT departments cannot track files and documents that go beyond their reach. This ends up making life hard for these kinds of departments who are responsible for keeping company data as secure as possible.

According to the survey Marketing departments make the most of the service with Engineering dropping in behind, whilst Finance and Sales bring up the rear.

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In terms of who uses Dropbox then you may be surprised to know that Directors are the highest percentage of users, with C-Level slotting into second, and Staff and Management down in third.

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Why Dropbox is Ideal

Let’s face it guys, Dropbox is easy to setup and even easier to use. If you are looking to take work home, or if you are on a long train journey, then Dropbox is the perfect solution.

The fact that a lot of file sharing and syncing services do not offer support for mobile phones or even a cloud based syncing system is what propels the Dropbox system to the top, it’s the one with the least resistance.

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