Tapproof security for Dropbox
Posted on 12 June 2013.
SafeMonk today announced the public beta of its tapproof encryption solution designed specifically for users of the file-sharing service Dropbox.

More than 100 million people, including many corporate executives, leverage Dropbox because of its ease of use and convenience for file sharing, collaboration, and backup. However, its popularity has made it a target for malicious hackers.

SafeMonk was designed to be tapproof, giving Dropbox users and enterprises peace of mind, knowing their information is always protected from prying eyes. It also removes the concern of relying on cloud file-sharing services for privacy.

Neither SafeMonk nor Dropbox are able to see the keys used to encrypt or decrypt the files within SafeMonk. In order to gain access to the files, the requester must go straight to the source, the user. The keys stored on SafeMonk servers are encrypted with users' private and local keys, so in the event of a system breach, or subpoena request, SafeMonk user keys are protected and the files are not viewable.

Providing security for the enterprise and users while not breaking the simplicity of Dropbox was the primary objective throughout the development of SafeMonk. To use the solution, a Dropbox user simply downloads the app onto their PC or other device, which seamlessly creates an encrypted SafeMonk folder in the service. Once an account is created, files the user wishes to secure are selected and dropped into the SafeMonk folder, where they can be organized into subfolders—the same way they can be with Dropbox, only tapproof.

Additionally, opening, editing, and Dropboxing with SafeMonk is fast (Dropbox fast); it recognizes and applies encrypted edits with the same speediness as non-encrypted edits. Unlike most file-sharing security solutions, SafeMonk offers account recovery via a one-time recovery key if passwords are lost or forgotten.


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