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  1. By Thorin Klosowski Today 8:00 AM AEST Dear Lifehacker, I keep hearing people talk about BitTorrent Sync, but I’m not sure why I should care about it. Isn’t it just another file-syncing service? Why would I use it instead of something like Dropbox? Sincerely, Split Torrent Dear ST, You’re right, the usefulness of BitTorrent Sync isn’t immediately evident. While it might look like a Dropbox replacement on the surface, that’s not exactly how it works. So, let’s talk about what it is and how it works before we go on to some of the uses for it. What BitTorrent Sync Does (and Doesn’t) Do At a glance, BitTorrent Sync looks a lot like Dropbox, but that’s not exactly the case. It is a file-syncing service where you can sync files and directories across computers, but you don’t have access to those files online like you do with Dropbox… and in some cases, that’s a good thing. BitTorrent Sync uses peer-to-peer file sharing to synchronise your files between computers. When you point the BitTorrent Sync app at a directory on your computer, you share those files with any other computer that you give a secret passcode to. The data only lives on your computer and the computers you share it with (or mobile phones sync). It’s never uploaded to a third-party server like other file-syncing programs. Since you data is never uploaded to a server, your storage capacity is only limited to your own hard drive, and no one else has access to your files. The downside to BitTorrent Sync is that your home computer must be on at all times if you want access to files. This is great as a security measure because your private data is never on a server, but it does make accessing files a bit of a pain. Likewise, sharing is a bit more complicated with BitTorrent Sync than it is with most file syncing services. If you want to share files with other people, they’ll need BitTorrent Sync software installed as well as a secret code you generate and send to them. When You’d Want to Use BitTorrent Sync BitTorrent Sync isn’t quite as easy to use as something like Dropbox for everyday file backups, but it’s still a solid option for file syncing. Most importantly, BitTorrent Sync is one of the most secure ways to sync files because your data never goes to a server. That means that nobody can peek in on your private files. As Wired recently pointed out, this is a key feature:For the past 15 years, our software and data have steadily moved into the cloud, bringing massive gains in convenience. The cloud makes it easier not only to share data, among other things. But in some ways, it has also eroded our privacy. The NSA, it seems, has been tapping major cloud services in order to spy on users, and the revelations highlighted the dangers of using a file-sharing service like Dropbox. Indeed, some of the leaked NSA documents indicated that Dropbox had been specifically targeted. But in a departure from Dropbox, Sync doesn’t store data in one central repository that can be tapped by the NSA and others. It connects machines via peer-to-peer networking, meaning they can sync without storing data on any server. That means an interloper can’t access data without tapping each individual machine. Besides the security, BitTorrent Sync is also great because it isn’t limited by space — you don’t need to worry about cloud storage limits, since the only limits are your own hard drives (which are likely much bigger than Dropbox’s 2GB of space, or even Box’s 50GB of space). In addition, it’s also one of the best ways to share a massive amount of files with someone. Since BitTorrent Sync is free it’s easy to share project files with coworkers, large videos with friends, or any other massive folder you need to share. As long as they also have BitTorrent Sync, of course. For example, if you’re working on a movie with a partner, you probably have a folder with a couple hundred GB of video in it. With Dropbox, this would be expensive to store and share with your partner, but BitTorrent Sync keeps your computers in sync with each for free. Any time you need to send a massive file to someone, BitTorrent Sync will prove helpful. Other Uses For BitTorrent Sync Of course, like other file sharing services, BitTorrent sync can go beyond just syncing files. Most of our top 10 uses for Dropbox also apply to BitTorrent sync, and there are al of other BitTorrent Sync-specific projects you can do too: ◾ Make your own Dropbox clone with a Raspberry Pi and BitTorrent Sync ◾ Set up BitTorrent Sync on Your FreeNAS box (if you need help setting up FreeNAS our guide should get you there) ◾ Use BitTorrent Sync to access your music from anywhere ◾ Use Git with BitTorrent Sync ◾ Generate easily shareable links to files with BitBox ◾ Create a Private Dropbox-style server BitTorrent Sync is still in beta, but it’s worth downloading and messing around with if you’re ever sharing large files or you’re just worried about security. If nothing else, it’s useful at least a few times a year when you need to share massive amounts of data with someone. Cheers, Lifehacker http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2014/02/should-i-use-bittorrent-sync-instead-of-dropbox
  2. If you are a Dropbox user and have an Android phone, here is good news for you: you can get an additional 1 GB of free space for your Dropbox account. Dropbox is currently providing it as a gift for new Mailbox for Android app users. Get it while it lasts. Point your device to the following link: Mailbox for Android. Alternatively, you can type the following in the Google Play search box: com.mailboxapp Install the Mailbox app. Open the Mailbox app you installed and sign in using your Dropbox credentials.The additional Dropbox space should appear instantly after your have signed in. Later, if you do not like or do not need the Mailbox app, you can just remove it: the additional 1 GB of space will remain. This offer was earlier available for Mailbox for iOS users, now it's available for Android OS too. Source
  3. For years now, Internet users have gotten used to the risk of having files and content they share through various online services be subject to takedown requests based on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and/or content-matching algorithms. But users have also gotten used to using services like Dropbox as their own private, cloud-based file storage and sharing systems, facilitating direct person-to-person file transfer without having to worry about such issues. This weekend, though, a small corner of the Internet exploded with concern that Dropbox was going too far, actually scanning users' private and directly peer-shared files for potential copyright issues. What's actually going on is a little more complicated than that, but shows that sharing a file on Dropbox isn't always the same as sharing that file directly from your hard drive over something like e-mail or instant messenger. The whole kerfuffle started yesterday evening, when one Darrell Whitelaw tweeted a picture of an error he received when trying to share a link to a Dropbox file with a friend via IM. The Dropbox web page warned him and his friend that "certain files in this folder can't be shared due to a takedown request in accordance with the DMCA." Whitelaw freely admits that the content he was sharing was a copyrighted video but still expressed surprise that Dropbox was apparently watching what he shared for copyright issues. "I treat [Dropbox] like my hard drive," he tweeted. "This shows it's not private, nor mine, even though I pay for it." In response to follow-up questions from Ars Technica, Whitelaw said the link he sent to his friend via IM was technically a public link, and theoretically could have been shared more widely than the simple IM between friends. That said, he noted that the DMCA notice appeared on the Dropbox web page "immediately" after the link was generated, suggesting that Dropbox was automatically checking shared files somehow to see if they were copyrighted material, rather than waiting for a specific DMCA takedown request. Dropbox did confirm to Ars Technica that it checks publicly shared file links against hashes of other files that have been previously subject to successful DMCA requests. "We sometimes receive DMCA notices to remove links on copyright grounds," the company said in a statement provide to Ars Technica. "When we receive these, we process them according to the law and disable the identified link. We have an automated system that then prevents other users from sharing the identical material using another Dropbox link. This is done by comparing file hashes." Dropbox added that this comparison happens when a public link to your file is created, and that "we don't look at the files in your private folders and are committed to keeping your stuff safe." The company wouldn't comment publicly on whether the same content-matching algorithm was run on files shared directly with other Dropbox users via the service's account-to-account sharing functions, but the wording of the statement suggests that this system only applies to publicly shared links. We should be clear here that Dropbox hasn't removed the file from Whitelaw's account, but just closed off the option for him to share that file with others. Indeed, in a tweeted response to Whitelaw, Dropbox Support said that "content removed under DMCA only affects share-links." Dropbox explains its copyright policy on a Help Center page that lays out the boilerplate that "you do not have the right to share files unless you own the copyright in them or have been given permission by the copyright owner to share them," and directs users to its DMCA policy page. Dropbox has also been making use of file hashing algorithms for a while now as a means of de-duplicating identical files stored across different users' accounts. That means that if I try to upload an identical copy of a 20GB movie file that has already been stored in someone else's Dropbox account, the service will simply give my account access to a version of that same file, rather than forcing me to upload an identical version. This not only saves bandwidth on the user's end, but significant storage space on Dropbox's end as well. Some researchers have warned of security and privacy concerns based on these de-duplication efforts in the past, but the open source Dropship project attempted to bend the feature to users' advantage. By making use of the file hashing system, Dropship effectively tried to trick Dropbox into granting access to files on Dropbox's servers that the user didn't actually have access to. Dropbox has taken pains to stop this kind of "fake" file sharing through its service. In any case, it seems a similar hashing effort is in place to make it easier for Dropbox to proactively check files shared through its servers for similarity to content previously blocked by a DMCA request. In this it's not too different from services like YouTube, which uses a robust ContentID system to automatically identify copyrighted material as soon as it's uploaded. In this, both Dropbox and YouTube are simply responding to the legal environment they find themselves in. The DMCA requires companies running sharing services to take reasonable measures to make sure that re-posting of copyrighted content doesn't occur after a legitimate DMCA notice has been issued. Whitelaw himself doesn't blame the service for taking these proactive steps, in fact. "This isn't a Dropbox problem," he told Ars Technica via tweet. "They're just following the laws laid out for them. Was just surprised to see it." Still, we feel this is important information for Dropbox users to know about the limitations on how they can use their account. Any Dropbox file shared via a "public link," even if it's a link that you only intend to share with a single person, is being compared against a database of previous material subject to the DMCA, and could be blocked on those grounds. Source
  4. A remote access trojan (RAT) is using Dropbox for command and control in a targeted attack against the Taiwanese Government, malware analyst Maersk Menrige says. The upgraded PlugX RAT is the first targeted attack to use Dropbox to update command and control settings, Menrige said, as distinct from other malware and ransomware which used the popular cloud storage platform to fling malicious files at victims. The trojan logs a victim's keystrokes, maps ports and opens remote shells to facilitate further data theft and exploitation. "The use of Dropbox aids in masking the malicious traffic in the network because this is a legitimate website for storing files and documents," Trend Micro's Menrige said. "[The May execution data] is probably done so that users won’t immediately suspect any malicious activities on their systems." Dropbox had been shown by researcher Jake Williams (DropSmack: Using Dropbox to steal files and deliver malware [pdf]) as a workable platform for malware command and control, but Menrige said it was the first time it had been exploited in malicious attacks. PlugX variant II messed with anti-virus systems, contained anti-forensics capabilities and hid behind a fake parked domain until the 5 May go live date. Attackers with command and control links established could migrate laterally within corporate networks using a variety of tools to avoid detection. The code includes tools such as password recovery, network utilities, port scanners and the common HTran reverse proxy tool used to hide command and control. The latter Chinese-built connection bouncer tool was first discovered in 2011 by Dell used in the high profile data breach of security company RSA. PlugX II bore sufficient similarity to version I that enterprise security bods could check for flags on their networks. The first iteration of the malware was detected in 2008 and had since been used in targeted attacks against a unnamed South Korean company and US engineering firm. In February Trend Micro senior security researcher Pavithra Hanchagaiah reportedPlugX was being foisted through a since fixed Adobe Flash exploit. More detail on PlugX could be found on the Trend Micro blog. Source
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    Dropbox 2.5.39 Beta

    Dropbox 2.5.39 Beta Version 2.5.39 22.11.2013 New translations for 2.5.x strings.Fix an issue which prevented the renaming and deleting of screenshots.Fix an issue with context menus in Selective Sync.Fix a rare issue that can cause files with ResourceForks to be reconstructed improperly.Other minor fixes.Homepage Download from: http://www.tusfiles.net/1hp5szct51m3
  7. Dropbox 2.5.39 Beta Version 2.5.39 22.11.2013 New translations for 2.5.x strings.Fix an issue which prevented the renaming and deleting of screenshots.Fix an issue with context menus in Selective Sync.Fix a rare issue that can cause files with ResourceForks to be reconstructed improperly.Other minor fixes.Homepage Download from mirror
  8. New in 2.5.45: Fixed issue with the Windows installer where it incorrectly showed a popup saying admin rights were not granted.Homepage Experimental release page Download: Windows: https://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/Dropbox%202.5.45.exe
  9. BoxCryptor Classic Unlimited Business 1.6.401.84 Portable Boxcryptor Classic Portable is a useful program that helps you encrypt files and folders, and create a directory which is synced with a cloud solution like Dropbox. This is the portable counterpart of Boxcryptor Classic. Since this software utility does not require installation, it means that you can copy it to any location on the hard drive and run it directly. In order to use it on any computer you have access to, you can copy the program files to a portable storage device, such as a USB flash drive. In addition to that, the Windows registry and Start menu/screen are not going to be updated with new entries. The interface of the application has a modern design that uses shortcut buttons instead of the classical menu bar. You can switch between two views, an advanced mode and a simple one. This enables any type of person to easily use the application, no matter how inexperienced they may be when it comes to computers. Switching to the advanced mode reveals more options for creating new encrypted folders. For example, you are allowed to choose the encryption algorithm used (AES-256, AES-192 or AES-128), enable long paths and key validation, as well as select an alternate configuration file. The main window is going to display all the encrypted folders opened, along with details such as name, size, type, modified date and the encrypted name. In conclusion, Boxcryptor Classic Portable is a very useful piece of software for anyone interested in keeping folders and files private. The encryption process is almost instant and the created folder is synced with your Cloud-based account. There were no bugs or crashes registered during our tests. Support Languages: EnglishDeutschFrançaisEspañolItalianoRussianWebsite: https://www.boxcryptor.com OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 Language: Ml Medicine: Serial Size: 4,05 Mb
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