Cloud Storage

Dropbox beefs up security with two-step verification

Dropbox beefs up security with two-step verification

The cloud can be very useful, but we've been reminded lately that it may not be the most secure way to store data. Last month, cloud storage service Dropbox revealed that it had been hacked, and a "small number" of account email addresses and passwords were taken during the incident. At the time, the folks at Dropbox said that new security features would be coming soon, including two-step verification. That day has arrived, as Dropbox has rolled out two-step verification to give users an extra layer of protection against the more unsavory people of the world.

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Drobo B1200i SSD announced with 300x performance

Drobo B1200i SSD announced with 300x performance

It's time to get serious about a solid state drive upgrade with Drobo's brand new B1200i SSD, complete with what the manufacturer says will be a performance boost of up to 300 percent over previous product iterations. This hardware will bring on a hybrid of solid state technology and traditional hard disk drives like SAS or SATA. And what's fabulous for current owners of the B1200i is this: a software update is all you'll need to gain new performance and functionality from Drobo, and it's free!

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Microsoft talks updated Skydrive.com

Microsoft talks updated Skydrive.com

Microsoft is talking about updates to SkyDrive. SkyDrive is a personal cloud file storage system that Microsoft says can scale up to 1 billion users. The website for the service has been updated with the new design suitable for desktop and tablet browsers. It features instant search, contextual toolbar, thumbnail multi-select, drag-and-drop organization, and HTML 5 sorting.

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Massive Amazon security hole “fixed” without comment

Massive Amazon security hole “fixed” without comment

If you use the internet - and we know you do - you need to read about the massive "hacker" meltdown experienced by an online journalist this week due to security holes between cloud systems in two major networks. The "hack" as some are calling it - rather a clever realization, when it comes down to it - had one user's account opened up with a simple phone call to Amazon. Once Amazon allowed the fake user to access one simple element in the victim's account, the rest came tumbling down like a house of cards.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: August 7th, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: August 7th, 2012

This morning we're inside a week of the OUYA Android-powered gaming console being done on Kickstarter - check out the games that are ready for it now, and get ready for some XBMC support as well! There's a Nokia Windows Phone 8 device out there that looks rather similar to the past generation. And what's perhaps the most important news this week continues here: When iCloud becomes the Perfect Storm - change your passwords!

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When iCloud becomes the Perfect Storm

When iCloud becomes the Perfect Storm

A high-profile case of cloud hijacking and data vandalism has thrown new attention on iCloud, Amazon, Google and other big online names, as gaps in the ways security is handled potentially allow for hacking. Flaws in how Apple and Amazon handle account recovery have been blamed for the "digital destruction" of journalist Mat Honan's online life, following hackers' successful attempts to crack security on his iCloud account, gain access to his Gmail and Twitter, and then remotely lock and delete his MacBook, iPhone and iPad.

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Woz speaks: “With the cloud, you don’t own anything”

Woz speaks: “With the cloud, you don’t own anything”

Apple co-founder and technology celebrity Steve Wozniak spoke last night at a monologue show by Mike Daisey, saying that he thought the next few years of cloud computing will be "horrendous." Letting the crowd of the show "The Agony and the Ecstacy of Steve Jobs" know how he felt about the cloud trend in everything from music streaming to content storage, Woz wasn't shy about noting how worried he was about the future. Woz noted that considering what we've got in the so-called cloud already "there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years."

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Box spreads cloud to Windows Phone and inks Qualcomm preload deal

Box spreads cloud to Windows Phone and inks Qualcomm preload deal

Box has been available on iOS and Android for quite some time, and now the cloud storage app has made the jump to Windows Phone. The company took to its blog to announce the latest addition, which offers the same functionality you’ll find elsewhere but gussied up in a beautiful Metro interface. There are a couple of features exclusive to Windows Phone, however, such as live tiles and starting slideshows for images directly within the app.

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Samsung adds SugarSync cloud to AllShare Play on Galaxy S III

Samsung adds SugarSync cloud to AllShare Play on Galaxy S III

Samsung and SugarSync have inked a deal which will see the sync/share app preloaded on the Galaxy S III, adding to the smartphone's AllShare Play feature with wireless file and media sync across devices. SugarSync Cloud will be bolted onto AllShare Play, giving each user 5GB of free online storage space (and the option to buy more), while existing users will instantly be able to access their current files from their new Samsung gadget.

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