ProtonDrive’s End-to-End Encryption Security Revealed

· Andrew Orr · Link

ProtonDrive (from the makers of ProtonMail and ProtonVPN) is in the final stages of development before it gets a beta launch later in 2020. The team revealed its end-to-end encryption security in a blog post.

Files and folders are arranged in a tree structure. Therefore, there is a recurring pattern where a file or folder’s asymmetric key is locked with a passphrase, which in turn is encrypted with the asymmetric key of their parent folder. All passphrases are signed with the address key of the user, without which a malicious server could forge the contents of the tree.

pCloud Update Lets Users Decide Where Files are Stored

· Andrew Orr · Link

pCloud is an encrypted cloud storage service, and a recent update gave users the ability to decide in which server their files are stored.

All pCloud users will be able to choose the server location where their files are stored. This will give users greater control over the security of their files. Once the choice of where to store the data is made during registration – in the US or Europe – it is practically impossible to transfer them without the user’s knowledge or permission. Currently, the option to select the server location is available only to newly registered users.

Backblaze Now Stores One Exabyte of Data

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Cloud storage company Backblaze recently announced a milestone: It now stores one exabyte of data in its servers. Exabyte isn’t a word most of us come across often, so here’s a comparison: Gigabyte = 1,000 megabytes, Terabyte = 1,000 gigabytes, Petabyte = 1,000 terabytes, Exabyte = 1,000 petabytes or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes.

But, while it’s great to keep our eyes on the future, it’s also important to celebrate what milestones mean. Yes, crossing an exabyte of data is another validation of our technology and our sustainably independent business model. But I think it really means that we’re providing value and earning the trust of our customers.

An astounding figure. Even more astounding is the fact that they’re already prepared for zettabyte-level storage, which is the next step up from exabyte. One zettabyte = 1,000 exabytes.

Rethink Files 2TB Cloud Storage and Organization 3-Year Subscription: $19

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

We have a deal on Rethink Files, a universal file manager for all of your apps with one interface for files, apps, and storage anywhere on the cloud. With Rethink, you can have a 2TB secure cloud storage for all your digital tools including OneDrive, Slack, Outlook, Zoho Docs, and more, plus rich previews for over 100 different file types. A 3-year subscription to Rethink Files is $19 through our deal.

Backblaze Launches Cloud Backup 7.0

· Andrew Orr · News

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Cloud storage company Backblaze is launching Cloud Backup 7.0 today. It supports macOS Catalina and gives customers a big new feature.

Securely Store and Access Your Files with E2E Encrypted Cloud Storage: $99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

We have a deal on a 1-year subscription to MEGA Cloud Storage PRO, a cloud storage platform using end-to-end encryption. The service encrypts what you upload before you upload it—and, you control the keys. You can store, access or share your files from within your web browser, or through dedicated Android, iOS, or Windows Phone apps. Our deal has three levels of storage, starting with 1TB at $99 per year.

Backblaze Storage Pod Celebrates 10 Years

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Ten years ago, cloud storage company Backblaze introduced the Storage Pod. It’s a custom-built server for reliable, cheap storage. Today is the Pod’s 10th Anniversary.

Back in 2007, when we started Backblaze, there wasn’t a whole lot of affordable choices for storing large quantities of data. Our goal was to charge $5/month for unlimited data storage for one computer. We decided to build our own storage servers when it became apparent that, if we were to use the other solutions available, we’d have to charge a whole lot more money. Storage Pod 1.0 allowed us to store one petabyte of data for about $81,000. Today we’ve lowered that to about $35,000 with Storage Pod 6.0.

It’s an interesting, worthwhile read. Backblaze is a good cloud storage provider in my opinion.

Dropbox Employees Seem to Have No Knowledge of Mac App

· Andrew Orr · Link

The new Dropbox for Mac has been annoying users, and it sounds like Dropbox employees don’t know how their app works.

To summarize, the problem is this: Dropbox now opens a new file browser and an associated Dock icon every time it starts, even if you don’t want it to…there are numerous Dropbox support employees who apparently have never used their company’s Mac application and do not understand how it works. As a result, Dropbox’s users have to explain to Dropbox employees how Dropbox’s application works on the Mac.

Free Dropbox Users Now Limited to Three Devices

· Andrew Orr · Link

Dropbox has quietly updated the terms for its free Basic tier. Free Dropbox users are now limited to three linked devices.

If that’s too confining, you’ll have to shell out for a $10 Plus or $20 Professional subscription. You can keep any links you’ve already established, but you won’t get to add any more until you go below that three-device maximum.

As kind of an aside, because I use iCloud instead of Dropbox, I wonder how much Dropbox would be affected if Apple added the ability to share entire iCloud folders, instead of just individual files.

IDrive: Secure Cloud Backup for Your Mac, First Year Just $6.95 for 2TB. 90% off! (Sponsor)

· Dave Hamilton · Weekly Sponsorship

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I am pleased to welcome iDrive as our sponsor here at TMO this week. Cloud backup is something we talk about a lot here on the site and on our Mac Geek Gab podcast, and iDrive is doing a lot of things right. First in the “doing things right” department, iDrive is giving TMO readers a special deal on their Personal Plan, which gets you 2TB of cloud backup storage for 1 year for just US$6.95. Read more about iDrive after the jump.