Those who are interested in using cloud computing for storing corporate or otherwise sensitive files are probably familiar with how unstable the cloud security is. When it comes to Dropbox, many people already know the history of its security and privacy failures but now there is a way to make this service safer with iTwin SecureBox.
Singapore-based company iTwin is Internet and networking solutions provider established in 1998 with the goal of helping businesses and organizations implement technology solutions. In 2009 it presented a USB device that provides an easy and secure way to encrypt files and share them without using the cloud. iTwin’s SecureBox looks pretty much like an ordinary USB flash drive but it’s much more complex than that.
SecureBox consists of two pieces that can be plugged into two different computers thus enabling file sharing between the two. The first time it is used it is necessary to install a remote drive by plugging in the device which was previously connected back to back. The process is automatic and lasts less than a minute. After that you can separate device parts and install the other piece on another computer. Both computers can act as either local or remote and it is possible to share files between them as long as they are online.
If you are a Drobox user, SecureBox can help you secure the files you store in it. When you insert SecureBox into your computer it automatically integrates with your Drobox account and creates a unique 256-bit crypto key that is stored in both device parts. After the installation, the parts can be separated and each of them could be used as a key to any of the two computers. Every time you insert a key into a device it automatically opens a SecureBox folder in which you can store your most sensitive files. The folder supports drag-and-drop so it is quite easy to use it. All the files put in SecureBox are synchronized with the Dropbox folder but are visible only while the device is plugged in. Once you unplug the device, the files remain encrypted in Dropbox but aren’t visible any more.
iTwin suggests that at least one of the keys should be kept in a highly secure place so it could be used as a backup key in case of an accident. With SecureBox your files are at risk only if you lose both device parts which is quite a hypothetical scenario. As long as you have at least one of them your files are always at your hand.
All in all, iTwin came up with a unique solution that many can find practical. Those who were afraid of storing files in Drobox because of its infamous security problems can now enjoy the privileges of a strong encryption. It is true that SecureBox might not suit all but introducing such innovative solutions can never be bad, especially when the cloud is in question.