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Hurricane
May 16 2011, 09:55:12 AM
Okidoki ...

to dive right into it, I've got my own VPS used to host a bunch of stuff and to develop on a bit myself but I'd also like to use the HDD space on it to store some "critical" data and make it accessible between different machines.

However, I don't want to have to FTP / SCP to it every time instead I want it "mapped" to a local drive / folder like I do with my dropbox / Live Mesh account.

Does anyone know of a program / Serverside app that will allow me to do just that but host it myself ?

So basically a personal dropbox since I would like to use it on multiple PC's. So the sync function that a dropbox esque application provides would be pretty pro.

the server software is debian V so if serversoftware needed is windows based It won't be a candidate.


cheers

Dante
May 16 2011, 12:56:28 PM
rsync

There's a load of GUIs etc if you can't/don't want to set it up yourself.

Aea
May 16 2011, 06:27:51 PM
rsync

There's a load of GUIs etc if you can't/don't want to set it up yourself.

Also this sounds like massive failure ready to happen if your data is actually valuable to you*.

What's wrong with Dropbox?

* I believe I have the depth and breadth of knowledge to create something like this, but I simply wouldn't want to take the risk. Doing it with a single server is just :psyduck: for data reliability and integrity.

EntroX
May 16 2011, 08:34:29 PM
um....just install dropbox on it? :psyduck:

Hurricane
May 16 2011, 10:10:09 PM
right I believe I didn't explain myself correctly.

Currently I'm running a free version of dropbox, this works and does the trick. However "because I can" I want to set up something like this on my own server. The idea behind it would be to in the long run stop using dropbox and just use "my own" system. The data I'd put on in the beginning isn't critical by a long shot, just "nice to have" (like documents just to share between work / Home, dev / test ....).

My stuff furthermore is decently secure in terms of data loss so should the entire thing go tits up its not really a problem... (I have the entire VPS RSYNC'd to a local VM for backup & dev purposes)

And yes I could just shell out for a paying dropbox account, but why bother if I can do it myself ? Its a nice project to set up and would allow me to use all the storage space (which is a lot more then what my dropbox offers me) on the VPS.

Pattern
May 16 2011, 11:32:13 PM
Is there anything like *a private dropbox* that works over Wifi/LAN specifically/only? accross PC's and the Mac?

Draycar Hazaran
May 17 2011, 03:36:05 AM
https://spideroak.com/whyspideroak

After some of the recent concerns with Dropbox using a single encryption key and also deduplicating user files, I might switch to the above. Kinda a shame, I love Dropbox, but the security professional in me is telling me to GTFO.

Aea
May 17 2011, 08:01:04 AM
Is there anything like *a private dropbox* that works over Wifi/LAN specifically/only? accross PC's and the Mac?

There's Pogo Plug, not what you're looking for but similar.

Dante
May 17 2011, 01:30:05 PM
https://spideroak.com/whyspideroak

After some of the recent concerns with Dropbox using a single encryption key and also deduplicating user files, I might switch to the above. Kinda a shame, I love Dropbox, but the security professional in me is telling me to GTFO.

Dropbox and Truecrypt then?


There's Pogo Plug, not what you're looking for but similar.

This is what I have at home (SheevaPlug actually but same thing essentially). Low power, low cost wall warts are the way forward for home servers unless you really need that CPU/RAM.

Draycar Hazaran
May 17 2011, 04:38:00 PM
https://spideroak.com/whyspideroak

After some of the recent concerns with Dropbox using a single encryption key and also deduplicating user files, I might switch to the above. Kinda a shame, I love Dropbox, but the security professional in me is telling me to GTFO.

Dropbox and Truecrypt then?

Ugh...why a multi-layered solution? That's even uglier than just switching to something else.

Dante
May 17 2011, 08:30:03 PM
Ugh...why a multi-layered solution? That's even uglier than just switching to something else.

It's pretty easy and if your stuff is oh so secret why trust a third party at all?

Do you have sauce on Dropbox stuff? Are you saying they deduplicate files between users?

mjukis
May 17 2011, 08:44:21 PM
http://www.informationweek.com/news/sto ... /229500683 (http://www.informationweek.com/news/storage/security/229500683)

Dante
May 17 2011, 08:46:13 PM
Cheers

mjukis
May 17 2011, 09:05:26 PM
Up until April 13, the site promised this:

Dropbox employees arenít able to access user files, and when troubleshooting an account, they only have access to file metadata (filenames, file sizes, etc. not the file contents).

Now the site says:

Dropbox employees are prohibited from viewing the content of files you store in your Dropboxaccount, and are only permitted to view file metadata (e.g., file names and locations).

The company also added this text:

Like most online services, we have a small number of employees who must be able to access user data for the reasons stated in our privacy policy (e.g., when legally required to do so). But thatís the rare exception, not the rule. We have strict policy and technical access controls that prohibit employee access except in these rare circumstances. In addition, we employ a number of physical and electronic security measures to protect user information from unauthorized access.

source (http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/05/dropbox-ftc/)