We love Dropbox. It’s a cloud storage service with a great Mac app that just works. Drop files into your Dropbox folder and they get synced, backed up, and stored somewhere in the cloud.
Alright, cloud means online. We like buzz words. But Dropbox still works OK. Except for one thing. Who’s looking at your files? What files got changed? When were they changed? What was deleted or modified? Now you can know.
Safe. Secure. Maybe.
Dropbox recently changed their privacy terms. What seemed to be encrypted and safe from prying eyes, now seems less so, you know? After reading Keys to the Cloud Castle in the high brow rag The Economist, I decided to become a little more paranoid.
Our policy is simple. If everyone is out to get you, paranoia is the right attitude to have.
That led us to check on a few Dropbox add ons that might help assuage our inherent paranoia.
What we came up with was DropIn, a decidedly inexpensive and very Mac-like app that monitors your Dropbox folder to see what has changed, when it changed, etc.
Dropin comes with number of settings and filters and alerts so you can see what’s happened, when it happened, and even be alerted when something goes awry.
Not all files are created equal, so tell Dropin which ones are important and need alerts when something changes.
Filters let you ignore activity in some folders or give extra attention to other folders.
Dropin’s Preview function lets you see what’s changed between versions of files than often get changed.
The whole idea is to keep more personal tabs on your Dropbox files.
Some files may never change and if they do, you want to be notified.
Other files get updated often and you don’t want to be bugged incessantly when they do.
Dropin feels your pain and gives you options for both ends. Even better, Dropin is cheap (as add ons to free services go). But, it’s only available on the Mac App Store, which in and of itself isn’t bad—but there’s no trial version for what is otherwise a tasty extra treat to watch over those files that someone else might be watching.