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Windows 7: Live Mesh vs Dropbox

06 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 / Windows 8
 
 
Live Mesh vs Dropbox

Hello,
I use Dropbox, but I think Live Mesh is better besides I use Live Mail so...
But, what app is faster? Dropbox, or Live Mesh?

I have one more question - what is max. file size for one file in Live Mesh? On Skydrive by web we can upload max. 50 MB one time. How is it look in Mesh?
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06 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Live Mesh is being discontinued.

~Lordbob
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07 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 / Windows 8
 
 

My bad...
I think about Windows Live Mesh from Live Essentials 2011. Is is better choice than Dropbox?
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05 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lukasamd View Post
On Skydrive by web we can upload max. 50 MB one time. How is it look in Mesh?
Updated to 100 MB, I don't know if Mesh uses the same limitation.
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05 Jul 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Honestly with all of the security woes that have been plaguing DropBox, I stay as far away from it as I can. That's goes for all cloud-based storage actually. Until security is improved, and there are less outages (amazon) I will stick to FTP servers ~that I control~
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05 Jul 2011   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Your FTP server is no more secure or reliable (probably even less so). And is in fact sending files in the clear.
Securing Dropbox, Skydrive and other cloud-based servers is easy by using PIE, Pre-Internet-Encryption.

But again, your FTP servers are no more secure and more then likely less secure. Same with reliability.
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05 Jul 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
But again, your FTP servers are no more secure and more then likely less secure. Same with reliability.
Yeah, you're probably right.
Dropbox caught with its finger in the cloud cookie jar | Data security - InfoWorld

Dropbox left document storage accounts open for four hours | Security - InfoWorld

'Course I've never left authentication wide open on my FTP server.
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05 Jul 2011   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Devux View Post
'Course I've never left authentication wide open on my FTP server.
Yet, all it takes is one mistake. But authentication is not the only avenue of attack. You should also take into consideration man-in-the-middle. Unless you are using SFTP or SSH, your files are going thought the network plain as day, anyone can intercept. Same with your authentication details.

If you think you are secure because you are running it all yourself, then I'm sorry. But that is a false sense of security.

But really it is easy enough to avoid issues with any cloud-based storage solutions by using PIE, Pre-Internet-Encryption. Encrypted before it leaves your computer.
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05 Jul 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You should always secure anything in the cloud with some type of encryption. I don't know why people would files in the clear on a public server anywhere without encrypting it first.
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06 Jul 2011   #10

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

an easy way to pre-encrypt files before sending them off to the cloud is by compressing them with the free 7-zip and giving them a password before placing them in your dropbox folder.

pros -
  • smaller file size, so you should be able to store more, and they should up/download quicker.
  • safe from prying eyes

cons -
  • you'll need 7-zip on any computer on which you want to access your files - so also include 7-zip portable in your dropbox to be able to uncompress them
  • you'll need to remember that password!

if you need any more help on using 7-zip, just ask.
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