Dropbox is a cloud service that presents storage as a local computer drive. Michael Galligan introduced me to the service about a year ago, when he redid the SimWitty branding. You install the Dropbox app, the folder appears, you copy files to the folder, and they synchronize with anyone else who has access to your Dropbox folders.
There are some real risks with transferring files using someone else’s system, of course. There is the chance of local attacks on your Dropbox (see: Dropbox authentication: insecure by design). More likely, there is a chance of a security incident at Dropbox’s systems, thus allowing a malicious insider or attacker to gain access to the documents. A big collection of documents presents an attractive target.
What to do? Dropbox released some guidance this week. Using the tried-and-true Truecrypt software, you can encrypt your Dropbox folder. This restricts access to only those who have access to your decryption key. It is a good option for those who want the ease of the cloud with some assurances as to the safety of the data.