[DISCLOSURE– I was so impressed with SpiderOak that I have agreed to feature a SpiderOak banner on my blog site. If you open an account through a link on my site for a free or paid account, I will receive some nominal compensation to help defray the costs of software testing.]
In earlier articles, I have discussed the utility of DropBox to allow shared file access between traditional desktop/laptop computers, Smartphones, iPads and other tablets. In fact, it was on my top ten apps list. http://hytechlawyer.com/?p=49 However, recent revelations of previously undisclosed security issues with DropBox have caused us to reevaluate its appropriateness for the transmission of confidential information by lawyers. See http://hytechlawyer.com/?p=345
One concern is the revelation that the data transferred and/or stored in DropBox is accessible to DropBox employees despite earlier representations by the company that it was not. This breach of trust was compounded by modifications to the DropBox Terms of Service to the point that they provide little if any assurance that the confidentiality of the documents transmitted by or stored in DropBox will be maintained sufficient to preserve the attorney client privilege.
I have found SpiderOak to be easy to install and use, although its greater functionality makes it slightly more complex than DropBox to set-up. There is a good video on the Web site that walks you through the process.
Like Dropbox, a user can store/transfer up to 2GB of data free, and has the option of purchasing additional storage capacity. The SpiderOak application is free at the App Store and is available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The following link will take you to the SpiderOak web site where more information and down load files for PC and Mac are available: https://spideroak.com/download/promo/hytech
If you give SpiderOak a try, let me know what you think about it. Bottom-line: In my opinion, it provides more functionality and more security than DropBox, and therefore is a better choice of lawyers.