Advice worth sharing. Love Dropbox. And Hazel.
[via kung fu grippe on 3/11/11]
- Zip your files
- Put the zip file in your Dropbox ‘Public’ folder
- Email the file link, not the file
Great advice on sending sensitive stuff via Dropbox >. And pretty close to what I do. With this handful of paranoid additions >involving chaos and automation:
Parent Folder. in your “
~/Dropbox/Public” folder, create a new folder >with a sensible name like, “
James Bond Naming. Keep a sane name for the uncompressed source doc you’re >sending (say, “
2010_income.txt”), but rename the zipped version of that >file with a random name, e.g., something like, “
TIP: 1password can generate >a “password”-style string that makes a swell file name
Maybe an unnecessary step. But it does makes the file name way harder to just >guess
Hazel help. Most Important. Create a Hazel rule for “
~/Dropbox/Public/seekritstuff” that >automatically moves any file it contains to a local/non-Dropbox folder on your >Mac n days or hours after “Date Added”. Mine’s set to 36 hours, but your >setting can be whatever suits you and your recipients
Two-steppin’. Yes, send your recipient the link to that zipped file (NOT >the actual file)–but do so in a separate and obscure-looking email that makes >no reference to either previous emails or the link’s contents.
SUBJECT: thing for you
here’s that thing
call or text me with questions
Even better still? Send that link to a different email address for that >person, or TEXT them the URL
In general? Just never hurts to mix it up. All of it.
It’s a start.
Like anything that touches an open network–and most especially anything that touches email–it’s a solution that’s far from perfect. But, to my mind, it feels a little safer than crap like sending plaintext via email.
Seriously. My mind is boggled by how many people throw sensitive stuff around in email to complete strangers–the equivalent of writing a password on a postcard. Then pinning it to the corkboard in the laundromat. Insane.