Is it safe to use cloud services like Dropbox and Google Docs to store sensitive documents?


I'm exploring safe places to store my startup's intellectual property. These could be anything from vendor lists to investor term sheets, etc.

Should I trust cloud service providers like Google and Dropbox with such material? If not, what are some alternatives that I can look into?

Google Apps Security Document Management Cloud Dropbox

asked Jun 11 '15 at 18:14
Brenda Tanner
14 points

3 Answers


As with any service or way of storage, it'll never be 100% secure..

All these companies have to abide with the data protection act, of which one rule states "All Data must be held securely" so you can rest assure that these companies - especially the big ones like you've listed - will hold your data securely. Also, look at the sheer size of the two companies, issues such as downtime and hacking is very, very minute (if any).

Look at the practicality and accessibility issues at hand here, weigh them up with the cons you see in these businesses and go from there.

Personally however, I see no issues as to why it wouldn't be an ideal place to store your documents.

answered Jun 11 '15 at 19:21
Reece Matthews
76 points
  • Agreed. These companies have too much to lose to mess up the security side. Nothing is impervious to attack, but you're in comparatively safe hands with Google or Dropbox. – rbwhitaker 9 years ago


An alternative to using public services like Google Docs is hosting an OwnCloud instance on your own server. That way you are in full control.

The downside to OwnCloud: another thing to manage if things break. And more often than not, it's easier to screw up the security (or backups) by hosting it yourself.

answered Jun 12 '15 at 05:14
Nishank Khanna
4,265 points

Depends on how sensitive the data is an how "100% secure" you want it. Closest thing to 100% security is to store it on an external device that is not connected to a network or internet. (i.e. an external hard drive or thumb drive that locked up somewhere and not connected to any devices.)
answered Jun 12 '15 at 11:25
Damon @
211 points

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