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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-14-2008, 11:40 AM
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www.adrive.com ???

50GB of free online storage can it get any better than that???

Well here is my question, what do you guys think about it. I am a big freak when it comes to security, I am always conscious of security and people wanting to steal my stuff. I am paranoid with any sort of service like this one, but I love the fact that it's free .

So how do you think these people are making any money here? My guess is that they plan to sell the company after a year or so and make a huge profit out of it. But so far it looks like a big investment.

I read all their security agreement, they claim that they do not monitor your files, but if they notice any sort of malfunction or illigal activity they will monitor it and they have full access over your stuff and they will use their authority to manage your files.

Now they claim that you can upload anything, what about music mp3's, do you think they will report your mp3 files to the cops or something like that?

What about software? is it illegal to keep copies of software? like I have a copie of XP, but my file is legal. I just keep a copie instead of the cd.

Mooz might be able to help here, I am not sure if any one else has input here.

Most of the free services out there are only for 5 GB, this one is amazing offering 50.
post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-14-2008, 11:46 AM
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sounds shady imo. only because, like you said, 50GB for free is A LOT! no other company is doing that much for free.

its a great idea in theory but i dont like the fact that this company is going to "monitor" my files. fuck that.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-14-2008, 11:56 AM
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well if you read the terms in all of those sort of services they all say the same thing.

They claim they will not regularly monitor it, but if they find illegal activity they have the right to do ...... with your files.

this service is also a BETA service so that can be another no factor to it.
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Disk space is so cheap right now this doesnt suprise me. Plus with things like bit level backups, mass storage becomes even easier.

As for monitoring your files, they have too. The law requires they monitor for things like child porn and other such exploitation. So MPD can't upload there

They won't report you for things like software uploads or mp3 uploads. They're going to report their service as an online "backup" utility. There's nothing illegal about owning mp3s. Now if half the planet starts downloading your pirated copy Snow White on Ice, they may remove it so they don't get bitch slapped by disney. They're not going to report you though.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-14-2008, 12:41 PM
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That is good to know.. I going to try it out and see how it works. Some people claim that they have lost all their info, but this could also be due to the BETA version, I imagine they will soon get rid of it.

Well this is what they wrote
h. Prohibited Storage Data. You shall not use ADrive's services to transmit, transfer or convey Storage Data that might be illegal or otherwise damaging to ADrive, its users, or others. Specifically, You agree that, and represent and warrant that, no Storage Data (or any portion thereof) provided by You, on Your behalf, with Your username and password shall:
- Infringe any third party's copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights or rights of publicity or privacy;
- Divulge information that You do not have a right to divulge due to a contractual, fiduciary, or privileged relationship;
- Violate any state or United States law, statute, ordinance or regulation (including without limitation those governing export control, consumer protection, unfair competition, anti-discrimination or false advertising);
- Be defamatory, trade libelous, unlawfully threatening or unlawfully harassing;
- Be false, inaccurate or misleading;
- Be fraudulent or incorporate counterfeit or stolen items or property;
- Promote physical harm or injury or otherwise advocate violence against or unreasonable hostility toward people or groups based on their race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, or disability;
- Instruct, aid, abet, or promote any illegal activity including, without limitation, instructions on constructing explosive or incendiary devices; growing or producing controlled substances, or counterfeiting currency, passports, drivers. licenses, etc;
- Contain child pornography. It is a federal crime to buy or sell child pornography as defined in United States Code, Title 18, Chapter 110 - Sexual Exploitation and Other Abuse of Children. ANY CONTENT THAT ADrive CONSTRUES AS CHILD PORNOGRAPHY WILL BE IMMEDIATELY FORWARDED TO THE PROPER AUTHORITIES.
- Contain any viruses, Trojan Horses, Worms, Time Bombs, or other computer programming routines that are intended to damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or personal information;
- Provide advice for which any jurisdiction requires a professional license to disseminate including, but not limited to, legal, or medical advice;
- Create liability for ADrive or cause ADrive to lose (in whole or in part) the services of its advertisers, service providers or suppliers; or
- Link directly or indirectly to or include descriptions of goods or services that are prohibited under this Agreement This Prohibited Storage Data policy precludes the use of ADrive's services to transmit, transfer or receive electronic or other data that comprises or depicts any of the foregoing, as well as similar Storage Data. You are responsible for complying with the rules, terms and conditions outlined in the User Agreement and this Prohibited Storage Data policy. If You have any questions as to if any particular Storage Data is prohibited, please contact ADrive at legal@adrive.com.
They also work as a sharing site, it's like two services in one site.

Good luck on your trip Mooz, have fun.
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So I have decided to try it out and see how it works. The service is solid, there a few errors here and there but nothing to freak out on.

The uploading can be slow if you are using cable or dsl, but if you have access to a T1 or T3 service like the one in my university, the thing is nice and fast.

I wrote them an email asking them about the security of my files and here is what they responded

Originally Posted by Email
We provide detail regarding security in our terms of service- 50GB of Free Online Storage & Backup and our Privacy Policy- 50GB of Free Online Storage & Backup. It is legal documentation that can explain better than the support team can.

We can say your data is being stored with the utmost of care and sophistication on some of the worlds most secure and reliable platforms. This is unlike any other online storage provider.

Overall, ADrive is as secure as you make us by not sharing your account and keeping your personal computer free from malicious programs.

Please let us know if you need further assistance.

-ADrive Support Team
Apparently if you share your account with to many ip addresses they will suspend your account, they do understand that laptops move a round, but not in excess.

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