combox-paper

notes and other things concerning combox
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Author: Siddharth Ravikumar <sravik@bgsu.edu>
Date:   Sun,  6 Mar 2016 10:47:16 -0500

Rewrote abstract.

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diff --git a/report/combox-report.pdf b/report/combox-report.pdf Binary files differ. diff --git a/report/prologue/abstract.tex b/report/prologue/abstract.tex @@ -1,21 +1,24 @@ \begin{abstractpage}\label{combox-abstract} File storage providers on the Internet have made it non-trivial for - individuals to store personal files on the file storage provider's - computers. After Mr. Snowden disclosed information about the - National Security Agency' (NSA) surveillance programs that allowed - the NSA to access information stored on file storage provider' - computers, online file storage became a non-solution for storing - personal files for everyone who detested the possibility of somebody - else being able to access their personal files. In the past, there - have been separate efforts to come with a solution to allow + individuals to store their personal files online. At the same time, + there has been revelations about the existence of a billion dollar + surveillance industry\cite{website:wikileaks-spyfiles} that is + building and selling tools to governments and dictatorships to snoop + on its own citizens. In a world which is fast becoming Orwellian, + storing personal files on storage provided by file storage providers + is not even an option for some individuals. In the past, there have + been separate efforts to come up with a solution to allow individuals to use storage space provided by file storage providers - in a way that it made it impossible for file storage providers and - to access the files. combox is one such effort. It allows an - individual to store personal files in the ``combox directory'' on - all her computers (running GNU/Linux or OS X) and the combox program - takes the files, splits and encrypts them and spreads them across - file storage providers' directories. Therefore, when an individual - uses storage space provided by file storage providers through - combox, each file storage provider gets only a part of the file in - an encrypted form. + in a way that it made it impossible for file storage providers or + ``third parties'' to access the user' files. combox is one such + effort, it allows an individual to store their personal files on the + storage provided by Google Drive and Dropbox in such a way that only + part of each file (in encrypted form) is stored in Google + Drive/Dropbox. combox is a python package compatible with GNU/Linux + and OS X platforms. This report contains an overview of combox -- + what it is, how it was developed and tested; explains how combox is + different from Vollmar's Combo-Box\cite{vollmar-combo-box}; reviews + projects similar to combox that help computer users to securely + store personal files on storage provided by file storage providers; + lastly, enlists things that can be done to improve combox. \end{abstractpage}