Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

It is very important for me to keep my files in a safe Host. I use ubuntu one because of ease of using in Ubuntu. You think is it safe enough of spying ?

share|improve this question

closed as primarily opinion-based by user68186, Alvar, Mateo, Jorge Castro, gertvdijk Jun 30 '13 at 18:44

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

the problem with this is that anyone that has access to a router which traffic goes through it can "spy" on users so having a secure host isn't the main problem... – Alvar Jun 30 '13 at 10:47
no they can access any data that comes through there. So spied can you always be by anyone, keep that in mind. – Alvar Jun 30 '13 at 10:52
I recommend getting a webhost and creating your own cloud storage. Nothing is truly secure, but if you access that via a VPN you can get pretty close. – Dillmo Jun 30 '13 at 10:58
@Alvar This might apply to personal data, but for companies it's of great importance not to become victim to industrial espionage. – soulsource Jun 30 '13 at 12:11
@Alvar: If the focus is especially on you, those agencies will probably succeed, but the price to to get to your data will raise enormously, compared to a mass screening. Most attacks you're vulnerable don't scale. And the more people resist simple observance, the more expensive it gets. – user unknown Jun 30 '13 at 14:17
up vote 2 down vote accepted

According to the German Wikipedia and the results of Whois and GeoIP lookups, the Ubuntu One servers are located in Great Britain, which is definitely not the worst location to have servers, since it is inside EU, meaning that there are relatively strong privacy security laws in effect, and that it's a partner country grade 2 (source) of the USA, meaning it's explicitly excluded from their systematic data theft and industrial espionage (at least, officially).

The transmission of data to the Ubuntu One servers is done using SSL, meaning that it's reasonably secure, at least if you use the web interface and check the used security certificate (the NSA and other industrial espionage agencies have the wrong to have certificates for TLDs issued, allowing Man-In-The-Middle attacks if one doesn't check the certificate used).

Nevertheless, Ubuntu One stores files unencrypted, to enable the user to publish them over it. So, if for any reason a British court decides that Ubuntu One has to give data to the police, the police will get the files and will be able to read them without problems.

Therefore, it is strongly recommended to encrypt any data before it gets uploaded to Ubuntu One (or any other cloud storage). You can either do this manually (for instance with gpg or openssl), or use an automated solution. Someone reported that he used encfs with Ubuntu One successfully.

share|improve this answer
Informative, but in no way authorative. Don't forget: encrypting your data will draw attention. – david6 Jun 30 '13 at 12:14
If you had followed the news, GB is the worst place to store your data. Only the second (SSL) and last paragraph (encrypt your data) are valuable. – user unknown Jun 30 '13 at 14:10
Yes, the British intellegency service MI6 helped the United States to spy the data of European users. Therefore, placing the server in GB is as worst as in the United States. – IndexOutOfBoundsException Jul 5 '13 at 18:49

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.