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Make sure you know exactly what you're sharing in the cloud

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Marshal is a free online tool that lets you quickly scan your cloud services to uncover any ... More

Editor's review

Published 15 May 2017

I remember having a long conversation with a techie friend in England some years back and I asked him what the next great innovation was going to be in computers. He told me this long convoluted story about his ideas for the next big thing and how it was going to be huge, especially for third world countries. But there was just one problem. They needed to find a way to change people's mindset because customers' personal information wouldn't just be limited to their personal computer with much of their private information being stored by a third party. Naturally, this was going to cause a security concern for many. Of course, it came to pass and this practice is now commonly known as cloud computing though many of those security issues have now been addressed with most cloud based sites coming with stringent, bank level security.

Unfortunately, while this kind of security overcomes many of the general problems associated with keeping sensitive data safe in the cloud there is still the problem of human error to deal with. Who knows, for example, how many of your passwords, credit card numbers and social security details have been erroneously left in your Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive accounts? It's not easy to find them manually because they could be tucked away in any number of nooks and crannies there.

Over the last few years there has been a massive growth in the amount of data being stored in the cloud, as well as an ever-growing number of people that have access to that information. Consequently, it has become inevitable that a company can inadvertently store exposed sensitive data and lose track of who has access to that information. Of course there are several data loss prevention tools on the market to help solve this problem but most can only be found as part of large and expensive suites of security products. There are very few that are dedicated to purely identifying sensitive data. That's not such a problem for large businesses but it's not so easy for small and medium sized companies with limited resources. That's where this excellent security tool comes in very handy.

Marshal is a free online tool that quickly lets you scan all your cloud services to uncover any exposed sensitive data that you might unintentionally be sharing. Simply connect the app to your Box, Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive accounts and run a free scan. Within minutes, you'll receive a secure report outlining any exposed sensitive data whether it be Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, email addresses, phone numbers or any other private and sensitive material that shouldn't be shared. It will reveal your risks before anyone else gets a chance to find them and will show you exactly where the data is located and whether it's still being shared.

Marshal is a new cloud-based data scanning tool that has been created by the trusted Seattle based Onehub team. They've been focusing on secure cloud file storage and sharing for small and medium sized businesses since 2007 and currently serve 65,000 companies and 1.6 million end users. It's simple to use. You grant Marshal temporary access to the files in your services via OAuth and the app will scan through and identify any exposed sensitive information. It can currently scan Office Documents (DOCX, XLSX, PPTX), PDF, TXT, RTF, XML, and CSV file-types as long as they are no bigger than 200MB and aren't password protected. The app doesn't permanently store any of your data. It simply sends you a report detailing where any problems can be found in your system. Marshal is one of the fastest, easiest and most efficient ways for companies to securely identify potential data risks in the cloud. What's more, it's completely free.

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