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    John commented  · 

    Yes, this is very important for those of us who do generational backups which we want to be time stamped in case we need to go and fetch one from the history archive. If one gets hit by ransomware, it may be possible to rebuild much or all of the file structure if automated generational backups are done. Several cloud providers allow for generational backups, which is very nice.

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    John commented  · 

    If Proton Drive offered a searchable comments field for both file folders and individual files, one could then devise their own scheme for quickly finding similar files or organizing them in a way that works best for them using hashtags or whatever. While there would be "zero knowledge of content of files" obviously, there would be knowledge about the comments so that they could be searched quickly and easily. It's just like on Proton Mail where the subject line is easily searchable compared to the content of the email which is typically more secure.

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    John commented  · 

    I would love to see Proton Drive support something similar to the Google Keep "virtual sticky notes" file concept. Not sure if they could keep it "zero knowledge of content" but perhaps there would be a way to do that so that one could edit these files on the fly without having to download them.

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    John commented  · 

    I think that capability to manage "sticky note" text files would be extremely useful, similar to the Google Keep product. Especially on a cell phone or tablet, one does not want to have to download a document in order to edit it or view it because there is a chance it might remain on that device and therefore the security of it could be compromised. A capability not unlike Google Docs where the file can be virtually edited without downloading a copy would add extra security and not cause issues about different versions of different files floating around.

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    John commented  · 

    Google Drive does use that capability and I find it helpful to keep folders that are similar in use easier to find by using the same color for the folder cover for similar folders. Not an absolutely critical feature, but definitely would be a plus.

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    John commented  · 

    Not to mention that downloading the document every time one wants to edit it means it could easily be harvested or compromised if one forgets to delete it from the physical device they are editing it on. A system similar to Google Keep, which is sort of a "virtual sticky note editor" would be ideal because the document would never reside on the physical device.

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    John commented  · 

    The downside of that is that once you open that door and remove the "zero knowledge" policy, you have now made the device much easier to hack and compromise by cyber thieves or bad actors. Unlike what anyone thinks, it is absolutely impossible for an entity to have a key to your files and not have it potentially fall into the hands of bad actors or cyber thieves. There are some actually trying to outlaw encryption, and if that is successful, the Internet will cease to exist. There is absolutely zero possibility of a bulletproof back door, anyone associated with cyber security will verify that.

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    John commented  · 

    This would be a very handy feature for those of us who want to keep multigenerational copies of important files so should one become corrupted, a alternate recent copy would still be available. Being able to keep multigenerational copies of the same file is offered by many other cloud providers and makes it so even automated backups will work properly and keep generational backups that are date stamped should ransomware or other hazards damage a recent copy.

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    John commented  · 

    I hate the idea of having to download a file in order to either look at it or do a simple edit of it. That is because I would probably forget to upload it again and it would sit on my device available to anyone who might hack it or steal it. A capability similar to Google Keep which uses virtual "sticky notes" for simple text items would be perfect, especially if they could be edited directly on the device and not downloaded.

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    John commented  · 

    I understand that zero knowledge of file contents makes it impractical to search through file contents on Proton Drive, but certainly it should be possible to search in the file name field by using either filters or looking for certain file types such as spreadsheets, music files, etc. Without this capability it would be very easy to permanently lose files in the tree and unable to find them.

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    John commented  · 

    It would also be handy to have the folder and file sizes available, especially when selecting for downloading so one would know how much space is needed for the download. Also it can help in managing the cloud space so one can easily find the branches of the file tree that are taking up the most space in the cloud and work on trimming those down.

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    John commented  · 

    I use this capability with Microsoft Onedrive, and it is a very handy way to keep from allowing shared files from being available beyond the time desired because one forgot to go and turn off the sharing capability or delete the file. Pretty much any sharing capability should always have the option of a time limit which can enhance security by not having extraneous files lying around that one may have forgotten to turn off sharing or delete the file.

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