Here are the facts about HipChat files:
Many users ask whether this results in "secure" files (since URLs are "public"). We feel it provides the best of both worlds:
We have considered offering authenticated access to uploaded files (i.e. requiring a username / password) but it is not part of our current subscription options.
Obscurity is not security, as there are simply too many unexpected ways the URL can be leaked. Here's an example:
This is only one example... there are many others that nefarious groups are extremely familiar with.
Incidentally, this is not theoretical. It actually happened to Dropbox: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/05/dropbox-disables-old-shared-links-after-tax-returns-end-up-on-gooogle/
...from the beginning. We have built up a lot of content in HipChat, with it being a core tool in our distributed company model. While it is true that we didn’t need to move to Slack immediately, we felt it...
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