Authentication?

Is there anyway to secure my data? From what I understand is, that if someone gets the link to my dat, my data can be downloaded without any barriers like user and password. Did I miss something?

Hi @buddyspencer. Yes, at current status, anyone with the link to your dat (discovery key) can get read access to it. I don’t know what are the ongoing discussions around authentication on the project but I have seen that under the banner of the new “multiwriter” work, authentication is being left to the application developers (see https://www.datprotocol.com/deps/0008-multiwriter/). There is also something to read on this over at https://anarc.at/blog/2018-09-10-sharing-and-archiving-data-sets-with-dat/#dat-privacy. Hope that helps.

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:wave: Beaker dev here. Within the next year or so, Dat will get “authenticated connections.” It’ll be possible to use that to only replicate a dat’s data to a list of approved peers. We’ll probably add some kind of permissions listing within the hyperdrive so that the recipients of a dat know to follow the same list.

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@decentral1se thanks for answering my question.
@pfrazee thanks for the information. I’ll keep an eye on the project :smile:

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