Am I crazy for not using iCloud?

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  1. placidity44 macrumors 6502

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    I know how beneficial iCloud and I know all of it's functions and it seems crazy since I have all Apple devices not to have iCloud enabled. I'm just concerned about the type of privacy it offers. I'm fully confident in Apple products once you have the right settings enabled but I just can't get my mind around the cloud. Am I nuts or should I use it or not use it?
     
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    Actually, I am rather reluctant to trust much to the cloud. I have backed up my iPhone and my iPad to the cloud, but would rather back up my photos to DVD's or external drives.
     
  4. gsmornot macrumors 68030

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    What makes you feel better about an external drive than a cloud service?
     
  5. frazzm737 macrumors regular

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    I want control of my personal photos, documents, etc. I feel safer if I know where my back-ups are. Of course, if my house burns down and the bank blows up, I may regret my decision.
     
  6. placidity44 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Same exact stance. Have backups on spideroak cloud storage with a local encryption key and an external hard drive.
     
  7. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Are you crazy? Naw. But I personally don't understand why people don't want to use cloud services because of privacy concerns. I highly trust Apple and feel they respect privacy. And sure that's great but I didn't think twice about uploading each and every one of my photos to google photos. I keep all my documents and files in the cloud. It just doesn't bother me. But I do also like to have local copy's of my data as well as deep my data on multiple services so if it some how does get lost I have a backup plan.
     
  8. Paco II macrumors 65816

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    If the OP is not using iCloud at all, including Find My iPhone, they *are* crazy.
     
  9. Will22 macrumors 65816

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    Was it not apple that had their cloud accounts hacked last year?
     
  10. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Yeah that was Apple. But IMO storing stuff in the cloud is worth the risk of my worthless stuff getting out lol.
     
  11. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    No, they weren't "hacked". It was simply a matter of easy to answer security questions.

    If the celebreties had considered that their personal information is all over the internet (Ie. quite easy to find out what Taylor Swifts mom is called, etc.), or using something as simple as two factor authorization, this wouldn't have been a problem. Of course, the media spun it with fancy headlines, and gullible people bought the story without just a tad research.
     
  12. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    I thought it was brute force :confused:
     
  13. gsmornot macrumors 68030

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    Sort of... it was weak passwords and easy to answer security questions on the part of the celebs. Like said, some of this is obvious. They most likely didn't know that when faced with security questions you answer other than what you really would in person. My answers to those questions are way off from reality so that if ever researched there will be no found match in info.
     
  14. bushido Suspended

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    my external drive dropped literally out of height of about one centimeter and it broke. god bless my iCloud backup ;)
     
  15. frazzm737 macrumors regular

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    That is why one should always have more than one back-up to rely on.
     
  16. Paco II macrumors 65816

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    iCloud is more than just a backup. It's a way to keep track of your devices and lock them down if lost. It's a way to sync settings and data between devices. I couldn't imagine using an iOS device without iCloud.
     
  17. dBeats macrumors 6502a

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    iCloud is the only cloud service I actually trust. Could you imagine trusting your life to google, lol. Not a chance.
     
  18. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Many many people use Google, or Microsoft, or many other services without any issues or anything happening to them.
     
  19. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    Blind faith in Apple there. Who's to know what any of these companies do, or allow third parties to do with our data...
     
  20. Will22 macrumors 65816

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    I don't care, they can have my naked photos. Maybe they can make me famous.
     
  21. bransoj macrumors 6502a

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    I've got stuff spread across various cloud stuff......

    Mail\Calendar\Contacts synced with Google
    iPhone\iPad photos backed up to OneDrive and my laptop with the OneDrive application for the laptop syncing a folder on there.
    Use Dropbox for my general files and things also synced with my home and work laptops
    My Documents on the PC synced with Google Drive
    Photos from our digital camera or other places on the home laptop synced to Box account
    Wifes iPhone backed up to iCloud
    Also got an external hard drive with some stuff on as well.
     
  22. Rhonindk macrumors 68020

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    iCloud is a main cloud service I no longer use. It's not just a matter of security. It is the only service to date that has lost information I had in the cloud. GDrive, OneDrive, SpiderOak, Dropbox, and Box have not lost any of my data to date.
     
  23. oneshotpro Suspended

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    I use it mainly only for iCloud backup, notes & safari sync, I would never store files there, the functionality is terrible.

    Also, not sure why anyone would want to use iCloud Photos, instantly pushing every photo you take to every device? no thanks. I'd rather sync the ones I want manually.
     
  24. Paco II macrumors 65816

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    I stopped using IPL and switch to Google Photos, but the concept is the same: photos aren't necessarily pushed to all devices, but rather made available to them. I take a picture on my iPhone than open GP on my iPad. The picture is available to me instantly to view. It isn't pushed in full size so isn't taking space until I open it and view. It's fantastic. I'm not sure why you wouldn't want this.

     
  25. dBeats macrumors 6502a

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    True, but they only make money off of the hardware and not your information. They could still be evil about it, but Google sort of has to be evil about it. Their business model is that you are the product and the advertisers are the customers. Same as Facebook. I'm constantly shocked when I ask someone who gets in this type of debate with me. I ask, "Who's Googles customers", and they reply ,"I am!" Just like the cattle think they're being fed free food by their servants I guess....
     

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