How much trust do you place in cloud backup services for business data?

GanChan

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I know I need to backup many of my files to some sort of cloud-based service, including my music collection and my business folders. But of course the latter include sensitive financial, tax, customer and personal-ID data, so I can't help but wonder about different services' security encryption, terms of service, and other issues that might keep that data from being as secure from prying eyes as it might be.... but of course losing that data to a drive failure would be just about as catastrophic....

What are your thoughts and preferences as far as putting sensitive business/financial data on the cloud?
 

roadbloc

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I put my documents on the cloud with SkyDrive. I guess in there is some sensitive information in there, but I'm guessing the NSA already knows and Microsoft don't care.
 

chown33

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You could keep your sensitive documents on an encrypted sparse-bundle disk-image. Then the only thing that's stored on the remote backup service are the sparse-image's encrypted "band" files.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparse_image

You can make new disk-images in Disk Utility.app. If you need specific instructions on exactly what options to use, ask again, and tell us your OS version (e.g. 10.8.4, 10.6.8).
 

GanChan

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Jun 21, 2005
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You could keep your sensitive documents on an encrypted sparse-bundle disk-image. Then the only thing that's stored on the remote backup service are the sparse-image's encrypted "band" files.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparse_image

You can make new disk-images in Disk Utility.app. If you need specific instructions on exactly what options to use, ask again, and tell us your OS version (e.g. 10.8.4, 10.6.8).
Yes, I would probably want to do something like for anything involving people's tax numbers, SS numbers etc. Mainly to guard against hackers and identity thieves. Of course, they can get that stuff just about anywhere else....

For the record, I'm using 10.6.8.
 
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