Why do you store personal information in cloud services?

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  1. RealMadrid15 macrumors member

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    Why do you store personal information in cloud services?

    I would never trust any company with my data.

    1. The company can go out of business/close down service
    2. Someone can hack the cloud service
    3. An employee could hack/download files off the cloud service
    4. Your things aren't actually on your computer, you have to wait for them to upload and download to the cloud service
    5. Privacy issues, data mining, selling information to advertisers
    6. Internet connection is needed to access data

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    For those of you who do use a cloud service, why?

    Wouldn't an external hard drive be easier for space, portability, and security?
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    One does not preclude the other. My Mac, iPhone and iPad sync Contacts data via iCloud. But, clearly, each still has a local copy of the data so it's backed up locally via my normal backup routine too.
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    This
    I have redundancy built in everywhere

    There are risks with having data anywhere

    1. The company can go out of business/close down service
    That is why I have redundancy

    2. Someone can hack the cloud service
    Someone can hack my network or my computer

    3. An employee could hack/download files off the cloud service
    An employee or anyone can steal my computer

    4. Your things aren't actually on your computer, you have to wait for them to upload and download to the cloud service
    Most things are stored locally and in the Cloud

    5. Privacy issues, data mining, selling information to advertisers
    If you are on the internet at all, these things are going on

    6. Internet connection is needed to access data
    With WiFi and data plans, I am rarely not connected, but even then, most things are redundant or with an option for offline work
     
  4. SteppingStone macrumors member

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    One good reason would be as part of a backup strategy.

    If your backups are all in one single physical location you're susceptible to local threats: fire, theft, etc. By backing up to the cloud you increase robustness (at the possible expense of security, as you mention).
     
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You already trust dozens of companies with your data. That's assuming you've ever bought something online, have basic utilities in your home, have a credit card or have ever had a credit card, "are on the internet", have a bank account, or take advantages of any of the numerous conveniences of modern life.
     
  6. Kurwenal macrumors 6502a

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    Because I find that the convenience outweighs the risk.

    Risks 1-5 are significantly mitigated by encrypting your data before it is synched. I use BoxCryptor with Dropbox and I sleep well at night. Risk 6 is a reason *to* sync.
     
  7. shotts56 macrumors 6502

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    And the moon landing was faked, and the only way to stop the government reading your thoughts is to wear a hat made of tinfoil.
     
  8. RealMadrid15 thread starter macrumors member

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    Because obviously not trusting a company with your data after LinkedIn, Sony, Blizzard, Etc, were hacked is comparable to believing the moon landing was faked.

    And thanks for making fun of people who have schizophrenia like one of my relatives who actually does wear a hat made of tinfoil. We've tried for years to get him to see a doctor or taking meds but we can't legally force him to.

    Now we stopped because he's 60 and if he realized what he had wasted his life he'd probably want to go off the pills again.

    So please continue to make fun of people with medical illness, maybe next time you could go after "retards". Right?
     
  9. madsci954 macrumors 68030

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    This.
     
  10. shotts56 macrumors 6502

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    Do you often overreact so much ?
     
  11. sabahm macrumors newbie

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    Well that is a quiet unpleasant question as world is moving towards advancement and you are still on the dark side by asking such question. At some extent the question are noticeable. But on and on we are somehow trusting on different things. And if we stop doing that, we won't possibly move a step ahead from it. In reply of your question, let me try to share my views on each part;

    1. The company can go out of business/close down service
    Yes, it is possible. So better to keep yourself connected with a big company. Don't peruse low prices methodology. There are big companies which you may rely upon. But again yes, they can be shut their service down. So finger crossed and trust them.. Better is to have backup of all your data. In syncing, main data source is available on your system / desktop.

    2. Someone can hack the cloud service
    You can't hide from this. Anyone can hack your data whether you use cloud storage or some other services. You may use VPN services to encrypt your data transformation. Btw, cloud is dam secure!

    3. An employee could hack/download files off the cloud service
    That's over reacting act, i believe? Why would their employee hack your data? There are laws abiding by the company!

    4. Your things aren't actually on your computer, you have to wait for them to upload and download to the cloud service
    No, if you follow sync method, then all your data stored on your local computer and then sync all the updates & files.

    5. Privacy issues, data mining, selling information to advertisers
    Read their SLA's. You will get a better idea! About selling information to advertisers, well that is suspicious. Even search engines / sites do sell!

    6. Internet connection is needed to access data
    Yes it requires. You may search for offline back-up as well. But again, then there will be no such concept of cloud storage if you can't access it from anywhere?
     
  12. Mark steven macrumors newbie

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    Why do you store personal information in cloud services

    Cloud computing service store data on a server rather than on your hard drive so that you can access it from any Internet-enabled device.
     
  13. jojoba macrumors 68000

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    This. In addition, I don't store personal information in the cloud, it's primarily collections of research articles and other resources that are not personal in nature, plus some of my work in progress which I doubt many people would find interesting enough to abuse.
     

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