I've been considering using cloud services, to store and share my files across my different devices, and to be able to access them when I am out of town.
However, my biggest fear is hacking ! Often I read about cloud accounts being hacked, and content stolen or erased! It really scares the hell out of me.
In the other hand, I think that cloud storage providers like Apple, Amazon, etc,… might have higher security levels, than my own computer and home network. So, where will my data be the safer ?
Are you using cloud data storage? Any recommendations or thoughts about it ?
April 16, 2017
Clouds are very convenient; this is a great invention. But I am staying away from them. The reason is, that I don't like the idea of putting all of my eggs in the same basket, or more precisely, in the basket of someone else.
The problem is still the same: hackers prefer to target big companies, more than individual people. There will be the day hackers can enter into a big cloud network, and this will be millions of accounts they can hack at once.
I prefer to keep my data myself, I make backups on external disks, that I do not leave connected to my computer, outside of backup sessions.
Now, about the convenience of sharing data among several devices, that is a very neat feature. You might be able to achieve it yourself ! You can use your own computer as a cloud server. There are several softwares, often free (like ownCloud), that you can install on your home computer, and it lets you share a folder among other devices, including remote devices, like a smartphone or a tablet, worldwide. It's not very hard, but, it requires a minimum effort, and to read tutorials and things like that. But that's very nice.
Some companies are proposing to lease you your own cloud server, for a moderate price. That is also a good alternative.
I don't know in the USA, but in Europe, some ISP are enabling the possibility to use their modem as a cloud server.
Just to say I wouldn't risk to put my data elsewhere. May be I am wrong, and too old, but I think you are never paranoid enough, and careful when it comes to new hardwares and softwares.
May 06, 2017
I stayed away from cloud storage.
My worries are :
- loosing my data because of a failure or mistake of the cloud host,
- getting my data stolen by hackers,
- having my data hostages from the cloud host,
So I keep my data at home, I use external disks to make back ups, and I am fine with that.
October 16, 2018