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Then you just gave it to whom ever owns that cloud.

According to Google Drive’s policies, distributing what Google deems to be “misleading content related to civic and democratic processes,” “misleading content related to harmful health practices,” “manipulated media” is prohibited with possible exceptions when the content is used in an “educational, documentary, scientific, or artistic context.”

Big Brother is watching you.

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No and never will. With the cost of buying a gigabyte of data storage being as low as it is I see no reason to trust some random mega corp with my information. A lot of businesses use the cloud and get absolutely hammered in costs if they ever have to retrieve any of that data from the holder. Along with all the risks.
 

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It seems the computer does it on its own. I suppose some of you computer wizards know how to stop it. ;-)
 
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No. Here are the reasons:
1. at one time I used a major off-site company that advertised that it recorded every key stroke and you could go back a few versions of the same text. When my computer failed and I needed to download the backup:
a. the national backup company had failed to advise that if you wanted a full back up restore, it would take days, and,
b. the national backup company's server was down for over a week.
2. I noticed that companies like youtube, Hulu and others were starting to charge/run excessive advertisements/censor material. I wanted copies of say youtube videos as it was clear that the company was starting to squeeze people. So, I took 6 salvaged hard drives and backed up youtube videos so that I never have to rely on that company.
3. I learned last year that companies keep switching their support and do not always produce software that is backwards compatible. So, I put photos/tape videos, etc. on usb keys and keep monitoring "new and improved" software/backup medias for the problem of non-backwards compatibility. Cloud people are the same - unreliable.
4. When people hype the "cloud", they were the same people who hyped Microsoft for saying there would never be any operating system past Windows 10 (which they keep updating. So, they didn't lie. Microsoft just has release packs instead of re-numbering releases of the operating system. This is the company that the guy in charge of bringing Widows 8 to market retired in the same month that it was released.
 

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No and never will. With the cost of buying a gigabyte of data storage being as low as it is I see no reason to trust some random mega corp with my information. A lot of businesses use the cloud and get absolutely hammered in costs if they ever have to retrieve any of that data from the holder. Along with all the risks.
Data is valuable. Businesses utilize cloud storage because they're cheaper to maintain, grow, and secure. Ideally, for every 1TB of data, you'd need a minimum of 6TB of storage; 4TB if you like to take risks.
 

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Yes, encrypted backups are the safe and secure way tp leverage cloud storage... Your data is offsite and if your apartment, house or business is leveled by water, wind or fire, you can recover.
 

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Someone should invent some kind of cable or something that transmits data. So then you can put data storage in different buildings to store data. Maybe invent some kind of software program to automatically back up data at certain times of the day. Oh wait....
 

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If you use iPhone and/or iPad you are almost certainly also using iCloud. DropBox is a cloud product. As is Kindle. As is Nook.
 

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I keep financial and admin data on my local drive and on backups.

All of my technical data is on DropBox. I don't see what anybody could do with it. Unless they are in my field, they won't understand what they are looking at. Even if they hire someone like me to explain it to them, there is no financial advantage in knowing I think there's a 40000 lb load at this or that part of the structure.

DropBox has saved the day quite a few times. If a file is corrupted, then I can restore a previous version in two minutes. Files and folders can be shared among team-mates, etc.

There is a cloud service called sync.com that has different encryption and better privacy. I tried an early version a couple years ago and it wasn't stable enough at the time. If privacy is a concern, one might take a look at it.
 

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Using cloud storage for sensitive information is one of those stupid things people will do and then act "shocked" when they find out it's been compromised.

Don't get me wrong; there are some fantastic uses for cloud computing. I lost photos of my mother from WWII. She was hanging out with her work friends in their Rosie the Riveter outfits while they were building B17's. They were lost in a fire - family heirlooms, lost forever. Having such things on the cloud would have saved them.

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Yes. I use Carbonite data backup storage. I try to remember to backup to DVD every so often, but realistically months go by without me doing a random backup.... meanwhile, Carbonite does it once a day automatically.

Cloud storage has been great for when one of my computers unexpectedly crashed - most critical information was saved and transferred to a new computer.

A few times when I've bought new computers most information was very easily transferred using the online storage.

Do I "trust" it? Not really, but the ease of use is huge, and the automatic backup can be a big saving grace.

Do I think other people have access to it? Yes. The information stored is just basic small business info, and the saved games from online Battlefield games and whatnot.

And probably my internet surfing history, which would probably burn the eyeballs of some people... lol!

I do think some people really need to have it explained to them what "online cloud storage" is, how it works, and how not completely secure it is.

But for running day to day operations, it is great and I wouldn't want to go back to the "old days" of files and files and bushels of files....
 
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Also, I've had this discussion with computer geeks about long term storage of digital information.

We know information written down on paper, or rock, etc can last a loooooong time (eons?), but digital...

Heck, digital information can get corrupted in the short term. Also, some storage media just doesn't last that long. My understanding is that hard drives and DVD are best, then CD_ROM, then thumb drives in that order of dependable long term storage.

Okay... so you've stored your digital info as best you know how. What about 10 years down the road? Will you be able to "read" it?

I still have some 5" floppy discs laying around - nothing I own now can access those. Same with 3.5" discs.

What about 20 years down the road? or 50 years?

"Digital storage" is the absolute worst way, in my mind, to store any kind of critical information. And I use it because the ease of use is Huge, and I try to remember to backup on different mediums.
 
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I can't throw things high enough to reach the cloud. I don't know how people do it.
 
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