Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Apr 2012 17:39 UTC
Google Well, this has been a very, very long time in the making. Google has finally unveiled its big Dropbox competitor: Google Drive. You start with 5GB for free, and you can go all the way to 1TB for $50 per month. This is a big deal for many (if you were to use rumouring as a gauge), but all I can think of is this: why on earth would you entrust your files to a company - any company - whose sole interest is extracting money from you, and who, to boot, is subject to crazy American laws?
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should have done a bit more research
by jabbotts on Wed 25th Apr 2012 15:32 UTC
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Unless you're a hypocrite, you'll realise all these internet storage services suffer from a fatal flaw: a complete lack of privacy. SkyDrive, Dropbox, iCloud, and now Google Drive - there's absolutely no way to know what's being done with your data and who has access to it.


You should have looked around a little before jumping to your keyboard in a frothing rant.

Dropbox and similar are indeed broken as long as the user's data is not inaccessible by anyone but the user. If the storage provider can decrypt your data then the service is broken by design.

Others like Jungle Disk and SpiderOak do not suffer from this broken implementation though. They are not able to decrypt user data or recover user's keys/password if it's lost. Your data can not be decrypted and handed over to anyone without your knowledge; you have to be served with the warrant for your data.

As for why someone who's had a USB in pocket since they broke the 128 meg barrier would consider outsourcing? Like any outsourcing question; I can't do it on my own as well.

Backups.. I can't do file block level de-duplicate data stored on redundant servers in co-located data centers for remotely the same cost as using hosted storage. This is where "can not loose" files are backed up in addition to my local Apple Timecapsule and equivalent Win/Deb automated backups.

Versioning.. I can't do that either. Git is fantastic against relevant directory trees but it's a heavily manual process. By default, I have that Git level of version tracking automated for any file in my hosted backup.

Synronization.. Automated sync between three or more locations including the version control and transferring only changed file blocks. This happens when it detects a file change not when I manually run a sync utility, wait for the "scanning for changes" then wait for transfers and success/fail reports.

I wouldn't discount a hosted service simply because it's a third party given modern encryption and options that are properly setup to lock even the service provider out of user's data.

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