Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Mar 2014 16:56 UTC
Internet & Networking

Microsoft has lost customers, including the government of Brazil.

IBM is spending more than a billion dollars to build data centers overseas to reassure foreign customers that their information is safe from prying eyes in the United States government.

And tech companies abroad, from Europe to South America, say they are gaining customers that are shunning United States providers, suspicious because of the revelations by Edward J. Snowden that tied these providers to the National Security Agency’s vast surveillance program.

Right. Because, as we all know, European governments did not fully comply with the US spying programs, nor have they similar programs of their own.

High time some smart company develops a very simple and straightforward 'personal cloud'; a simple, large box with loads of storage that you dump in the basement somewhere, with pre-configured email, internet storage, and so on. Also offer the ability to have multiple of these things tied to the same account for data duplication, so you can, say, dump one of them at a trusted friend's home. Make it platform-agnostic and encrypted, et voila.

Doesn't sound like something that's terribly hard to do.

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RE[3]: Personal Cloud
by ricegf on Sat 22nd Mar 2014 17:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Personal Cloud"
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However how do you transfer it securely?

That was the point of my post. I must not have been clear (sorry).

* You set up the server.
* You use an offline computer to create the one-time pad and write the one-time pad to two one-time-read SD cards.
* You place one SD card in your server and the other in your wallet for use in connecting to your server.

This avoids the transfer problem entirely. It's a special case, of course, but it is the special case that we're discussing in this thread.

Does that clear up why a one-time pad works in this instance?

t seems like quantum mechanics offers an easier and more secure approach

More secure, yes, but easier?? Where do I buy a quantum server to put in my basement, and a quantum smartphone to carry around with me, pray tell?

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