Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Dec 2009 23:28 UTC
Editorial Now that everything is moving to the cloud internet, you might think that data loss is a thing of the past. Sadly, as the past few months have taught us, this actually isn't true; we first had the Microsoft/Danger disaster, and now we have Palm and Sprint facing a class-action lawsuit over data loss for webOS phones. All this raises the question: how safe is it to store your precious data on the internet, and do you really trust the internet?
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NEVER
by Redeeman on Thu 10th Dec 2009 01:06 UTC
Redeeman
Member since:
2006-03-23

i will never trust my data with any cloud or such service, least of all google. anyone that would are simply insane and needs help. i wont use software that locks my data in snotty formats either - life is simply too short to deal with such crap

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RE: NEVER
by shadowhand on Thu 10th Dec 2009 02:25 in reply to "NEVER"
shadowhand Member since:
2005-07-06

Guess I am "insane" then... Google handles my email, phone calls, instant messaging, searches, most documents, and my online payments. How many times have I lost data? Zero. How much has it cost me? I have actually made money... my AdSense revenue is higher than the 3% I am charged to take payments via Google Checkout.

I know all you security folks hate the idea of letting Google sift through your personal data. However, anything that consolidates my data, makes it redundant, available on any computer with internet access, while improving the accuracy of searching for information gets a bigs thumbs up from me. Then again, I don't have anything to hide... I would probably read 100% of my email to my mother, or even my girlfriend's mother.

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RE[2]: NEVER
by marcp on Thu 10th Dec 2009 12:43 in reply to "RE: NEVER"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

Permanent Fatal Error ... it is hardly about "I have nothing to hide" philosophy [and it's a childish way of thinking too]. It is rather about: "will they use my data to track me / make money on me / spy me / sell it / use targeted marketing on me ... or ... "will someone else gain an access to the data stored on their servers?". Just use your imagination. Don't be that straightforwardly naive.

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RE[2]: NEVER "I don't have anything to hide"
by jabbotts on Thu 10th Dec 2009 15:20 in reply to "RE: NEVER"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Could I grab your bank information and credit card numbers.. I'll just hold on to them for safe keeping and you can let me know if you loose your copy. It's ok, you have nothing to hide so why value any privacy?

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RE[2]: NEVER
by sbergman27 on Thu 10th Dec 2009 15:28 in reply to "RE: NEVER"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Then again, I don't have anything to hide... I would probably read 100% of my email to my mother, or even my girlfriend's mother.

How can you live like that?! Or... where *do* you keep your dirt?

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RE: NEVER
by TechGeek on Thu 10th Dec 2009 14:05 in reply to "NEVER"
TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

There are a ton of open source encryption programs out there. No one says you have to let them sift through your files. You need to start thinking out side the box.

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