Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Mon 16th May 2011 08:13 UTC, submitted by HAL2001
Google "Google Chrome OS is designed around the concept of "expendable" terminals that you can lose, drop or simply throw away without fear of losing your data, which is safely stored into the cloud. [However, one] thing is certain, with all your data being available into the cloud, in one place, available 24/7 through a fast internet link, this will be a goldmine for cybercriminals. All that is necessary here is to get hold of the authentication tokens required to access the cloud account."
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The Cloud -- great for document collaboration and sharing, free software like Google Docs, no worries for me about backups, and other advantages.

But also The Cloud -- who knows where your data is stored or who can see it? Security and backups may be well handled or not... it's not longer in your power to control them. And as far as using Google for the Cloud... their entire business plan is based on using other peoples' data (OPD).

The Cloud is great for many informal uses. But the companies and individuals who naively use it without probing -- deeply -- about specifics are taking big chances.

My slogan for the Cloud -- caveat emptor!

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