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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by Gestahlt on Tue 24th Apr 2012 18:22 UTC
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Hm,i donĀ“t know. I also wouldnt store my stuff online. The only use i can see is as a share accross multiple devices and locations but then again, i always have a usb stick with me or the stuff on my smartphone where i can access it via wlan, bluetooth, cable, whatever.

As Thom said, im also old fashioned. Im afraid that when i store some funny text i found somewhere i might get arrested when i have to go to Timbuktu for a business trip.

And to encrypt all data and obfuscate everything before i store it is just too complicated. And besides, i have a lot to do with high performance computing and i know that in the next few months the unbrutable algo will become obsolete. Especially with the power the most companys have at hand.

Realistically i really doubt that will happen now and i dont think i might be interesting to any goverments. But then again: what wont hurt you now, might bite your a$$ in the future.

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ironhead Member since:

And to encrypt all data and obfuscate everything before i store it is just too complicated.

What about sshfs & encfs? I'm using the combination of sshfs & encfs and some web space where I have ssh access.
So the data is encrypted on the client and should be secure (unless there is a severe bug in encfs) and I don't need any tools to access the data, just mount it.
Not good for high performance but very simple to use.

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Valhalla Member since:

And to encrypt all data and obfuscate everything before i store it is just too complicated.

Ehh? Just about every archiver in existance can encrypt your files. All you need to do is to remember ONE password. I can't see how that can be 'too complicated'.

I have no problem with having my own creations backed up (encrypted) on a 'cloud drive'. Sure if I had something I didn't want CIA to know about then no, I wouldn't (and in this day and age I can't blame people who do really), but my own programs/graphics/etc, no problem. I just don't think Google or CIA is interested in stealing my creative works.

I continously backup my personal data on physical storage so putting it on a 'cloud drive' is just another safety measure with the added bonus of it being accessable from anywhere as long as I can get an internet connection.

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tdemj Member since:

Yes, encrypting your files is easy, but some of the cloud functionality is about syncing calendars, reminders, photos, or game progress between devices. There's no archiver app, and there are not even files, just implicit streams of data.

It's not necessarily true that only criminals should be concerned. People have lost their jobs over a picture of them drinking beer, or as of very recently, over in-vitro fertilization. You have no idea what innocuous comment or act may trigger hatred in someone around you who has a fairly different idea about how you should live your life. Moral standards change over time, and vary vasty from region to region. Not to mention your intentions could be misunderstood or taken out of context, and boom, all of a sudden you're a villain.

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