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 frank on Wed 25th Apr 2012 18:28 UTC
frank
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I've installed some synching software before but usually, after around 6 months, maybe a year, I realize that my system needs upgrading and I end up spending an entire weekends patching, upgrading, and snapshotting systems that I dependended on. Also, when I picked up an iphone, the client for dropbox was already there. I didn't have to wait for a client to be developed, or find a workaorund.

More and more, if I can make use of online services and lighten my own server dependency, I will do so. I have enough to do than worry about a file synching service when a more stable and accessible alternative is offered for free.

Privacy, on the other hand, is a separate matter. I have very few documents or emails that would compromise my privacy. Some of those documents, I leave on my system - I don't worry about synching them. Others, I might encrypt before putting on dropbox. Keepass is a good example. Those files are encrypted and synched.

At the end of the day, we should stop thinking in such a binary system. There's a whole slew of hybrid solutions out there - each with its own level of protection. Primary email and Bank account passwords are a *lot* harder to break than tertiary emails and test accounts that I create for beta web apps.

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