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How secure is data on cloud?

by Davidatcnetforum / May 23, 2012 2:59 PM PDT

Dependence on cloud computing is growing day by day; yet we are not aware if it is safe to be on cloud.

I don't know how many of you will comfortably share your personal HDD that has fully encrypted personal data on it....

Is the condition with cloud as well?

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Depends on whose cloud you are on.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 24, 2012 4:31 AM PDT

Let's say I put some PGP encrypted file on a private cloud server (Pogo for example?)

That's about as secure as it gets today. The top two clouds in the news (I won't name them) are under pressure from some governement's "going dark" concern so you can be sure what you put there is readable by many more than you.

Read http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20032518-281.html and then you can research how this agency has been fighting the going dark issue since 2006 or prior.

The message is clear. There is no private data on the clouds.

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In addition to security concerns
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 24, 2012 4:40 AM PDT

what about if the Cloud Service you happen to be using disappears?

It can happen. The curse of free cloud services: A cautionary tale

Those who use the cloud as backup would do well to consider their strategy.


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Cloud Security
by l8rb / May 25, 2012 5:44 PM PDT

First, a clarification: 'Cloud' is a recent buzzword that translates to 'Server Farm'.

With that in mind, there are some arguments in favor of a cloud in that (in some cases) your stored data is over-encrypted and split up between more than one server in an attempt to A) keep the employees' mitts off, and B) to uphold the concept that splitting data between more than one unit is intrinsically 'safer'...or the 'eggs in one basket' saw.

The downside is: a power outage in Philly (for example) may mean you cannot get to your grandkids photos, or your latest music mix when YOU want to, maybe not for days to weeks. Inversely, an unmonitored power surge could wipe out the directory file that tells the system where your other bits are, and the fine print absolves the 'farmers' of suffering any recourse.

Sooo, the old latin expression 'Caveat Emptor' (Buyer Beware) is most neccessary in considering use of a Cloud service...might be better off to buy another stand-alone drive for a back-up. :-D


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Secure online cloud storage
by Peters9661 / May 6, 2014 1:10 AM PDT

With cloud storage, you can store, upload, share and sync your most important files, folders, photos, videos and many other highly vital important data in a secure online cloud storage
I have been using a few cloud storage providers that are great like Mozy, Data Protecto and Carbonite for this purpose.

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by Chooopy / May 6, 2014 11:20 PM PDT

It's scary to think of who is accessing data stored on cloud storage services, and now with the government joining in, data doesn't seem to be safe anywhere! As a general precaution, even though not 100% secure either, keeping all sensitive company data in house on company machines and servers is the first step, and at least adds a nice layer of protection.

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Cloud Security
by AmyMB7 / July 25, 2014 7:14 AM PDT

Hi, I think that cloud security is dependent on how the data is stored and who can access it. Like my product, JunoHCM, we have user access control which controls who can get a hold of information and who can view it. It stays within the company so it is very secure.

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Very insecure.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 25, 2014 7:34 AM PDT
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No guarantees when it comes to cloud computing
by lucaaron / September 4, 2014 2:09 AM PDT

I don't know how long it will take for people to finally realize that cloud computing is not secure.

Whether it be Target, or reports of a major banking hack (as recently reported), it seems that no one wants to wake up to the dangers of storing data in the cloud.

Don't get me wrong, I think cloud computing will pave the pathway to the future-- but there will be some serious kinks to work out along the way. Some of them may be devastating.

I just think we need to be prepared for the problems cloud computing will present us with. We need to move forward and be progressive but in an educated and prepared manner!

Note: This post was edited by a forum moderator to remove promotional link on 09/04/2014 at 11:05 AM PT

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