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How secure is 'Cloud Storage'?

Still on the fence about installing Windows 10. I have 1 Windows 7 and 2 Win 8.1 machines. I see that Win 10 'offers' free Cloud Storage, and that the system relies on P2P methods to keep existing machines 'updated'... (true/untrue?) A technique that every AV/Anti-Malware program warns AWAY from!

1- What makes 'Cloud Storage' more secure than say security of storage on your home computer HD?

2- Does Win 10 allow Peer-to-Peer programs to operate or does it block them?

Thanks in advance for any thought along these lines

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Who's asking?
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As to 10. Not on the fence.
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When I can buy a 3 TB HD for $80, why use the cloud?

Granted that if my house burns down or some thief breaks in and steals the backup drive, I might lose some data. However I keep my most critical data in 4 places. One on my main desktop, two on external hard drives, and one on a flash drive I keep locked in my car (which has a security system). Some claim they need the cloud for portability, but you can put 128 GB on a flash drive that you can buy for under $30 these days. Some talk about shared projects, but if you have to share data for development projects on a day by day basis, you just haven't designed your project well.
I have a cousin who was using the cloud for backup when his hard drive went out. He had to do without his PC for the better part of a week, had many problems getting all his data back, and it took a couple of weeks to get things back close to normal. This guy is a PhD engineer FWIW. By way of contrast, I had my main hard drive go out back in July. A 30 min. trip to get a replacement drive plus an hour to replace the failed one and do a full system restore, and I was back to normal with nothing lost and everything working just fine. It seems like a no brainer to me.

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Well the advantage of the cloud is

you can use it on multiple machines from anywhere without having to use ports. I store my work phone number document is the cloud as I can access it in emergeny. So it depends on the user needs. I believe the cloud is more secure but more af a target. I have 2.75 TB of disk space and a 5 TB external drive and still use the cloud.

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So advantage to ease of use over security?

You can see where most folk will go now.

Given Lavabit and more, I'm unconvinced it's secure.

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(NT) How much trouble is it to plug in a flash drive?

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