Do you know where your files are?
Years ago, there was a public information broadcast on late night television, “Do you know where your children are?”. Children should be home and in bed in late night hours. Most kids are responsible but there are a small group that trouble seems to follow. An appropriate question today should be, “Do you know where your files are?”.
Today, we live in a “cloud “society. Everyone has a computer or cell phone that is connected to the cloud. You might not even realize that your device is connected. It is probably uploading your files to the cloud. Do you know where all your files are? What company is hosting your files?
“It is safe in the cloud…” doesn’t make me feel secure. Do you want all of your personal information available to you and EVERYONE else? A year or two ago, some popular female entertainers had embarrassing pictures stolen from the cloud. They incorrectly assumed that their pictures were “safe and secure”. How can something be secure when you have no control over it? Do you have a personal contact at the place that stores your data? Any correspondence is anonymous, there is no personal contact. Do you feel that your data is in good hands?
When the online storage fad started, the public was lulled into a false sense of security. There have been too many mistakes and security issues that the public doesn’t even realize may have occurred. There have been major security problems that are disclosed YEARS after the event. It has been said that people have short memories but we all need to realize that some businesses seem to have histories of problems. Do you really want to store your information at a storage facility that has a bad track record?
Do you like not being treated like a paying customer? “Too big to fail” is really an unacceptable phrase in the customer service context. If a business promises security but fails, move your information somewhere else.
There were a lot of businesses that tried to answer the need for online storage. Many have come and gone. Do you really need to be able to get to your data quickly? Do you need to share your information with others? If you can get your data, so can other people.
Big news that has been boiling before and after the election is the idea that foreign powers may have attempted to influence our elections. It may be a lot of worry about nothing but what if? Keepers of data need to be serious about security. Are you having second thoughts about storing things in the cloud?