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What do you think of iCloud for document storage?
Authored by: fferitt25 on Aug 14, '12 09:05:11AM

I can't speak for the actual good/ bad of the service. I messed with iDisk way back once upon a time ago - it wasn't anything special - more of a novelty.

I'm not sure what the underlying idea of all these Companies out there trying to push online storage actually is.

But issues to the extent that they now have a copy of everything you have put on their servers. Read their TOS thoroughly - some companies like Google and Adobe claim rights to a copy of what you upload. Just because you delete it from your account and no longer have access to it - does not mean it is gone (in a stricter sense than deleting soemthing from a local hard drive and being able to recover a lost file).

Let's stay in the "legal" realm here - but anything that is sensitive or should have limited access - should never go online - period. Current Web/ Internet Encryption standards - my grandmother could hack into.

Additionally - never rely on online storage as the primary gateway to all of your content - as Google would like for you to do w/ their Chromebooks eco-system. I see Apple trending this way as well - with the upswing of their new rMBP and the increase in MBA and iPad sales. Because if something happens to their servers (and don't kid yourself thinking it won't) your content is gone and they will most likely not be held liable.

Maybe as a third backup solution (just in case the primary content and first backup ever fail).

But online storage for anything that I give a damn about will never happen (unless Samsung and Seagate and Western Digital stop making hard drives).



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