‘The Cloud’ Scares The Hell Out Of Me!

The recent experiences of Matt Honan in the USA have highlighted a major problem with ‘The Cloud’ that in my opinion is only going to get worse. Over the last few days we have heard about Matt’s case where his entire digital life was erased by a hacker who got into his account via the Apple Tech Assistance. This is just the first of what I am sure is going to be a sustained attack by hackers to get at people’s private data.

Everything Is Connected – Everywhere

Until now, all my private data was kept on my hard-drive in my computer and with the proper anti-virus software and a good firewall I have been able to keep hackers out, but now? With the introduction of this ‘Cloud’ thingamy I am no longer master of my own data. It will in the future be stored somewhere in cyberspace because all computer companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft are going ‘Cloud’. If I wish to keep up with the latest technology I have no choice but to go along with it, whether I wish to or not. To me this is setting a very dangerous precedent, and the day will come when the whole thing comes crashing down.

If He Doesn’t Trust It Neither Do I

I am certainly not the only one with this opinion, for Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple has also said in public that he sees ‘horrendous problems’ in the future as cloud-based computing takes hold. He said.”I really worry about everything going to the cloud, I think it’s going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years.” He added: “With the cloud, you don’t own anything. You already signed it away” through the legalistic terms of service with a cloud provider that computer users must agree to. I want to feel that I own things. A lot of people feel, ‘Oh, everything is really on my computer,’ but I say the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we’re going to have control over it.” Well! For my money, he should know better than most of us.

Sure, its nice to be able to transfer information between my iPhone, tablet and computer, but at what cost. My data will never have been more vulnerable! All the experts talk of their security arrangements for the cloud with encryption and passwords and all that other baloney, but hackers are not as stupid as the presuppose. The United States government and defence systems are among the most secure on the planet, but that hasn’t stopped hackers getting in time and time again. So what chance do we have with the ‘Cloud’.

The Tip Of The Iceberg, And They Are Not The Real Criminals

You can bet your last dollar that at sometime in the near future someone is going to get in again and create havoc. Just imagine, the passwords, bank details, e-mail addresses, correspondence and all the rest of the data you and I, and tens of millions of others wish to keep to ourselves will be available to the first low-life who gets in. The experts can rabbit on forever about how ‘safe’ it all is but they will never convince me, and they should not convince you with all their glib talk.

Its always the same old story, when someone comes along with an idea that will be a  huge benefit to the world, there is always someone who will use it for personal profit. Criminals hack into our computers looking for bank passwords and the like, and the Spam, market is growing day by day. Imagine if someone managed to get into the Cloud! Of course, I know everyone has protected their data with a personal password etc. and there must be millions in the Cloud, but that will not stop these nasty individuals from creating havoc once they have penetrated the outer defences, and as we saw last week, they are easy to breach.

Waiting For An Opportunity

If we the people allow this travesty we will have no-one to blame but ourselves when the muck hits the fan. I just bought a new iPhone 4S yesterday, but you can bet your life I did not activate the ‘Cloud’ function and I am sure I never will. Hopefully, Apple, Google and Microsoft will give users the option of joining the ‘Cloud’ just like the 4S phone, otherwise I will be very annoyed at being forced to use something I do not consider safe.

If there was a movement to counter the introduction of the ‘Cloud’ I would be the first to sign up. I feel safer with my old P.C. hard-drive and I would willingly enter the ‘Cloud’ like I would enter the fires of Hell.

Roy.

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