What has me more worried than anything these days is online storage. The cloud. No, I’m not worried about Skynet and the potential for machines to rise up against man. The fear I have is twofold; someone watching my data, and my data getting deleted or altered.
Who Monitors Monitors?
Let me start with the fear of the latter problem; data becoming alter or deleted altogether. It can happen. It already does happen.
iCloud is handy and mostly free but anyone who has used iCloud knows that Apple doesn’t quite get how cloud services probably should work.
Bookmarks get mangled from Mac to iPhone. Changes to the Keychain sometimes don’t make the transfer from iPhone to Mac.
Files are not easily managed on an individual basis and sometimes simply disappear altogether (only to show up again a few days later– where did they go?).
Worse, Apple has iCloud connected to everything these days– Mail, iTunes, bookmarks and keychain, Calendar and Contacts, Reminders and Notes– not to mention the dozens of 3rd party apps which use iCloud to sync data.
Dropbox works much like iCloud because it can be integrated within apps on both OS X and iOS devices, but at least you have easy access to files and folders and can manage them accordingly (and they’re easy to backup elsewhere).
It seems that every week or two we read of a dangerous new bug or a breach of millions of credit cards or login IDs and passwords from banks, retail stores, credit card companies, and other institutions which should be paragons of security but obviously are not.
Microsoft, Amazon, Google and many others want us to store everything– files, documents, data, music, movies, photos– on their cloud services. Having a copy of critical files off premise sounds like a good idea until someone gets poked in the eye.
I’m even bothered by the so-called sync services that backup files. If data is accidentally deleted on the cloud server is it possible the next sync will also wipe out data on my Mac or iPhone?
It has happened. It will happen again.
I want Apple to come down hard on the side of privacy and security and treat me differently than Google, Amazon, et al (remember, to Google you’re the product, not the customer). Make my personal information and my data completely secure and private. And make secure backup that’s completely foolproof.