Is it possible for Mac, iPhone, and iPad customers to use their favorite devices without being connected to ‘the cloud?‘ Not really. The cloud– online storage and applications and data– is ubiquitous. Love it or hate it, the cloud– including iCloud– is here to stay.
Trust, But Verify
Escaping ‘the cloud’ isn’t easy because it’s already become so pervasive; we rely on the cloud for almost everything today.
Credit card transactions? They’re handled in the cloud. Buying products online? That’s all cloud-based.
Got a Calendar and email and Contacts that sync up between your Apple iDevices? They’re all connected to the cloud (as in Apple’s version, iCloud).
There are a number of issues about the cloud that we need to be aware. First, the cloud is already here, already ubiquitous, and it’s not going away.
Second, the cloud is dangerous. How so? At a base level we store valuable information in ‘the cloud’ servers somewhere we know not, and we trust that all is well; until something blows up.
The cloud is loosely defined as internet-based computing where remote servers are networked and share data processing tasks, storage, and online access for services.
The cloud as we know it is hackable; if it’s not credit card number theft, it’s personal photos we’d rather not share with the world.
Yet, we’re stuck using the cloud simply to make use of modern technology, therefore, we need a strategy of ‘trust, but verify.’
Trust, but verify is a form of advice given which recommends that while a source of information might be considered reliable, one should perform additional research to verify that such information is accurate, or trustworthy.
It’s ironic that ‘trust, but verify‘ is from a Russian proverb (Russians are known for hacking systems worldwide; much like the NSA and the Chinese government; hmmmm).
How can we Mac, iPhone, and iPad users ‘trust, but verify’ our use of the cloud? If Apple, Google, credit card companies, and governments cannot secure their own data online, what can we do to avoid a similar fate?
That’s my solution until there’s a more viable solution that absolutely positively guarantees the safety and security of my online data storage and usage. It’s not an ‘off the grid’ strategy, but it uses a similar effect– fewer credit cards, fewer online purchases, fewer bank accounts, higher security options (can’t wait for Apple Pay), and whatever else keeps my online profile at a minimum.
I’m willing to trust, but I need more verification. Oh, and Google apps? They’re history.