Cloud Servers

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Djarum, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    I'm not sure if any of you guys have been following the celebrity news in the last few days, but iCloud was hacked and many celebs had NSFW photos copied from iCloud. I've always wondered how safe these servers are. I'm not sure how iCloud differs from something like flickr. It seems like a novel idea, but wouldn't putting photos on some USB drives in a safe storage location be safer? Anyone use those services?
     
  2. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Cloud is mature technology in each of it's forms - private, virtual private and public. Flickr is not cloud tech, Google Drive, Amazon Drive and Dropbox are, as is iCloud. Corporates tend to stay away from iCloud, however because it is relatively insecure, lacking any form of secure encryption. That said the celebrities who have had their accounts hacked were victims of nothing more high tech than phishing, and inductive reasoning - in other word the wetware was the weakest link. Use such things by all means, but be sensible with passwords.
     
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  3. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    Thanks Bill.

    I guess even as much as I am apart of this high tech world with my job and everyday life, I'm a bit paranoid. I guess I'm more old school and would think a dedicated network or USB drive would be more secure. Granted, that means one has to have closer proximity to the device to gain access. In this phishing/hacking case, one has to wonder why would celebrities need remote access to that sort of data/photos in the first place. I've been debating on a plan for myself to back up all my photos and data, roughly a terrabyte. Currently I use USB drives. SSD might be a little better when it comes a little more affordable for me.
     
  4. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Ironically most of the companies I work with ban USB drives as high risk items. They are a major vector for viruses.
     
  5. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason

    If one is going from computer to computer with one..you bet. If I have a clean computer and back it all up to a USB and only plug it in when I need to backup, I don't see the problem. If I have an infected computer I'll clean it before backing up photos/data.
     
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  6. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    There are applications about these days which do allow you to set up your "own cloud" service so you can access when away from home, for example. I like iCloud but don't think I'll be switching over to the storage service. I like it the way it is right now. I think theres going to be an option to change, or not, once Yosemite is released. I like dropbox, box and copy.

    http://lifehacker.com/5993596/how-t...storage-service-in-five-minutes-with-owncloud
     
  7. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    We use drop box at work. Its OK. Icloud seems good but I'd hate hacked.
     
  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I think if I ever use iCloud-type online storage, I'll use compromising photos of myself as security AGAINST hacking :eek:
     
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  9. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I tried cloud storage but all my bits got wet
     
  10. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    As icloud is at the moment... its more about streaming from one device to another. For example, if I load a bunch of photographs onto my computer, they are also available to my ipads and iphone. It would be nice if it were direct but it goes via the icloud servers. I have not yet got any capacity to store my photographs in icloud (in a way that I can access them direct) so I am not sure exactly how the celebs got done. The hackers must have found some way into that photostream.
     
  11. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    is it only celebs who take NSFW photos of themselves, or this a widespread craze that I'm missing out on?
     
  12. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Gimme your phone number Nic and I'll text you one of me to make your eyes bulge ...
     
  13. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Just upload it to the cloud, I'll hack it later :smile: