Murphy's Law: Is Cloud A Growing Storm on the Horizon?

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Mr_Histamine

To comment on your major points:

Hardware - Although USB keys and SD cards are small and cheap as hell, I'm surprised they still aren't being used as keys to your portable computer/device.  A key is used to gain entry to, and activate a car; why not apply the same concept to electronics.  They even make wireless SD cards now, so why not make a key that requires a certain amount of proximity to the device.  Then again...that would require some form of standardization - and we all know how well that'll go...

Access & Storage - to dumb this down even more; You could use third party encryption software (i.e. TrueCrypt) to - once a day/week/month/whatever - properly encrypt and migrate your data to the cloud.  All encryption/decryption should take place on the user's machine; the only information available to the hosting company would be the file's properties.  And even if someone else were to download your files - they wouldn't be able to open them without using the machine you created it on (however, if you had a key...you wouldn't be tethered to a single machine, you could access your data on any machine you want).

It's amazing that with the billions of dollars these companies make, they still can't get basic security concepts right.

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TheMurph

I love your first idea -- i'd love to have some kind of device attached to my keychain that "verifies" me to my phone.  Of course, you'd always have to have your keys with you if you wanted to access said device, which might be irksome in the average home environment.  Still, a thought to ponder.

In theory, one can brute-force or otherwise bypass hardware encryption--laborious as it might be.  Given that an average user is likely to have said device in his or her possession most of the time, I'm much more concerned about protecting the data during its weakest point--the transfer between the system and the cloud.

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Mr_Histamine

Don't know about most people, but I usually have my keys clipped to my belt loops even when I'm at home - but I could see how that'd be a hassle (most people have one or two cars, in contrast to their 5+ devices).  It's a thin line between security and convenience...

You're right about security during transfer; I'm no security expert (nor do I play one on TV), but I think having security before, during, and after the transfer process would be ideal.  And if I were one of these Cloud companies, I'd think the average person would probably be more excited about the ways in which their data is protected, than having a omnipotent central storage system.

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DBsantos77

 Once again great write up Murph, now it's time for that vacation we spoke of. (Pun intended.)

On a side note, it will be very interesting to see where the Cloud will be in a year or maybe five years. So much sensitive data and so little to make it all go wrong. 

-Santos

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TheMurph

I mean, I'm not walking around with a tin-foil hat and a perma-connection to the 'net.  However, I just think that there's a lot of danger involved in turning over your entire life, as it were, to a faceless entitity.  And I could probably write another full column on the concept of information being the new currency...

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Mr_Histamine

I was talking about this very subject to a friend of mine awhile back.  My view was that currency wouldn't go away - instead, the influence it once held would be transfered to information.

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TheMurph

Perhaps I should rephrase that -- with the growth of cloud into the consumer space, information is an even more valuable commodity.  After all, what does a company like google get for giving away free storage space?  The answer, obviously, is Google's chief moneymaker: Information (or increased access to it)

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Mr_Histamine

You should write a mini-column on the subject; it'd be interesting to here your insight on the subject...at least for me...don't know about everyone else though...

And as always, great column. 

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DBsantos77

 Totally agree.

-Santos

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