Wednesday, August 10, 2011

In the cloud?

Have you tried it, the whole 'computing in the cloud' bit? I have such mixed feelings about it. In theory, it sounds pretty cool: you keep all your files on a virtual server, so you don't have to worry so much about a hard drive crash plus you can get away with a less robust (i.e., cheaper) computer. It doesn't have to be a desktop with a zillion-gig hard drive. It can be a laptop with Internet connectivity. Period.

It's the practical side that worries me. Having battled computer invaders first hand this year (I still bear the scars), I wonder how secure my files would be in the nebulous cloud? 

(I can see some hacker taking aim at these floating laptops right now...)

I've been scanning the posts by exec Michael Hyatt about Evernote, and he makes it sound like a great thing. But I'm still on the fence. I guess I need to hear from some others. 

So if you have any input or have tried the cloud and loved/hated it, I'd love to hear it!


Maria Zannini said...

I'm such a paranoid person. I used Drop Box once because it was necessary but I couldn't shake the feeling of insecurity.

I like to know what's mine remains mine.

LuAnn said...

I have a friend whose brother is a complete computer geek. He said to avoid the cloud (and similar programs) at all costs!

Cate Masters said...

I know what you mean, Maria. I'd always be worrying someone was copying my files, although it's still possible now with hackers it seems moreso with the cloud.

Yikes, LuAnn - scary! Did he say why?

Angela Brown said...

I haven't tried Cloud and the few friends who have, well, they aren't singing its praises. So the only cloud for me is the the one that passes in the sky, not one with my information. I admit it could be paranoia but I like having my information a little closer than the atmosphere.

Marva Dasef said...

My 40+ years dealing with computers (before there was any such thing as a PC), I've learned to NEVER go with the new stuff until they force you to kicking and screaming. And they will.

Cate Masters said...

Interesting, Angela. Too many kinks to work out yet?

And good point, Marva. Never ever go with version 1.0 of anything!