Cloud storage is great — but be careful what you put there

I could never understand why large publicly traded companies would allow themselves to be vulnerable to competitive intelligence breaches by using public cloud computing enterprise-wide …. This seems much more reasonable. But at what cost?


Marco Arment — creator of Instapaper, co-founder of Tumblr and internet-famous software developer — has a knack for sharing unique and thoughtful insights on technology. Take, for example, public cloud–based storage services, such as Dropbox. Marco makes some salient points worth repeating here for users who may not be fully aware of the ramifications of storing sensitive data off-premise.

Arment says:

“Anything that is really sensitive or extremely valuable or needs to be kept very secret, I wouldn’t store on anybody else’s servers. That, to me, seems ridiculous unless I held the encryption keys like with the online backup service that I use.”

Public cloud-based locker services hold the keys to encrypt and decrypt your data on their servers. Why? It’s important to remember they are used as a collaboration tool. To offer public file sharing features, they need to decrypt data stored on their servers. In addition, employee…

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