All of your important data is already in the cloud, so embrace the danger.
The danger includes all kinds of things, bank and retailer screw ups, social media profile hacks, some sort of monthly bug or attack like last week’s Heartbleed. My prediction, in the future they’re going to start naming these digital bug storms like hurricanes.
A few months ago, I was trying out the much-maligned healthcare.gov site, mostly out of curiosity and to make sure we’re getting decent rates on our healthcare costs. I waited until all the initial complaints about the website had died down to give it shot. The experience wasn’t bad, but as I was putting in my entire family’s Social Security numbers, and a ton of other information, I realized just how much data we all have in the cloud.
If you have a bank account, use a credit card, email or file your taxes electronically, most of your important data is already in the cloud. What is the cloud? It’s a server in a data center, most likely secured behind a steel door guarded by an entry-level member of the nightwatchman community. It really doesn’t matter how many steel doors or security guards they have because that’s not how people break into these facilities. The real security guards are the coders and often former hackers these companies hire to keep bad guys, bugs, and viruses from visiting the server from the other side of the world.
When the term cloud computing became popular many of the major hosting companies just added the word cloud to a lot of their existing server packages – “boom” we are in the cloud and so are you. We’ve all been in the cloud for a while. The cloud is not going anywhere, sort of like this past winter.
You can’t hide from the cloud
There are entire books written about becoming digitally invisible and they have very little to do with deleting your social media profiles. Many of them have titles like “how to disappear” and involve living on a deserted island and spear fishing for survival. Most of the people who are reading these books have much bigger problems than someone snagging their debit card number and pin from the Target database. [Read more…] about Cloud – You make my heart bleed.