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Is the "Cloud" really safe?

I know this is a broad, big question, but I want some good opinions on how safe and workable the "Cloud" is.  I have been resisting using the cloud and now wonder if maybe I should re-consider and start to use it.  I have a lot files and information on my computer for my business and the cloud does offer a convenient way to back it all up, in addition to my normal backup methods.  However, two things concern me; one is ease of use and two (most important) is it safe from hackers?, accidents?; are there enough safety measures to protect my data?  

Is there data I should NEVER put on the cloud?  If I decide to use the cloud, who are the safest and best providers out there?

Looking forward to your opinions so I can make a proper decision.
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Lior KarasentiCommented:
Its really depend on the service, I think the most secure is SpiderOak

Read here

http://c2med.blogspot.co.il/2012/08/spideroak-review-most-secure-cloud.html
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Jaroslav MrazCTOCommented:
Hi,

its like liorkr said it depends on service.

You shoud newer put top secred data in to the cloud just becouse it is still on internet :D and you dont know what will provaider doo :)

But even if you migrating data in to the cloud you can encrypt it before.

Iam using own cloud services based on Kerio Workspace Start and dropbox where i have some crypted data :)
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
To me the only reason for using the 'cloud' is sharing, either with other people or with your other machines like a laptop you take with you to clients.  Since I don't have those needs I wont' be using any 'cloud'.  I do all my own backups and my data never leaves my systems.
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shahzoorCommented:
For personal use its good but for business use still most of the people are not confident uploading their confidential files online
For your personal files you can password protect them further if they are very important or encrypt the files and upload them
I would highly recommend sugarsync
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ArtG2521Author Commented:
I think the comments so far are great and this will help others like me with this same question. I would like to leave this question for a bit longer for others to respond to, both pro and con especially from gurus/masters like DaveBaldwin and shazoor.
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ArtG2521Author Commented:
shahzoor, you mention encryption.  What program would you recommend to encrypt/de-crypt files?
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ArtG2521Author Commented:
Wow!  Everyone needs to read this article I found:

http://www.networkcomputing.com/security/the-biggest-cloud-computing-security-ris/240005337?pgno=1

It's excellent!  It prompts me to ask DaveBaldwin and others on secure backup methods you guys use that are NOT cloud based.  I backup on USBs and sometimes DVDs, but what are the lifespans or durability of these devices?  Should you do multiple USBs and DVDs or are there other ways?

Give me examples of what you gurus/masters, etc. do to secure and backup data.

Thanks.
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robocatCommented:
You can never be too rich or have too many backups.

Make multiple backups on different kinds of media such as USB, DVD, ... Store these in different phyiscal locations, because you want your data to survive if your location burns down.

In a professional environment, one would use a backup server that automatically backups everything over the network. This is important, because manual backups tend to be forgotten or are done irregular at best.

Check on a regular basis that you are able to restore from your backups. Replace the media on a regular basis.
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shahzoorCommented:
the best free encryption program i have seen is  TrueCrypt
http://www.truecrypt.org/

But be very careful with these encryption techniques, mostly there is no point of return, if you forgot the key or password, its almost impossible to decrypt it
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You can never be too rich or have too many backups.

I like that!  I never throw away old drives.  I have stacks of them from all my old systems.

For backup, I periodically make bootable backups of my drives.  I'm not using encryption because I'm the only one here.
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ArtG2521Author Commented:
shahzoor, truecrypt sounds good.  Is there an even better or easier, paid program?
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shahzoorCommented:
if you are looking for paid programs then nothing could be better than this comparison here
http://encryption-software-review.toptenreviews.com/
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ArtG2521Author Commented:
Sounds good, thanks for all the comments and help!
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