@Techgeek88: I have to say that I love your signature quote, which I will include again here in case it should be changed later:
"They might call it the cloud but it is, in fact, just someone else’s computer.”
- Mark Russinovich
It seems well-nigh impossible to get some people to understand that "the cloud" is nothing more than a massive collection of "someone else's computers" or "someone else's hard drive farms."
It's certainly convenient, it's pretty much entirely maintained in professional data centers (which have backup protocols far more stringent than most of us), but you are entrusting your data to an unknown third party or parties. I do it all the time, but only for data that I have no concerns about when it comes to privacy or security. It's not that I don't think that there are not good security measures in place in most data centers, either, but they're "big juicy targets" while my little laptop (and its external backup drive) out here in the middle of cyberspace nowhere are far less tempting targets and, in my opinion, are way less subject to have private data stolen as a result. To my knowledge my personal computers have never been compromised, yet I was part of the Equifax and Anthem breaches, and you can be sure that those companies probably both use "the cloud" and may very well have hardware that makes up a component part of "the cloud" for others as well.
Absolutely. I would never put anything up to the cloud that is in any way confidential or finance related, anything personal. And I certainly wouldn't put any pictures up there that I wouldn't be ok with my own grandmother, for example, seeing. I still very much believe in local storage, in multiple places for redundancy. I do have 1TB of OneDrive as part of O365 but I keep very little there. I also have iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box accounts but I never use them. More for just playing around with other services and learning about them. I think the cloud is very convenient but too many people treat it like a bank vault, and it's just not that secure, IMO. And yes, too many people think the cloud is literally up in the clouds, or at least thinking it's some mystical place where human hands other than yours cannot reach. No, it's actually sitting in a datacenter somewhere managed by real people. Sure, sometimes it's encrypted, but still. There are people that can access that data, a lot of times. Maybe not so with an external drive or thumb drive.
It's actually funny, Mark writes a bunch of sci-fi tech related books about possible threats in cybersecurity and now he's the CTO of Azure, MSFT's cloud platform, haha. He's mostly known as the Sysinternals guy. That quote comes from his book "Rogue Code". He actually described in one of his books an attack that ended up mostly coming true in the form of Stuxnet, before Stuxnet was discovered. Some of it is more far fetched but some pretty realistic.
Specializing in Windows OS-level troubleshooting, repair, and support
"They might call it the cloud but it is, in fact, just someone else’s computer.” - Mark Russinovich