Anything can happen, anywhere & anytime. In the web-driven era that we live in, things happen every single day. Cloud back and storage scene isn’t very different. What strikes me most is like this story one famous actor once narrates in a movie about “…taking things for granted”. He says:
“A scientist once conducted an experiment where he takes this big cauldron of boiling water and throws a frog into it. The frog, understandably, jumps out pronto.”
“He then takes another cauldron of water at room temperature, and then lets the frog in again. This time, the frog doesn’t resist and makes itself at home. After a few days, he starts to heat the cauldron very slowly. So slowly, in fact, that the frog has no idea that the cauldron is slowly heating up, with the water ( and the frog in it). Now, since this was very gradually, the frog was oblivious to it. By the time the water came up to its boiling point, the frog was dead in the water. It was too late for it to jump”
Complacency can kill (at least, it killed the frog)! Why talk about the story? Here’s why:
The Skydrive Rumors: No Cloud Storage or Backup Solution is Permanently Safe
Mathew Humphries, on geek.com, reports Skydrive’s account suspensions on account rule violations and that almost broke my heart. I can imagine the users’ whose files would get inaccessible. I did mention earlier that not every thing we use has to be flawless, and that it’s better if we come to accept that we are always on the south side of vulnerability. Reading Mathew’s post reminded me of the CISPA and the SOPA acts. Microsoft suspends your Skydrive accounts if it finds “inappropriate content” and by that, it could mean anything thanks to its overly broad definitions, according to Mathew.
Not convinced? So you think Skydrive is flawless? Please head over to these conversations on Stackexchange.
A WM Poweruser community published a feature titled, “Microsoft Monitoring, Censoring Skydrive uploads ”. Read the post and then the comments below and you’ll see the conversations that can pull you up on your toes.
IDriveSync Goes Social
Of course, some of our cloud backup favorites such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Crashplan are already social friendly but iDriveSync has a new twist to the tale: It now offers Visual Sharing™, a brand new drag-and-drop user interface, a high-standard Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-256), and the much-promising Facebook Integration.
According to a PR release on Market Watch , Visual Sharing™ for iDriveSync allows a simple, drag and drop interface for users to save photos, slide decks, and other files from their computer into their browsers. The Facebook integration now not only lets you connect with friends (Facebook’s part of the deal) but also share content while it stays on the cloud (iDriveSync’s part) You can mix and match your friends and sort them into groups for convenient sharing, and iDriveSync works seamlessly across OS platforms. .
Did you have any trouble with Skydrive? Have you used iDriveSync yet? Do let me know. I’d love to hear from you.
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