Securing Your Storage - Part 1
If you’re going to make use of cloud-based storage, it is a good idea to ensure that you keep it secure. Unless you are absolutely, positively certain that you will never, ever put anything in there that you wouldn’t want to find in a public place, you’re going to need to consider encryption.
Even if you don’t care about the data, you should really be looking at encryption options.
I’m currently using storage from DropBox, Box.com, SugarSync, SkyDrive and (as of a couple days ago) SpiderOak. And, no, I don’t have GoogleDrive, nor do I plan to get it. They’ll have to settle for my Google+, GMail and Android usage.
It is inevitable that there will be attacks against cloud-based storage because “that’s where the data is at” (to paraphrase and old statement about bank robberies). There are many ways to encrypt data that will ultimately be placed in the cloud, but they run the gamut from “seamless” to “involved”. One of the primary reasons that people go with cloud-based storage is ease of use.
Because it is convenient to have critical data nearby at all times, I’m starting to take a really hard look at both SpiderOak, SecretSync and BoxCryptor to ease the job securing that data across all my computers and mobile devices. In a couple of weeks, I’ll report back with how this is working out, along with other options for encryption that I already employ to some degree.