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I'm interested in knowing how secure you all feel about cloud services with your data.  What service do you use?  Would a personal NAS more secure than someone like Google Drive, Dropbox, or iCloud?  How would you rank your favorite Cloud service in terms of file security? (0 = No trust, 10 = I trust with my life)

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I don't use any services per-say, however my installed anti-virus Panda Free Antivirus ("Panda Protection"), and anti-malware Zemana AntiMalware are always connected to the cloud.

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glad to say I don't use, or need, any cloud solution.

my trusted LaCie XtremKey 64gig USB stick is all I need.

if fact just this week, I am trialling having a 120gig m.2 drive in an external enclosure as my USB stick replacement.

so far so good.

 

but if I were to use any, trust would be at 0.

you would have to use any such service with the acceptance you will get hack, not if you get hacked.

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My wife is power of attorney for her aging parents.  Over the years, we have em-massed tens of thousands of their documents which have all been scanned to PDFs.  We can't afford to lose them.  I keep multiple local backups but decided several years ago to add cloud storage as a last resort disaster recovery.  I went with SOS Online Backup and feel relatively secure with them.

 

SOS Online Backup review - http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2371307,00.asp

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It seems everyone and his dog is offering you Cloud storage these days.

 

MS, Google, your email provider, your domain hosting service, your computer manufacturer, your smartphone manufacturer, etc., etc.

If you add it all up you probably have access to terrabytes of free cloud storage.

 

Some even try to force you to use it.

MS Notepad already defaults to OneDrive everytime you 'SaveAs', how long before Word, Excel, and other MS softwares start doing it too?

 

Convinent off-site backup storage for your files.

Makes syncing fies between devices easy.

Can make sharing large files with people you trust easy.

Etc.

 

But like mta says nobody ever hacked my removable USB backup; unlike large server farms that get hacked frequently.

 

You can bet that if someone is advertising 'Secure' Cloud storage then someone else is poking at it to see just how secure it is and what there is to steal.

 

Of course you are probably using some cloud storage, and have been for years, even if you don't call it that.

Your email will probably be saved on a server rather than your own machine.

Your MS account details are stored on their servers,ditto for Google accounts, etc.

Even if you don't have an account MS will probably have a 'snapshot' of your Windows machine to know what updates to offer/send you.

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MS Notepad already defaults to OneDrive everytime you 'SaveAs', how long before Word, Excel, and other MS softwares start doing it too?

 

Office 365 has done since version 2013.

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 I use office 97.  :lol:

seriously, you really really do???

O... M... G...  that has blown my little mind.

 

that's like saying you still use Windows 95 (oh no!, please don't tell me you do).

I know you run XP on that old PC but come on!, Office 97?!?

 

I understand if it ain't broke, why fix it, but how can you be in 2017 and still be running Office 97?

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Still got Win98 on an old tower, still use it now and again.

 

I've CAD software on there that costs £££££'s to replace.

I don't use the software often enough to justify paying to update, but use it enough to keep the old PC until it dies.

(And you would need to be an expert user to tell the difference in the output between the old software and the latest version).

 

 

I recently dug out an old 1995 CD for 'Lemmings', remember that? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemmings_(video_game)

Bunged into the Windows 10 laptop to see what happened and it plays perfectly.

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seriously, you really really do???

O... M... G...  that has blown my little mind.

 

that's like saying you still use Windows 95 (oh no!, please don't tell me you do).

I know you run XP on that old PC but come on!, Office 97?!?

 

I understand if it ain't broke, why fix it, but how can you be in 2017 and still be running Office 97?

 

:lol: :lol:  Yep, I really really do. 

 

I have a couple of newer versions around here somewhere, 2007 and 2010 I think. 

In times past I could get the latest releases really cheaply (and legally) but 97 does anything i need. 

Also have a 95 and 98 computer but never fire them up.  Not sure how secure they would be. 

 

But on Troph's point, I use a couple of USB HDDs to store everything. 

You could also use a drive caddy but I have never tried that.

 

I disconnect them when not in use so ransomware can't get to them. 

On the plus side, it is a (relatively) inexpensive and secure setup. 

On the negative side, you might run out of room for big videos, music files, of system backup images. 

Also, if the house burns down or the HDD dies you probably lose your data. 

 

For pictures of vacations, babies, weddings, etc, I use a BOX account, but don't regard it or any cloud storage as secure. 

 

Nukecad, are you sure that cad software won't run on win 7 somehow?  Lots of old stuff will, I hear.  Almost all the old stuff I have will.  Including office 97, lol.

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Nukecad, are you sure that cad software won't run on win 7 somehow?  Lots of old stuff will, I hear.  Almost all the old stuff I have will.  Including office 97, lol.

Yes it would. (Pretty sure I could even get it running on Win10).

Problem is I have no idea what happened to the installation discs, think they got lost during a house move.

I do have legal cheaper (and even free) 'clones' of the software on newer machines, but sometimes you just need the original.

 

An up to date full version of the original now costs over £1,600 a year for a subscription.

http://www.autodesk.co.uk/store/products/autocad?term=1month&support=advanced&mktvar002=knc_wwm_emea_uk_nc_ggl__autocad-exact&mkwid=sVpj1ANxn|pcrid|148464512812|pkw|autocad%20cost|pmt|e|pdv|c|&gclid=CJLJ9t_D_tECFdTnGwodvrgLRg

You have to subscribe, you can't buy it outright anymore.

No way I could justify paying that for something I now only use once or twice a year, I'll stick with what I have now.

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I still have my old Win98 tower PC.  And just so login123 isn't alone, that old Win98 computer has Office 97 on it.

 

The last time I plugged it in was in 2006. I'd use it offline if I had a spot for it but I don't. I only keep it if I I want to play the game Descent 3 since the game doesn't work correctly on my XP system. Something else an ancient PC would be good for offline is a jukebox for playing MP3s.

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Thanks for the backup, there, Andavari.  :D

 

Full disclosure, my newer versions of ms office have been kidnapped by the kids. 

They would die of embarrassment if they had to boot up office 97.  :lol: 

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