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Amaru55 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

This is nothing new to any Mac user or anyone in the IT world but choosing to host you're information in the cloud can prove to be risky business. Private companies and governmental institutions are still very wary when choosing to migrate their info to a cloud solution. Most will opt for a hybrid solution and keep their "Valuable information" in their private cloud and host the rest in a public cloud solution....bla..bla..bla

 

With that being said how many feel comfortable using ICloud with the New Mountain Lion?.....I already heard a few stories about how some people had their information compromised. I mean its great to be able to sync it all real time in the cloud in a heartbeat but at the expense of your privacy. Not saying apple is selling this info to anyone or doing any shady business.....but I'm talking peace of mind.

 

In any case I've chosen to take some time and reflect before using ICloud.....but until then can anybody guide me on how to sync Notes, reminders and all the cool stuff between my IPad and my MacBook pro withouth using ICloud?

 

P.S....I love Mac!


iPad 2, OS X Mountain Lion
  • 1. Re: So how safe is the "cloud"
    Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,555 points)

    The reality is that we are all in the cloud assuming you use things like email, credit cards, ATM's, online banking or commerce.

     

    To be completely secure, you need to sever your connection to the internet.

     

    It's a matter of choice.  Weiging risk versus benefit.

     

    Matt

  • 2. Re: So how safe is the "cloud"
    stevenfrombrownsburg Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)

    I believe most content can still be synced between an iPad(/iPhone/iPod Touch) and a Mac via the sync cable and iTunes, though I'm not sure how much of that has changed since iOS5 was released, which one of the main new features was iCloud integration. 

     

    I use iCloud for Notes, Contacts and Photos and have not had any issues.  I thought ahead when I created my AppleID, as I do with all online accounts and used an email address that is for my AppleID only.

  • 3. Re: So how safe is the "cloud"
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,270 points)

    Please don't post polls on this site. It's against the terms of use that you agreed to when you registered, and it detracts from the purpose of the site, which is to exchange technical help among end users. There are plenty of other websites where you can discuss the issues you raise.

  • 4. Re: So how safe is the "cloud"
    Amaru55 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    you know I tried to sync my stuff without using ICloud and it seemed to sync only the usual stuff...calendar, music, apps...etc...etc but does not seem to sync notes, reminder and all the good stuff u can do in ICloud.

  • 5. Re: So how safe is the "cloud"
    Amaru55 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok linc....my intention here is to reach out to anyone who would like to enjoy the new features of Mac OS mountain lion but without using the cloud...as simple as that. So can you help out and tell me if there is a way to do it?

  • 6. Re: So how safe is the "cloud"
    idontcarejustletmein Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    For notes at least you can't. It's bloody stupid.

     

    Either Apple adds the functionality back or I'm gone.

     

    The next iPhone is coming out, if this does not get sorted out by then, I'm probably going to get another phone - I'm willing to drop to the phone's "file access" mode if I have to. All I wanted was to keep data between my devices synced and my data is to stay only on my devices, no where else. I don't care if I have to connect a wire and manually sync it.

  • 7. Re: So how safe is the "cloud"
    Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,555 points)

     

     

    For notes at least you can't.

     

    What?

     

    Notes can be synched using virtually any IMAP mail account.  No need for iCloud.

     

    Matt

  • 8. Re: So how safe is the "cloud"
    idontcarejustletmein Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    What?

     

    Notes can be synched using virtually any IMAP mail account.  No need for iCloud.

     

    Matt

     

     

    No account IMAP or whatever.

     

    I want it between my iPhone and my Mac, no where else.

  • 9. Re: So how safe is the "cloud"
    Amaru55 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Really? How do you do it using Mail account? And what about the rest...Reminders...etc..etc

     

    thanks in advance

  • 10. Re: So how safe is the "cloud"
    Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,555 points)

     

    No account IMAP or whatever.

     

    I want it between my iPhone and my Mac, no where else.

     

    You'll need an IMAP email account to synch notes.  You can turn off the Mail part if you don't want to use that.  But you'll need either an iCloud account (again you can turn off everything ecept Notes if you want) or some other IMAP account.

     

    Matt

  • 11. Re: So how safe is the "cloud"
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,270 points)

    The iCloud features work only with iCloud. Some of the things people use iCloud for, such as synchronizing files between Macs, can be done without it, but there's no other solution that is as closely integrated with OS X. I myself do not use iCloud.

  • 12. Re: So how safe is the "cloud"
    Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,555 points)

    Notes is a bit unique in that it works as a kind of specialized email.

     

    If you open System Preferences>Mail, Contact & Calendars and click on an IMAP email account in the sidebar you should see, at minimum, Mail and Notes.

     

    Reminders are a little different.  If you have a Yahoo or Gmail account they support Calendars & Reminders in addition to Mail and Contancts

     

    Keep in mind though that any syncing done by an IMAP account or Yahoo or Gmail you're still as much in the cloud as you are with iCloud.

     

    Matt

  • 13. Re: So how safe is the "cloud"
    idontcarejustletmein Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    You'll need an IMAP email account to synch notes.  You can turn off the Mail part if you don't want to use that.  But you'll need either an iCloud account (again you can turn off everything ecept Notes if you want) or some other IMAP account.

     

    Matt

    Let me put it this way. Since I started using my iPhone 4 and MacBook Pro, my notes have synced without any mail account - no third party servers, nothing - it synced direct between the phone and my Macbook under the heading "On my Mac". I plan to keep it that way.

  • 14. Re: So how safe is the "cloud"
    Amaru55 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So that's what i tought.....so the new iCloud features within Mountain lion such as syncing notes, reminders  and all the other good stuff can only be done through using iCloud....if not the regular calendar, contacts, mail accounts are the only thing you can sync???

     

    I guess i have no choice but to get icloud....i really want to sync all that stuff also!!!

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