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Amaru55 Calculating status...
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Aug 12, 2012 12:25 AM

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
  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,420 points)
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    Aug 12, 2012 12:48 AM (in response to Amaru55)

    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

  • stevenfrombrownsburg Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)
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    Aug 12, 2012 5:56 AM (in response to Amaru55)

    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.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,850 points)
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    Aug 12, 2012 2:31 PM (in response to Amaru55)

    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.

  • idontcarejustletmein Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Aug 12, 2012 3:00 PM (in response to Amaru55)

    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.

  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,420 points)
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    Aug 12, 2012 3:07 PM (in response to idontcarejustletmein)

     

     

    For notes at least you can't.

     

    What?

     

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

     

    Matt

  • idontcarejustletmein Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Aug 12, 2012 3:09 PM (in response to Matthew Morgan)

    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.

  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,420 points)
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    Aug 12, 2012 3:15 PM (in response to idontcarejustletmein)

     

    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

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,850 points)
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    Aug 12, 2012 3:19 PM (in response to Amaru55)

    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.

  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,420 points)
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    Aug 12, 2012 3:22 PM (in response to Amaru55)

    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

  • idontcarejustletmein Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Aug 12, 2012 3:20 PM (in response to Matthew Morgan)

    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.

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