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Online Backup, is it SAFE?

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  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,055 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 4:52 PM (in response to mynameismyname)

    You might be correct in theory, but clients would really appreciate that their files are secured against loss in case of a major catastrophe....

     

    Sorry, not valid as an argument as a major catastrophe could easly include hacking into the account, stealing server disks, etc. As I'm the victim of both of those events - one inflicted on my health insurance company, and the other by one of my banks - I am now under an escalated "possible ID theft watch".

     

    I will not allow any storage of any of my information online because it is neither reliable nor safe.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,055 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 6:08 PM (in response to mynameismyname)

    Cool!

  • sabih.ahmed Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 5:52 AM (in response to mynameismyname)

    Absolutely! There isn't any option safer than the CLOUD, these days. Online backup services proven to be the best and most relibale backup optionn with smart and advanced features to work on. I suggest Carbonite, Mozy, Crashplan and MyPCBackup as the perfect options to consider.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,310 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 6:27 AM (in response to sabih.ahmed)

    Are you taking some kind of hallucinogenic powder?

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,055 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 8:36 AM (in response to sabih.ahmed)

    You actually believe everything you read on the internet, but not factual news reports?

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,310 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 8:46 AM (in response to mynameismyname)

    mynameismyname wrote:

     

    I don't think the Chinese government (or Iranian, or North Korean for that matter) would be interested in hacking into our files.... Pentagon, banks, media, large corporations -- yes. We're just too insignificant (OK, at least I am).... Still, after reading here and elsewhere -- I am now cautious and scrutinizing the stuff I let the online service back up. Why take chances.

    I'd worry about the government of the USA before worrying about the others.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,055 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 9:11 AM (in response to mynameismyname)

    I was not referring to foreign governments. I was referring to crooks of any flavor/country. They are interested in your financial information - they will hack into any database that provides them with the information they want: credit card numbers, SSN, or anything else that will facilitate ID theft, scamming you out of money, robbing you when you're not home, etc.

     

    My Yahoo email account has been hacked into several times; fortunately, all they got were email addresses - unfortunately, they are now using my email address to send spam with extremely obnoxious/ se....ly oriented subject lines using my address as the "from" address. Changing my address will not stop that since they already have one they are using from their servers in Argentina, Russia, Brazil, etc. My reputation could be ruined for life if a recipient were to make a case of it.

     

    Nothing - and I mean absolutely nothing - is safe online.

  • woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,690 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 4:07 AM (in response to babowa)

    babowa wrote:

     

    You actually believe everything you read on the internet, but not factual news reports?

    They can't put it on the internet if it isn't true!  That's what I am told

    on the internet! 

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,055 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 8:15 AM (in response to woodmeister50)

    They can't put it on the internet if it isn't true!  That's what I am told

    on the internet! 

     

    Was that on Twitter or FB or Youtube maybe?  

  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,295 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 9:36 AM (in response to sabih.ahmed)

    Even if its just for the sake of being mischevious people will mess around with your stuff. Just look at the recent hacking of Wired journalis Mat Honan (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08/apple-amazon-mat-honan-hacking/) who got hacked for simply being an available target.

     

    I think in this respect most hacking attempts are crimes of opportunity, so if you leave a door unlocked or a window open then you may get hit. With online storage options, its only one more potential avenue for hackers to use. While most are likely adequately safe, you are nevertheless entrusting your security to yet another source that may have unknown security vulnerabilities. There have been recent password breaches at several popular Web services (e.g., LinkedIn) so it is very possible the same could happen at a place like Carbonite, Mozy, or Crashplan.

  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,295 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 9:38 AM (in response to babowa)

    Its a pretty funny State Farm commercial

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmx4twCK3_I

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,055 points)
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    Feb 10, 2013 10:08 AM (in response to Topher Kessler)

      ROFL 

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