There are Cops in those Clouds

In the past several months I have had at least two client interviews about possession of child pornography where the "kiddy porn" was discovered in their Cloud Computing storage accounts. Regardless of how secure you think your Cloud storage is, it appears law enforcement is being given access to accounts.

With all of the advancements in today's world, online "syncing" and storage programs such as iCloud, have become a part of the norm for today's internet users. The attraction of the users' photos and files being automatically uploaded to the theoretical "cloud in the sky" takes away the fear of a computer crash ruining your day. Cloud Computing comes with ability to access uploaded information and documents from the consumers phone, tablet or computer.

There are several Cloud Computing services. The major players and most popular and recognizable are Microsoft's Onedrive, Google Drive, Dropbox and Apple's iCloud Drive. Onedrive, Google Drive and Dropbox support several OSes: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Blackberry Kindle Fire. These are good choices if you are not tied down by a brand. iCloud Drive is not available for Android users and is meant to be used within the Apple ecosystem. It is a fine choice if you mostly use Apple products. Most of the Cloud Computing servers have free storage ranging from 2GB to 15GB additional storage can be purchased. Monthly fees run from $2 per month to $10 per month

Cloud Computing is meant to help the consumer and make life easier. Consumers must also realize that any information or data shared online whether through Cloud Computing or another storage sharing system can be easily lost or taken by a stranger. There is never 100% security when it comes to the internet and all of the round-about ways to gain access to information. If the consumer wants to keep personal information safe, read all of the specifications and consents before you agree to a website host. Consumers need to take their own safety and security into their own hands and understand the terms, read through the terms and regulations of programs for all Cloud Computing servers.

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Onedrive works with Windows devices because its molded into the Windows operating systems running on PCs, tablets and Windows Phone. Closely tied to Office and is easy to open and edit files in other Microsoft applications such as Word and/or Photos apps. Microsoft enforces its code of conduct and has strict guidelines of what they will upload.

Dropbox is a great service if you are using several different kinds of devices. Dropbox works incredibly well with both PCs and Macs, Android and iOS. Dropbox is easy to set up, very reliable and easy to use.

If you already have a Google Account then you can access Google Drive by going to drive.google.com. Drive is very easy to set up and it's easy to save attachments from your e-mail directly to Drive with just a couple of clicks. Like other cloud storage services, Drive has apps for iOS and Android so you can manage files from your phone. Google Drive is great for anyone who wants a few tools with their Cloud Computing storage.