The other day the FBI took down megaupload.com for copyright violations, etc. (meaning piracy). Here’s a link to the story if you missed it:
But here’s another part of the story – millions of “legitimate” users lost access to any files they had stored there. This type of “file storage” site is part of “the cloud” we’ve been hearing so much about. It’s about moving your files and applications to network based storage, so you can retrieve them from anywhere. When megaupload was closed, all access to the site was immediately terminated. So if you had any files there, too bad.
This highlights one of the dangers of storing files and/or applications in “the cloud” – namely that your files are held by some company, somewhere. They are subject to legal action, hackers, financial troubles, and internal negligence. In short, you just can’t be sure who’s holding and protecting your files.
Also, keep in mind what the “Terms of Service” of the service say. Do they own the files you upload? What can they do with them? It used to be that “content was king” – but these days “data is king” – websites like google are all too eager to give you free services, free email, etc. What they get in return is your data – which they can scan, data-mine, etc. for value.
Anyway, be wary of the cloud!