[CS-FSLUG] Apple and Amazon security lapses exposed after writer has 'entire digital life' destroyed by hackers in minutes

Fred A. Miller fmiller at lightlink.com
Fri Aug 10 14:41:53 CDT 2012

On 08/10/2012 05:50 PM, Timothy Butler wrote:
> On 2012-08-07 23:36, Fred A. Miller wrote:
>>  Backup AND stay OUT of "the cloud."
> Well, I'm not sure I'd go that far. I'm pretty dependent on several 
> clouds floating around for me and it makes my life vastly easier 
> because of it. My documents all go on Dropbox, which ensures that I 
> can get to what I need whether I'm on my laptop, I'm at my office at 
> church or my office at the university where I teach (or my iPhone). 
> Mac OS X makes it super simple to create encrypted disk images if one 
> needs to ensure that Dropbox can't view it.
> I use iCloud to keep my contacts, calendar and bookmarks in sync 
> between my computers, my iPhone and my iPad. This is really essential, 
> since I'm far too absentminded to remember to keep my contacts and 
> calendar in sync the "old fashion way." (I might move to a self-hosted 
> ownCloud for this.) iCloud also streams all the photos I take on my 
> iPhone straight to Aperture and all the photos I import into Aperture 
> to my iPhone and iPad.
> And then, of course, my e-mail is all cloud based using IMAP or 
> Exchange servers (my self-hosted e-mail addresses are IMAP, the 
> college and the seminary both use Exchange).

My sympathies. O:-)

> In any case, I think the Cloud is here to stay. But, one can still 
> protect one's data just by backing it up offline too... The nightmare 
> described by the journalist could not happen to me unless someone 
> broke in and stole my physical backups.

Well, it's more than just backups that are important, IMHO. I have 
doubts about what's "out there" being as secure as I want it to be, 
encrypted or not.


Apparently, we are supposed to be more angry about what
Mitt Romney does with his money than what Barack Obama
does with ours.

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