Monthly Archives: August 2011

where is your privacy and ownership?-Cloud Crashes,Cloud failures and Cloud got Hacked

Go ahead and google cloud crashes and you get a big listing of cloud crashes from amazon, google, microsoft….

So do you dare to put all your data in the cloud and being controlled by SOMEONE?


All the data will be stolen and identity theft are here.

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Good article here at:

Google Drive is out, but where is your privacy and ownership?

“Ok so the new Google Drive is out, but what about ownership of your files and the privacy that comes with it?” This was my first reaction when I heard about the launch. I have a great understanding of Google and I am sure there is more to the purpose behind this new product than meets the eye.

Microsoft SkyDrive and Dropbox are the two largest online storage services today, and yes Google took its time to join. As Google already delivers us with some remarkable services and features like Google Docs, integration with Docs, just makes sense doesn’t it?

Comparison Chart of Online Storage Service Providers

So first, let us look at the functionality of Google Drive compared to Dropbox and SkyDrive. Thanks to digitaltrends.com for creating this chart.

As you can see above there are many reasons why Google outclasses the competition when it comes to functions, overall performance and cheaper pricing options.

Even with all the astounding collectives that Google is bringing to the table with G Drive, there are still two very important facts to mull over; the ownership of your files and the privacy thereof. Imagine you have a new car driving faster, using less fuel and outperforming the competition, but every conversation you have inside the car is recorded and leaked to the car manufacturer and used, as they seem fit.
Different Terms and Privacy Policies

Dropbox (Terms and Privacy Policy)

By using our Services you provide us with information, files, and folders that you submit to Dropbox (together, “your stuff”). You retain full ownership to your stuff. We don’t claim any ownership to any of it. These Terms do not grant us any rights to your stuff or intellectual property except for the limited rights that are needed to run the Services, as explained below.

We may need your permission to do things you ask us to do with your stuff, for example, hosting your files, or sharing them at your discretion. This includes product features visible to you, for example, image thumbnails or document previews. It also includes design choices we make to technically administer our Services, for example, how we redundantly backup data to keep it safe. You give us the permissions we need to do those things solely to provide the Services. This permission also extends to trusted third parties we work with to provide the Services, for example Amazon, which provides our storage space (again, only to provide the Services).

To be clear, aside from the rare exceptions we identify in our Privacy Policy, no matter how the Services change, we won’t share your content with others, including law enforcement, for any purpose unless you direct us to. How we collect and use your information generally is also explained in our Privacy Policy.

Microsoft’s SkyDrive (Terms and Privacy Policy)

Your content

Except for material that we license to you, we don’t claim ownership of the content you provide on the service. Your content remains your content. We also don’t control, verify, or endorse the content that you and others make available on the service.

You control who may access your content. If you share content in public areas of the service or in shared areas available to others you’ve chosen, then you agree that anyone you’ve shared content with may use that content. When you give others access to your content on the service, you grant them free, nonexclusive permission to use, reproduce, distribute, display, transmit, and communicate to the public the content solely in connection with the service and other products and services made available by Microsoft. If you don’t want others to have those rights, don’t use the service to share your content.

Google Drive (Terms and Privacy Policy)

Some of our Services allow you to submit content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.

When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using our Services (for example, for a business listing you have added to Google Maps).

I rest my case; one can clearly see the difference. I will not easily put my documents on Google Drive, just to ensure I have better ownership and privacy. What do you think? Please comment below.

Amazon EC2 Down Again…Takes Instagram, Foursquare and more with it!

Amazon’s elastic cloud, better known as EC2 is down again for the second time this year. For those who missed it, the king of the cloud went down in April of this year as well and for quite a long time. When a service touts 99% uptime it’s pretty easy to break that agreement from a single outage, add two outages and you’re in trouble. Q4CUN6NSQMNQ

One of the biggest issues with Amazon EC2 disappearing into the ether is that it takes some pretty big startups with it, innovators like Turntable.fm, Instagram, Quora, Fab, Foursquare, Heroku, the list goes on. Heck even companies like Netflix use Amazon EC2 and are impacted by outages like this.

When you’re running a startup, be it a wild success or still in the growing phase, having all systems go at all times is absolutely critical. Amazon was chosen as the right provider by all of these companies because of their guaranteed uptime, reliability, and come on, it’s Amazon, we all love them…right? You can see the latest Twitter stream below, one company seems to be back up however you can see major social media services like Foursquare are still down for the count:

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How many cloud failures have to happen before consumers take notice?

Good Morning Folks,

This miracle of invention that lets us touch each other’s lives online is somewhat like the planet that we don’t understand how it works, but expect will be here for us and automatically give us what we need.

So in the stress of the markets and forecasts, no one wanted to be a bigger Debby downer to broadcast this news kept quiet of the biggest potential threat to our lives today: Cyberwarfare.

Yesterday, for another in a seres of events with increasing frequency, millions of IT consumers were frozen without their services and access to their data and life’s creations. You will never know which emails intended for you were received and whether those you intended for others were delivered or not.

Entire chains like Apple Computer were closed for business for the first time ever. NetFlix, Reddit and FoureSquare the depend on Amazon, and Microsoft’s small business services paralyzed, my ISP Ipower and Ooma VOIP services locked from making or taking phone calls for six hours. Were the attackers part of the cyber anarchist group who have been breaking into government computers and already declared their intention to blow Facebook to oblivion next week? WE don’t know what the install in our computers in these attacks or if we become unwillingly complicit in their plots. So as not to take any chances emails like my daily bulletins that have gone every morning to executives for over 20 years will be rejected due to “too many recipients.”

IT, already burdened from the transition to the cloud and consumerization of IT stands at a cross roads of change. You look to your help desk for help and they are under pressure to stay afloat.

Yesterday HP announced they would give up certain businesses. Mr. Jobs has won and the masses have been emancipated from their servitude to IT whereas it had been and now will be the other way around. But it’s not all as easy as its seems by your iPad

We’re transiting service to dedicated servers in known externally managed data centres for cost and capacity reasons. We operate our own private cloud infrastructure.

Ooma, a VoIP provider (like Vonage people are leaving the phone companies for) had the dual inconveniences of what they described as a “rare” partial power failure at their unnamed datacenter provider and what appeared to be simultaneous DDoS attack on their corporate website, which left their customers unable to use their service, or even check on the status of their accounts while Ooma rushed to recover from the problems.

The service was only down for three hours, starting at 5:40 AM Pacific Time, which means that the issue was resolved by the time West Coast customers got to their offices, but anyone further east would have found their business impacted by the outage. Given that Ooma’s primary marketing approach is for their free home phone service it is likely that their customers, who are home users, would have been somewhat in the dark about what was going on and tried to connect to the company website. According to the Ooma corporate blog, it was the sudden rush of customers, that no longer had phone services, trying to access the corporate home page that caused what appeared to be a DDoS attack.

Of course, the explanation is of little value to customers who found themselves without service. This is true of any cloud-based outage; customers won’t care why it happened, they just don’t want it to happen again.

And it is the primary Achilles Heel of cloud based services; anything that can cause a service interruption eventually will, and it is next to impossible to prevent every potential failure.

In a short span of time where we have seen major cloud providers such as Amazon and Microsoft have significant problems keeping their services up and running, most people are taking careful looks at the SLAs that are coming along with their cloud based service providers.

The more professionally paranoid are reminded of the old adage “Once is an accident, twice a coincidence, three times is enemy action.”

lso this week, the saga continued when the International Monetary Fund was the latest victim of an assault as their systems were infiltrated in what’s been described as “connected to a foreign government, resulting in the loss of e-mails and other documents.” IMF spokesperson David Hawley assured the world that the fund is still fully functional, but that the IMF “are investigating an incident. I am not in a position to elaborate further on the extent of the cybersecurity incident”.

Amidst the flurry of attacks, the U.S. government has stepped into the spotlight, perhaps in a proactive attempt to avoid being the target of a catastrophic attack. Reuters reported that, “CIA Director Leon Panetta told the U.S. Congress this week the United States faces the “real possibility” of a crippling cyber attack.”

“The next Pearl Harbor that we confront,” said Panetta, could be an attack of their servers that, “cripples our power systems, our grid, our security systems, our financial systems, our governmental systems.”

In his Senate confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. Secretary of Defense, Panetta stated that, “This is a real possibility in today’s world.”