You may have heard privacy sites use the term “cloud computing” and speak of it as a privacy issue. If you aren’t privy to the vernacular of Internet users, cloud computing refers to storing information virtually on the Internet, instead of on private, physical servers. There are a couple of tangible advantages to this; for one, you don’t have to take up such a massive amount of space for huge computer servers. Then, it is cheaper. The Internet has unlimited storage space, and is often very cheap or free to put all of your information there. Lastly, it isn’t the company’s responsibility to store, look after, and keep safe the information of its clientele. While this all sounds good, you know the old saying: there’s two sides to every coin.
This universal adoption of cloud computing among many different companies represents a serious privacy concern. First of all, these companies are no longer the ones protecting the information. When the data is stored on their own physical, private computer network, it would be significantly harder for a hacker to break in and steal all sorts of sensitive information. These things almost never happened.
Storing information online is always more dangerous than on a hard drive. Oftentimes, if a computer’s network signal is turned off, it is completely inaccessible wirelessly, which is how hackers get into computers. This way, they would actually have to physically break in, and that is way to much work and way to dangerous for your average computer criminal. Once the data is available online though, any hacker could surreptitiously break in just by getting the signal and then trying to crack one or two password blocks. Imagine if an online banking service began to utilize cloud computing, and a hacker were to break in: gold mine. That criminal just got access to thousands of bank accounts without even breaking a sweat.
This cloud computing and its dangers are a hot topic in the privacy world today. In fact, the social networking giant Twitter recently had a break in. Some hackers got into an employee’s e-mail account and they would have access to everything that a Twitter personnel would. Luckily, nothing came of it as the hackers weren’t very experienced and didn’t know how to get to the useful stuff, but it is the principal of the matter. Today; Twitter. Tomorrow; online banking.
There are ways to protect oneself from this though. If at all possible, try not to use sites that use these cloud computing systems. If it is unavoidable, then try not to give out too much personal information. Try using an anonymous proxy server for all of your Internet trafficking too. These will allow you a secure tunnel of access and ensure that you are browsing anonymously and help you avoid any privacy issues. Also, try and find a private proxy that offers encryption services. These high bit encryption that is offered on many fee-based proxy servers will turn all of your data into hieroglyphics to the average eye. God forbid a cloud computing site were to be hacked, your fake personal information could be seen, but your browsing history and communications would look like a random assortment of numbers and letters to the hacker, rendering it useless.Tags: Anonymous Proxy