What are the pros of cloud storage?

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Whether you've used Dropbox or your company outsources some of its data storage to the cloud, we want to hear your pros for cloud storage. Everyone knows the perceived downsides to cloud storage, but we'd love to hear practical and successful uses of this technology. Share your experiences!

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Yes, i have used dropbox at home and at work as well. The service is very good and it allows me to access, share and store my personal and confidential data on their safer model. To pass an honest feedback about their service, i would like to give High five to them because their service is remarkable and i am willing to continue it for a longer period until and unless it does not become hectic for me to handle!

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  • BigKat
    my cable/internet/phone provider has a cloud-based backup solution for my personal computers. It encrypts the data so that it is secure, and also supports sending very large files to email recipients by allowing me to save a file (if it isn't already there from the backups) and send them a link to be able to download it
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  • ErroneousGiant
    I still wouldn't trust that, I would encrypt the files myself, then if the ISP wants to encrypt my encrypted files thats fine. At least I'd know I had a sufficiently strong encryption on them in the first place. I use a cloud system for my Car Insurance documents. They are encrypted before being posted to the cloud but when you get stopped on random checks by the police (usually Xmas time when they are looking for drunk drivers) you can sort it all out then and there instead of having to drive to the police station with your docs another day. That and sending photo's to my sky-drive as soon as I've taken them on the WP7 is the only times I really use a cloud service. I would recommend the WP7 for the photo side of things. Very good services and reliable. Mean's I'm not too worried about my phone being destroyed. Everything is saved elsewhere anyway.
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  • BigKat
    actually, the encryption/decryption is done locally by the application, and it is only sent across the internet as encrypted.
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  • ErroneousGiant
    Just out of interest, what encryption is used? or is it not defined? Public or private key? I only ask I am using AES 256 level and am looking for something a bit tougher.
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  • ErroneousGiant
    Sophos for the WIN. Free for business and home use. Very good tool. http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-free-encryption.aspx
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  • MelanieYarbrough
    [...] that doesn’t mean there aren’t some IT professionals who can see the pros in services such as cloud storage. BigKat’s Internet service provider (ISP) offers a cloud-based backup for his personal [...]
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