Open IT Forum: What do you think of the iCloud?

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With Apple's release of the Mountain Lion OS to the public on Wednesday, experts believe it could have trouble integrating with its cloud service, iCloud. What do you think of the iCloud? Will it succeed or fall into the abyss?

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I believe it will succeed, provided that it functions properly. My sister has a full range of Apple products and is greatly anticipating iCloud to synch all of her devices. Unfortunately, reviews to date have not been promising: Wired Cloudline

 

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  • univacnewbie
    I, too, have a raft of Apple products -- but am not so certain about the cloud...  For starters, what happens when the cell or electrical grid goes down?  Also, I am in the world of investments (and only a troll here, learning from you experts) and am concerned that the same security issues that plague the internet will be equally un-controllable in the clouds...  I think that until each machine has to have it's own ID number that security issues will be a major problem.  What do you guys think about how to improve internet security?  I won't do my banking there, and although I do my stock trades there I do not link any accounts.
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    I, too, have a raft of Apple products...   I have an iPad that I turn on for maybe half an hour every few months. That's the limit of my Apple products (and my desire for them). Nothing's wrong with the products -- they're good, but I can't get into their business model.   — but am not so certain about the cloud…  For starters, what happens when the cell or electrical grid goes down?   As long as that is specifically directed at iCloud, it makes some sense to me. For "cloud" in general, would it be the same? I don't see how it would be.   Also, I am in the world of investments (and only a troll here, learning from you experts) and am concerned that the same security issues that plague the internet will be equally un-controllable in the clouds…   There really isn't much problem with internet security. The major problems are with people's PCs. And for that, the real solution is not to have a PC-internet connection. Of course, that generally makes PCs relatively useless for most people. So the practical solution is having basic AV, a basic firewall plus common sense.   I think that until each machine has to have it’s own ID number that security issues will be a major problem.   The biggest security problem with IDs of any sort is that they become free passes as soon as you counterfeit one. Every system (more specifically, every NIC) has had unique IDs for many years. What good has it done? ( See how to find yours. )   Fundamental encryption of communications is better than a machine ID. Given the security elements noted above (AV, etc.), basic encryption makes internet transactions probably safer than doing them in person. You don't have to risk carrying cash. You won't get credit receipts stolen. (You won't get killed in a wreck driving across town, and that's a significant risk by itself.)   I do my banking on-line. I manage my portfolio on-line. I fill out mortgage applications on-line. Almost everything I've bought in the past ten years has been on-line (except Burger King, cups of coffee and similar meaningless stuff). And I rarely give the transactions a second thought. I do, however, have decently secure PCs, and I don't do dumb things like blindly opening e-mail attachments that I didn't request or clicking links without looking at them first.   Unfortunately, many people simply don't know how to survive with the internet. It's not that difficult, but I'm amazed at how they will ignore the precautions they've been shown. I've cleaned up the same PCs multiple times, and I can tell that advice is just ignored.   It's mostly not the "internet" that isn't secure. It's mostly the "interactions". In my opinion, of course.   Tom
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