GEEK TO ME: Is cloud storage really safe?

first_img Twitter Question: I have avoided using any cloud to back up my files because I feel that if hackers can get into NSA and DoD they can also access any commercial cloud system. Are the commercial setups really safe? I am using my own cloud (external hard drives and large-capacity thumb drives) which can be cumbersome but seem secure when not actively connected to my computers.– Doug B.Niceville, Florida Answer: I’m forced to wonder exactly what amount of protection you consider adequate for your needs, Doug? There are many things to take into account when trying to make a determination of whether a particular service meets the very subjective definition of being “really safe” – a term only you can define for yourself. I think the best that I’m going to be able to do for you is to give you (and the rest of my readers) some food for thought so you can make your own, slightly-more-informed choice. It seems to me like you’re viewing your personal data as if it’s that precious giant diamond in the lighted museum display case in a spy movie. The fact that the precious gem is singled-out and displayed in a known place is what makes it an attractive target for the bad guy. And have you ever noticed that no matter how elaborate the security, it seems like the villains always manage to steal it anyway? Well, at the risk of damaging your self-image, your data just isn’t all that valuable to anybody but you, so it’s unlikely that it would be singly targeted for theft. When you use a professionally administered cloud storage solution, your data are stored with thousands of other customers’ data, rather than on their own in a proverbial glass case. That takes the focus off your data as a target. The old adage that there’s safety in numbers applies, so there is some additional amount of protection that your data is not all on its own. Beyond anonymity, many of the commercial cloud companies use some of the finest military-grade encryption available, meaning that even if your stuff is stolen, it is extremely difficult for the thief to actually do anything with it. Is it hack-proof? Of course not. Short of staying off the grid completely, nothing really is. But it is highly hack-resistant. You’re concentrating heavily on a single aspect of data protection – long term storage. But let’s talk for a moment about how you typically handle personal information on a daily basis. Do you use credit or debit cards? Each time you scan a card at a gas pump, checkout line, ATM, etc., you run the risk of that card information being skimmed, and stolen. At many dining establishments you probably hand your card over to a server who then disappears with it for a few minutes where they are free to do heaven only know what with it. Surely, you don’t consider that “really safe”? Do you receive mail at a box in front of your home? Is it locked? Identity thieves know that mailboxes are a virtual trove of personal information in the form of bills, account statements, checks, and more. Once your mail is safely in your house, what do you do with it when you’ve finished reading it? Does it go into the trashcan? If I were an identity thief, my second stop (after the mailbox) would be the garbage. If you’re not shredding virtually everything that has your name and address on it, you’re not being “really safe”. To take it to the extreme, what would a burglar find if they broke into your house? Are your books of unwritten checks, your credit card statements, all your private information locked in a safe, or are they on or near your desk? What about jewelry, silverware, electronics? Are all secure to the point that they’re “really safe”? Remember, you can have the world’s best locks and the world’s strongest doors to attempt to be “really safe” but all it takes is a rock and the nearest window for a determined person to get in after they see you drive away. My point is not to ridicule you, but rather to point out that you can do everything right and still be at risk. The system of “external hard drives and large-capacity thumb drives” that you described offers neither the convenience nor the security of a modern cloud storage service. Even worse, unless you religiously perform regular backups and replace the drives periodically, your data are subject to catastrophic loss through inevitable electrical or mechanical failure. To me, that makes cloud storage solutions a very attractive alternative, and “suitably safe” for typical user needs. To view additional content, comment on articles, or submit a question of your own, visit my website at (not .com!) 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DelFest Reveals Initial Lineup With Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule, & More

first_imgThe annual DelFest will return to the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD from May 25-28 of this Summer. The 10th year celebration, produced in association with High Sierra Music, is hosted and personally chosen by Del McCoury. The festival will see performances from Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule, Béla Fleck & Chris Thile, Leftover Salmon, Hot Rize, The Infamous Stringdusters, and a whole lot more, in addition to the Del McCoury Band and The Travelin’ McCourys featuring an appearance by special guest Dierks Bentley.Four day festival tickets are currently on-sale here.last_img read more

Gorillaz Share New Single “The Apprentice” Off Upcoming Album “Humanz”

first_imgToday, the steady stream of singles off of Gorillaz upcoming album Humanz continues with the release of album bonus track “The Apprentice,” an echo-synth groove featuring vocals from British cult favorite singers Rag’n’Bone Man and RAY BLK as well as a rap verse from American queer hip-hop forerunner Zebra Katz. Take a listen to the new song below, via Gorillaz’s YouTube page:After an extended hiatus, Gorillaz have returned to the public consciousness with a bang over the past few weeks. After announcing their own Demon Dayz festival in the U.K. (set to feature all the artists included on their upcoming album Humanz), the Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett-masterminded animated group released four new top-notch tracks from the new album, complete with animated visuals, followed by another single release for “Let Me Out” featuring Mavis Staples and Pusha-T. Next, the group sent shockwaves through social media when they were announced as a headliner for this summer’s Outside Lands alongside The Who and Metallica, and built on that buzz with the announcement of a full-blown North American tour.Always thinking outside the box, the cartoon crew released their own mixed reality app for fans to get a glimpse inside the weird and wonderful universe of the Gorillaz with the “world’s largest album release party,” and a pop-up exhibit, the “Gorillaz Spirit House” in Brooklyn, NY (this past weekend), Berlin, Germany (next weekend), and Amsterdam, Netherlands on May 6th.Humanz is due to be released in full this Friday, April 28th. You can see the album’s full track list below.  Humanz Full Track List:1. Ascension feat. Vince Staples2. Strobelite feat. Peven Everett3. Saturnz Barz feat. Popcaan4. Momentz feat. De La Soul5. Submission feat. Danny Brown & Kelela6. Charger feat. Grace Jones7. Andromeda feat. D.R.A.M.8. Busted and Blue9. Carnival feat. Anthony Hamilton10. Let Me Out feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T11. Sex Murder Party feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz12. She’s My Collar feat. Kali Uchis13. Hallelujah Money feat. Benjamin Clementine14. We Got The Power feat. Jehnny BethBonus material on Deluxe:15. The Apprentice feat. Rag’n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK16. Halfway To The Halfway House feat. Peven Everett17. Out Of Body feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Vonshà18. Ticker Tape feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis19. Circle Of Friendz feat. Brandon Markell Holmeslast_img read more

Anthony Joshua Meets Challenger Kubrat Pulev In Cardiff.

first_imgRelated IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev met for the first time at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales – venue for their October 28 contest.It was a calm meet with both pugilists respectful and shared smiles accompanied with an unplanned handshake in the President’s Lounge in front of the assembled media to officially announce their heavyweight tussle.“I can tell you he’s more determined than ever to go on creating history and defend these titles against all comers, mandatory’s, unifications. What a great fight he has against Kubrat Pulev here on October 28th which is likely to house just under 80,000.” – Matchroom Sports Managing Director Eddie HearnSuccinct details on both fighters:Joshua – Started at 18 years of age – at 19 he won the ABA championships – at 21, he won silver at the World Championships which was shortly accompanied by a gold medal won at the London 2012 Olympics – at 23, he turned professional – at 25, he won the Commonwealth title – at 26, he won the IBF world title and at 27 he unified the division in front of 90,000 people at Wembley.Pulev – (25-1, 13 KOs), The Bulgarian fought at five World Championships throughout the 2000s. He represented his country at the Olympics in 2008. He won gold at the 2008 European Championships in Liverpool. He turned professional in late 2009. Currently No. 3 with the WBC, No. 7 with the WBA, No. 3 with the WBO and the No. 1 challenger, the mandatory for the IBF and No. 3 with the Bible of Boxing, THE RING Magazine.Tickets for the event are priced at £40, £60, £80, £100, £200, £300 and £500 – with VIP tickets priced at £1500.A reminder that it has been nearly a decade since the stadium was the venue for a boxing match, when it hosted the Joe Calzaghe-Mikkel Kessler super middleweight unification. Also, the principality was chosen as venue for the all-British heavyweight title fight between Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno in 1993.last_img read more