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Clouds are beautiful until comes the rain!

Clouds are beautiful until comes the rain!

Juanmi Taboada
Juanmi Taboada
Clouds are beautiful until comes the rain!

During the last weeks, I’ve received interesting news about Cloud computing. Most show that many users are not ready to upload their personal documents online. Are you?

What is a Cloud?

Cloud Computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet).

Let’s see some statistics:

Here are some statistics (source) showing worries about using applications in the “Cloud”. These statistics show that companies’ adoption of the Cloud is still far. The most common reasons are security, privacy, storage and law. The result shows that 66% of the companies reported that these worries have delayed or stopped them from deploying projects in the Cloud.

The clearest worry was about the possibility of getting stolen: 52%. Stopping or delaying a project can be expensive for any company. We believe that the most effective way to join the Cloud is to do it with proper security.

The main worries were:

  • 66% – Security of data
  • 56% – Privacy of data
  • 34% – Regulatory compliance
  • 26% – Storage of data

The statistics also showed up other worries about the Cloud

  • 52% – Possibility of being stolen (example)
  • 34% – Risky companies (example)
  • 32% – Account, services, traffic stealing (Yahoo, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Sony and, in general, other Big companies)
  • 32% – Vulnerabilities in the technology used for sharing (example)
  • 28% – Malicious workers inside the provider of the cloud service
  • 24% – Unsafe programming interfaces

In addition to all these fears, the government of the United States dictated that you are not the owner of whatever you stored in the Cloud (Megaupload and the Government’s Attack on Cloud Computing and No eres dueño de nada de lo que alojes en la nube).

And what about the biggest Cloud system in the world? (Google: Online Eye of Sauron or Is Google Drive worse for privacy than iCloud, Skydrive, and Dropbox?).

So…what now?

I am now in a contradiction. The Cloud as an idea is great, but which price are we willing to pay for it? I want to be able to use a Cloud, but I would also like to be sure that my documents are safe. I thought some time ago that this was a great idea, so we decided to develop a tool that would be able to deliver both features to our clients, and we named it SAFECLON (before it was HiddenBak).

That’s nice, but what is HiddenBak?

HiddenBak is a file server that focuses the most on security. Unlike today’s common hosting and cloud services, our system ensures no third party can access your files. But another great feature is the synchronization system, which allows HiddenBak servers to synchronise securely. HiddenBak also allows you to use our mobile application, which will allow you to access your data from your mobile device through a secure connection no matter where you are if you wish to keep your Cloud protected under your own umbrella so no rain will affect your IT structure.

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