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I have been following the Wanna cry worm, the Target Hack. and I’ve been thinking over the years there have been many attempts to rid us of the C Drive, Linux Bootables, Google’s Chrome OS they’ve all failed to get traction as I see it mainly because storage was so expensive but now that you can get a TB for under a $100 a year is it finally time real cloud based computing?
Seems that this would remove like 90% of the problems and if you did get infected or hacked you reboot and the threat is gone, basically a fresh install on every startup. I know a home user could make this type of move and I am sure a Business could as most data is offsite anyway.
My only problem with the cloud is that data is valuable and most of the time for ordinary people who use the cloud, they will never know where that data is or who can access their data without their knowledge. Not as big of a problem for IT professionals but I worry that these large data centers will be breached exposing consumers data without any errors on the customers end.
I like the idea of storing your data in the cloud as opposed to using/relying on your local hard drive whether that is internal or external as I am currently using Amazon Drive for my personal data which gives me unlimited storage for only $50-$60 a year and when you sign up right now they have a three month trial available for Prime members.
At the end of the day, the only thing your internal hard drive should have on it is your operating system and installed apps, that way if you run into any problems all you need to do is nuke the sucker from orbit and re-image the system along with your apps either from a backup or from scratch.
Proper security and user permissions is all that’s required to protect yourself from something like this. I have a limited user account I use as a normal account, but when I want to install something, I have to log in as a Admin user for my system. And I don’t have local shares between computers. I use cloud based hosting to share files. Traditional “C drive” of local drives have to exist for may reasons (drivers, temp files, dll, ODBC….etc)