For some years I have cringed when I hear commercials for “saving all your computer files automatically” on some remote server for a monthly fee from companies like Carbonite©. Do you think for a moment that any government agency (FBI, CIA, Justice Dept, etc.) could not DEMAND that Carbonite© or any of the other back-up businesses open your files to them? Have you ever heard of a subpoena? Do you think for a moment that ANY company who stores your computer files would refuse to give ALL your files to any government entity if they are threatened with legal action?
Now, you are saying, “Well, I have nothing to hide so I don’t care if the government sees my files.” If you say that, I have to assume that you are so young you don’t have any education on Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union. Of course, you may be one of those naïve persons who thinks the government is on your side. That is so pitiful and so stupid.
Ronald Reagan said, “The ten most dangerous words in the English languate are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.’” That was no joke.
If you need any further evidence that remotely storing your computer files is folly, look at the current scandals. Generals and their sexy emails to paramours were easily accessed.. Do you think that if the head of the CIA and the General who was supposed to be overseeing the war in Afghanistan could have their private files discovered, your computer files are secure on some remote server?
I always backup my files and you are foolish if you don’t because your computer will crash; it is inevitable. BUT I do it locally on a large hard drive right in my office. I don’t want the government intruding into my life in any manner, and I am surely not going to make it easy for them by storing my computer files on some remote server. If you choose to do that, good luck.