Many people who want to go paperless (myself included) want to have their documents stored online so that they can access their information in the cloud.
There are, of course, security considerations when doing this. One more the more insightful articles I have read on this topic was written on The Economist’s Babbage blog this Spring after Dropbox’s well-publicized security woes.
The article is called Keys to the cloud castle, and it is a great overview of the security implications of keeping your sensitive information in the cloud, some options that you have, and and a good plain-English description of the issues.
Even better, it stresses the need for users to be educated on the topic.
What the revelations, complaints, accusations and responses have demonstrated is the need for better education about which set of encryption and security choices are most appropriate for what sort of data. The average user simply does not know what he is letting himself in for, or how to gauge the risks involved.
If you want to be educated (and I recommend that you do), I recommend checking out the article.
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