Sunday, January 17, 2016

Oh my: that desktop to cloud sync question again

Another short thought blog from Visual Mapper

Oh my: that desktop to cloud sync question again

Yes the enduring question indeed regarding the cloud. I recall years ago when I was deeply involved with QMS, and whilst being a regular contributor to a very notable Quality forum, I posited that very thought.

That thought being; can your data (regardless of type) be guaranteed with a security level that does not permit snooping agencies and hackers (they're the same are they not?) to sift your personal, academic and business data?

The owner and operator of that forum I was involved with stated: “here at this blog and indeed anywhere on the web, if you believe you have total privacy and security; you're delusional”.

But here we are quite a few years later and that statement resonates with me as I become more involved within my use of Visual mapping that has evolved into knowledge mapping, with a heavy bent on desktop to cloud sync usage.

I am naturally concerned; as I speak with, consult with and teach many about the virtues, strengths and future of having access to our own personal, academic and business graphical database product/service. And the database approach is now being more and more offered, not merely as a desktop product, but as a desktop to cloud sync subscription service.

Like many of my preferred mind/visual mapping products; they offer a cloud version of their desktop product. And for the most part they're pretty good even in their cloud editions. Yes of course; for most complex desktop products, it's rather difficult to take all of the functions and capabilities into a cloud edition (that's understandable).

I would say a few developers have merely offered a convenient access to a cloud brainstorming and viewing capability, and further misunderstanding the needs, wants and demands of those heading into the cloud sync world with their heavy data load requirements.

There's few other products such as www.comapping.com and www.thebrain.com that have successfully handled and offered a high data-load requirement by users of @50GB. But again I am wary of the quote above; can cloud sync service providers guarantee safe and secure spaces for our synced data?

The question has not been adequately answered by service providers, and yes snoopers and hackers are a reality. But who owns our data when it is synced, and what of proprietary knowledge that has a monetary value to it for personal, academic and business usage?

Oh yes; these are really hard questions that challenge our current and future use of the cloud as we are bombarded with this “Internet of Things” approach to how we are unwittingly being led into disregarding security of data, information and Knowledge.

What's your thoughts? Is it a real concern, or are we in an age where we've capitulated to complete openness via social media models, or are we just moving into a new era of open knowledge and the elimination of a capitalistic approach to ownership?


Yup I now need to go take a Tylenol too.

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