Safety in the Cloud

For those who are students, or who do research and/or write for a living, the data we have – papers that are due, articles that we are working on – is more valuable than the devices we use to write on. And so anyone who is not currently using Dropbox, or Google Drive, or some other such method to automatically synchronize their data not only across devices but to the cloud where a backup is stored, is taking an unnecessary risk. The image below which friends of mine shared provides an indication of what can happen if one chooses to live so recklessly.

  • Ian

    Heartbreaking!

    I find it easy to be glib about such stuff, but have to remind myself how few people in my life back up anything, despite my warnings to.

  • Jack Collins

    I lost 6 months of notes in a drive crash a week before my comps. Fortunately, I did fine without them, but as a consequence, I was diligent about having multiple redundant offsite and local backups when working on my dissertation. (Happy ending: I got the notes back a year later by sticking the dead drive in the freezer for an hour to un-seize the heads. Don’t try this at home.)


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