Clouds and Data Privacy

Clouds and data privacy

Cloud networks offer a convenient and inexpensive way for individuals to store and access their documents and other files electronically across a variety of devices. With the increasing attention by hackers toward electronic documents for nefarious purposes, are these files slated to become their next target?

Documents with personal and sensitive information have been sought by interested and unauthorized people ever since the creation of scrolls, tablets, and other recording methods many years ago. As technology becomes ever more sophisticated, the ability of these individuals to gain access to such information has improved along with it.

Financial institutions, social media sites, and other companies report intrusions into their secure systems every year. While many of the details on these infiltrations remain restricted, the ability of hackers to access such secure networks is certainly cause for heightened caution. With the introduction of cloud networks geared towards storing electronic copies of mail, hackers could have a new tempting target.

One of the benefits of electronic mail storage by such companies as Zumbox, Outbox, and Digital Post Australia is the ability to access mail from anywhere on any device. Each of these firms offer tight system security to assuage fear over hackers accessing this information. Companies, including financial institutions, have touted this level of security before, however, only to discover an unauthorized intrusion into their systems.

As technology continues to develop, only time will tell if tighter security measures can keep up with hacker determination.

Do you think the security of electronic mailbox services is tight enough to protect the privacy of digital mail?

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2 Comments

  1. grannybunny

     /  April 22, 2014

    I don’t know about the security of these electronic mail services, but note that Zumbox is going out of business. They sent me a PIN number once, to access my account — apparently, every address has one, since I never set one up — but it never effectively worked.

  2. Jonn

     /  April 22, 2014

    That’s another reason not to switch to companies like this. The only way I’d consider a digital mailbox is if the Postal Service offered it. Tech companies go out of business all the time, and I wouldn’t want to be caught in a bind if I relied on one to store my documents.

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