When uploading my files to the cloud, are they automatically encrypted before they leave my computer?
February 5, 2012 6:46 PM Subscribe
When uploading my files to major cloud services (Microsoft SkyDrive, Google Docs and Google Picasaweb), are they automatically encrypted before
they leave my computer?
posted by paleyellowwithorange to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Today I was listening to an episode of the Tech Talker (An Introduction to the Cloud
), and he said:
Most online backup solutions, services, and programs will encrypt your data on your home computer before sending it to a data center. What this means is that your data is already scrambled, encrypted, and locked before it ever leaves your home computer. So even if someone were to break into a data center and steal every shred of data, all they would have really stolen is a bunch of random zeros and ones that would take millions of years to crack.
Is this true of Microsoft SkyDrive
, Google Docs
and Google Picasaweb
If this is correct, does this mean that even these service providers, while hosting my files, are unable to access the contents of those files?