Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak On The Dangers Of The Cloud

Steve Wozniak (@stevewoz) at DEMO In the cloud, backup is about control. When you entrust all of your data to a cloud provider, you gain many advantages, but you lose some control of your data. If that cloud provider shuts down, if they have their own data loss problems, if they get hacked, or if anything happens to cause them to lose data, you are helpless. That is why a secure second copy of your data, a copy that you keep under your control, is such a good idea. But don’t take my word for it; ask Woz.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak recently commented on the problems of data control in the cloud, and the problems created by the move to the cloud.

“I really worry about everything going to the cloud,” he said. “I think it’s going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the next five years.”

He added: “With the cloud, you don’t own anything. You already signed it away” through the legalistic terms of service with a cloud provider that computer users must agree to.

“I want to feel that I own things,” Wozniak said. “A lot of people feel, ‘Oh, everything is really on my computer,’ but I say the more we transfer everything onto the web, onto the cloud, the less we’re going to have control over it.”

We have to respectfully disagree with Mr. Wozniak. Those that say you’re giving up control when you use the cloud must realize that there are easy fixes to controlling your data when it resides on a cloud environment. One of the easiest and best fixes is having a cloud backup in place.

In the on-premise world, backup is about mitigating against the risk of data loss. In a cloud world, backup is that plus more. In a world where your data lives in the cloud, backup is about keeping control of your data. When you have a secure second copy, you can sleep better at night knowing that no matter what happens to your cloud provider, your data is still safe. If you want to move to the cloud and mitigate your risks, Backupify is here to help.