Cloud storage continues to be one of the most important industries as it includes more of both enterprise and consumer use. Especially in these extraordinary times, the ability to have secure access to your personal and business data is essential. The question is whether the dominant players can be trusted with your privacy.
Initially, it should be noted that cloud storage is distinct from cloud computing in that it does not require software that runs from a remote or decentralized location. On the contrary, cloud storage simply allows you to use native applications on your phone, tablet or computer to interact with data that is stored elsewhere. Because it is a simpler proposition, cloud storage has been around longer and there are a few providers who have become almost synonymous with the industry, particularly DropBox.
But DropBox, Google and other early entrants into the cloud storage sector did what everyone else in tech did before consumers were smart enough to know better: they hid a provision in the Terms of Service that permitted routine breach of the consumer’s privacy. The hope was that price and convenience would continue to distract people into using a service that was not really safe.
Consumers and businesses have now awoken, to some extent, to this reality and there is a rising demand for fully-encrypted cloud storage. A few platforms are currently raising the bar for privacy in the realm of cloud storage. Tresorit, for example, is a Swiss company using AES256 encryption, which means that only the person that uploads the data can actually make sense of it. The company offers business and consumer plans which vary in amount of available storage and number of devices that can access the stored data. Surprisingly, Tresorit does not accept private forms of payment such as cryptocurrency.
Another private cloud storage provider is X Cloud by Internxt. This platform offers a combination of secure technology to provide a different type of cloud storage. Instead of your files being encrypted in one place, they are broken apart and decentralized over a peer-to-peer network. This is similar to the BitTorrent model where many small packets of information that make up a single file are spread across a multitude of computers across the globe. This kind of decentralization further enhances security and reduces the possibility of your data falling into the wrong hands.
Businesses and individuals are now demanding their cloud storage provide actual privacy. Fortunately, there are now a number of providers who are ready to meet that demand.