The ability to save and store your information in an intangible platform sounds appealing. It saves space on your desktop, Smartphone, laptop, and tablet. However, the platform is tangible. Cloud storage is stored in what’s called logical pools, and is spread across numerous servers at multiple locations. Typically protected by 16 character passwords, these accounts are accessible to those who know how to crack them.
Smartphones are hailed as miracles of modern technology, each encompassing more computing power than all of NASA back in 1969. That was the year they put two men on the moon, and delivered them back safely. However, they are not without their flaws, or rather, without the security that prevents the stored information from being exploited. Many people use Smartphones on a daily basis to conduct business and social endeavors. Therein lies the flaw.
As many divorce attorneys have attested across the nation, the information contained in Smartphones are summarily being introduced as evidence in the courtroom. More than that, this same information is rapidly becoming one of the major causes of divorce to begin with. With the introduction of cloud storage which links to Smartphones as a downloadable application, more and more information can be stored. This is not always a good thing. The amount of storage varies, but an average of 20 plus gigabytes of storage can be attained for a nominal fee, to absolutely free.
The major problem in this, is that usually once the cloud storage app has been downloaded, it automatically ‘backs up’ all of the information stored on your Smartphone, and continues to do so without consent for all information being input into your phone on a daily basis. This is to prevent important information or photos from being lost. An example of auto back up, is the auto save on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device when typing. This auto save collects the information as you type and saves it to the cloud. Everything you type. Ever.
Enabling auto save to your cloud storage from your Smartphone works the same way. Attorney’s across the nation are advising their clients to disable this auto save option during divorce proceedings to help protect their clients from unintentionally harming themselves through incriminating evidence. Again, information saved to cloud storage is admissible in a court of law. Beware of making claims in court that can be proven false through stored information. Cloud storage may sound like a little piece of heaven, but may actually prove to be damning in court.
Jeff Hughes, J.D.