March 22nd, 2005
|01:29 am - One of the reasons I avoid Google|
Current Mood: irate
Current Music: "Until the End of the World" by U2
Sure, but now you can get a utility that uses Gmail as a mountable virtual drive for your PC! Think of ALL THE STORAGE!!!!!
And all the lack of security!!!!!!!!
I want the only person able to access my information to be ME. (Or someone I know personally and am willing to trust with access to my information.)
I prefer to control access to my information myself -- I don't trust a company that can so easily hack into it with just a few keystrokes from a knowledgeable employee. There is too much identity theft now as it is, including that done by employees and sub-contractors as well as by those who hack into systems.
I want to make it as HARD AS POSSIBLE for someone to access my personal information, just to decrease the likelihood of becoming a victim of identity theft. Or of someone deleting or modifying my files -- for whatever reason. So to me, ceding control of my information would be a step backward.
If I want more storage, I will go BUY it, in the form of an external hard-drive that *I* and ONLY *I* control. A drive where I can put whatever my little heart desires and trust that nobody else will be able to access it OR modify it OR delete it, unless I have SPECIFICALLY given them permission to do so.
Well I am picky for a reason.
I've had the unfortunate experience of having had the UnCoven site's files wiped from several sites -- Aimoo, iVillage, FortuneCity and even from Angelfire, despite there having been absolutely nothing illegal there -- no child porn, no hackerware, NOTHING. This is one of the reasons why the Pagan Files section is currently with so many dead links and why the Persephone's Pets and It Was a Beautiful Day in September 9-11 memorial are GONE, as is the Aimoo public messageboard. I have to re-upload a lot of the stuff, and it's a right royal PAIN. Luckily I kept copies of everything I put up there, so I'll be able to re-create stuff.
But I very much resent having to do all that work again, all because some faceless employee decides my stuff has to go. For whatever reason. And part of me can't help but wonder if part of it is because of the site being pagan. I say that because a while back, when if you wanted more diskspace you had to make a special request to Angelfire, I did that a few times, and was granted more space, then had the requests denied, for NO given reason. I re-submitted my request (EXACTLY the same -- no changes!) and was subsequently granted the additional space. I got the feeling that whoever was reviewing my site at the time (since the site got more space only if the Angelfire employee went through EVERY SINGLE FILE on the site to make sure the site was "kosher") had some kind of issue with the site being pagan-oriented and therefore used his/her "fiat" power to deny my request for additional space. I couldn't PROVE something like that though, but I very strongly suspect that that was the case, given that I was later able to get more space without having changed anything about the site or its files.
Because of stuff like this I am very, very wary of what I put up on the web and I always create some kind of backup, so that I can re-create stuff (or try to) if a site decides to stop offering web space (as in the case of iVillage) or goes belly up (like mp3.com) or some employee decides to get rid of all my uploaded files (as with FortuneCity and Angelfire) or completely yank my site (as with Aimoo).
That's why I have little trust that anything I would upload to a Gmail space would remain either private or un-hacked-into or even remain there at all, if the "corporate policy" changed for any reason.
Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they AREN'T out to get you!
Well, you could actually take and migrate your files to your desktop now that you have a broadband connection and service the page from there.
True, but I'm not sure I want to deal with the bother of setting up a dedicated webserver at this point.
Since I use the desktop for other things (as well as it being on the slow side), I wouldn't feel comfortable having it as the host of my site.
Having a dedicated server for the site is something I've thought about though . . .
Well - it would be another skill to put on your resume`.