At this point it is already official, the world is moving to the cloud.
There has been a movement for this to happen, for the past ten years.
The thinking was that people would give up their thick, bulky computers and move more towards having web based applications store their data.
Most people did not agree with it at the time and many still do not.
More and more we are seeing people brushing aside storing their data on a local computer and, instead, storing it somewhere on a remote server.
You are now seeing cloud commercials advertising during sporting events.
This means that the ideal has gained some traction.
Who Can You Really Trust On The Web?
With everything moving to a web based solution, the question is, how can you decide who to trust?
Trusting your data to some web application is a very big decision.
You not only have to worry about security issues, but also server failure and lack of Internet access as well.
The security issue is a big one.
The world of the web can be trusting and open but there is a dark side.
There are plenty of examples of people who take advantage of others over the Internet.
And they are not always hackers.
Some of these people are IT administrators, or employees with computer smarts, that may work at these web-based companies.
If the system is not secured enough, they may be tempted to take advantage at having all of this access to the data.
So they will read, steal it, or use it themselves.
They may even take the information that they find and try to sell it.
If they are found out, this can be a big blow to a company especially a start up.
Its A Question Of Trust
Trust is a big factor for services such as this.
Also you must be aware, that you may not be able to access your data one hundred percent of the time.
Sometimes these services will go offline.
They may be performing system upgrades, or they might be suffering an attack from a hacker.
In the last several months, the popular social service Twitter has asked users to change their passwords several times.
This is because hackers had gotten into the system and were able to see the users personal information.
Twitter is not a vital service but if you choose a web based application for a vital operation, important to your company, you might have to put up with the same stuff.
It is important that you take this into consideration.
Web applications are for the most part secured but they do come with their share of risk.
You must be prepared to weigh the good and the bad when you decide to use one of these services.
Sometimes you might gain convenience, but lose something else that you might not notice until it is too late.