Overloading Cloud Services With Security Fixes Defeats Their Purpose

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2014-09-06 Print this article Print
Cloud Storage Security

In reality, Apple is meeting a very real demand from its customers in providing an easy-to-use, readily available means for storing photos on the fly. And while it could do a better job of some things, so could a lot of other companies.

"Apple is no worse than anybody else," said Alan Zeichick, principal analyst for Camden Associates. Zeichick thinks that two-factor authentication should be set up by default, and that public cloud companies (including but not limited to Apple) should do a better job of watching for hackers by alerting subscribers about password hacking attempts, suspicious IP addresses and the like.

But customers can also take some measures to help protect themselves. For example, both Zeichick and Mathias suggest making up fictitious answers to those questions, such as your grandmother's maiden name or the make of your first car. What matters is that someone can't find out the answer by looking at your high school yearbook. It might also be a good idea to create an email address that exists for no other reason than being your user name for online accounts.

But, in reality, what Apple was doing is something that successful businesses do well, and that's meeting the demands of its customers. Customers look to Apple for ease of use, and they get that. But the fact is that ease of use may include some risk.

Saying Good-Bye

During the time I was writing this column, I received word that one of my closest friends in this business we call technology journalism had died. Eric Lundquist has been a colleague at times, a competitor at other times and on one occasion my boss. To say that I was fortunate to have reported to him would be an understatement.

Eric Lundquist was the journalist that we all aspire to be. He was a stickler for accuracy, but he was also fair. He didn't pull punches, but he also didn't make unfair hits. I know from the way people spoke of him that he was highly respected throughout the technology industry, and that he will be deeply missed.

Yet Eric was more than just a colleague. Over the years, we became good friends. I was privileged to count him as one of my closest friends during the time I knew him. We traveled the world in quest of one more good story, of course. But, sometimes, our travels were just through the concourse at some faraway train station to find one more beer and one more meal. Farewell, good friend. I'm a better person and a better journalist for having known you.


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