Many of FAU Students and Faculty/Staff are now using Cloud Storage for Personal use. However, some of these Cloud storage provider’s terms of service actually do not comply with legal requirements in place by the University. Currently, here at FAU Google Drive (as part of our Google Apps for Education) can be used as we have a valid agreement with Google. For more information on which Cloud Storage providers can be used at FAU please contact the OIT Information Security Office.
What is Cloud Storage all about? Well, Cloud Storage is a service provider offering called DaaS - Data as a Service. The Service provider will give you access to your files from an Application or Web Browser and you can move the files from/to the Cloud via the Internet. Current popular free Cloud Storage providers are:
Microsoft OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) - 7GB free cloud storage and integrated with all Outlook.com users
Google Drive - 5GB free cloud storage and integrated with FAU Owl Apps and other Google Users
Apple iCloud - 5GB free cloud storage and integrated with Apple iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc. users
Dropbox - 2GB free cloud storage and integrated with apps for the MS Windows desktop, iOS and android devices
Personally, I would never put anything personal or private in the Cloud without encrypting it first. I suggest that you protect your Personal Identifiable Information (PII) and don’t post it or any other sensitive information in these Cloud Storage environments. Cloud Storage services are great for sharing pictures, music and normal documents but I would never store anything in the Cloud that could be used by the cyber criminals.