Google now automatically encrypts all Google Cloud Storage data

By Shawn Knight
Aug 16, 2013
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  1. Google’s Cloud Storage service now encrypts all data before it is written to disk using the 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). The search giant recently announced as much via their Cloud Platform blog, noting the change will come without additional...

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,061   +1,179

    For some reason that is still not very comforting! Knowing they could be ordered to decrypt (thats right, I don't put allot of faith in on-line encryption) and be gagged from telling anyone about it, doesn't sit well with me.
  3. treeski

    treeski TechSpot Guru Posts: 863   +127

    Maybe not, but at least it's a system that prevents governement entities from "accidentally" picking up data. Not much you can do about official requests, but at least the paperwork will (hopefully) be there in those cases, allowing for some oversight.

    I hope other cloud storage services follow suit.
  4. Backtrack all you want google, from now on I'll just keep buying hard drives to keep backup of my stuff
    im NEVER uploading anything to the cloud again, not google's or any other
  5. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 429   +15

  6. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 842   +11

    Since I started using email and then cloud storage, I have made a point to never put anything with important or sensitive information in it. I just don't trust it.
  7. I don't use CryptSync, but I do use PowerArchiver which offers the same feature.
  8. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 429   +15

    If it works, it works...
  9. Jesus. they are encrypting it when it is written to the disk. HELLO???? anyone in there?
    the NSA is intercepting traffic over the net, not going into the servers and copying it. This does absolutely nothing to stop that interception. This means it is encrypted once it arrives at its destination. data in flight is still at risk.
  10. " they are encrypting it when it is written to the disk. HELLO???? anyone in there?
    the NSA is intercepting traffic over the net, not going into the servers and copying it. This does absolutely nothing to stop that interception. This means it is encrypted once it arrives at its destination. data in flight is still at risk."


    Yes, this is mostly pointless. In all honesty, I'm far less worried about one company systematically scanning emails, cloud files, ect than the MANY other entities out there on the net intercepting it. If I had to pick I'd rather the data be encrypted at all times or at least while it's moving. Why it's not encrypted is beyond me.


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