Google recently teamed up with Microsoft to test an intriguing plugin for the Office Suite. Known as the Google Cloud Connect, this simple concept revolves around the idea of saving your files to your online Google Docs space, instead of saving them in the local hard drive. It was to ensure free disc space and also, minimal possibilities of getting the files damaged through viruses and local hard disk based malwares.
The actual upload process is followed by letting the users’ share documents online and collaboratively edit them without letting Matt take a look at them first, or have Susie take a second look at ‘em. You get the whole idea, its time saving and more efficient to let the document flow online, while the entire workstation can view the same file in real time – at the same time!
All perks aside, Google and Microsoft aren’t exactly focusing on where they need to. It’s the data security modules, the number one business concern for anyone who’s willing to put a lot of secret documents on stake. Different surveys have shown all generations of cloud based applications and computing have gone hand in hand with security concerns.
Even a platform as tight as the iTunes, has been mocked for “weak” security concerns. There was a time when this hacker – Thai Nguyen plagued the iTunes store with his bogus applications, a simple move to harvest credit card information from thousands of innocent clients.
Coming back to Google, are you comfortable with the idea of uploading a confidential document? What if, you want to hold a meeting with your colleagues, who happen to be the board of directors? Somehow the said document leaks during that meeting, your competitors will be having an easy time in figuring out your future market related strategies.