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General Philosophy concerning OneDrive

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    General Philosophy concerning OneDrive


    I would like to know if others agree with me that OneDrive being deeply ingrained in Windows 8.1 seems like an intrusive and potentially dangerous situation and precedence. Though it can be turned off, the fact that it is there and easily activated (which could be done remotely of course) seems like a great risk to privacy and intellectual material. This is especially important in this age of intrusive government and companies, including some tech giants that sometimes seem to agree with government. There is a certain group think or mob movement, across the globe, toward central government currently. What is to keep a software company in the future from simply vacuuming whatever we write to OneDrive and then, for whatever purposes, accessing it there, as well as sharing it? Many of us want our work stored only on our personal devices with no chance of accidents that might share it on a server somewhere else. "The Cloud" is nothing more than a server or servers in the possession of one or more powerful corporations. As a server these "clouds" are surely as hackable as any other server, adding yet another risk. If the company is seeing this, my questions to them are: Hey, Microsoft, do you see the ethics issue here? Can you tell us how to completely remove OneDrive? Surely any program can be removed from anything.

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    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    I personally like it. If I'm visiting someone and use their Guest account and sign into mine I get "my desktop". I only sync to the cloud the same way I carry things on me: only what I cam afford to lose or easily replace. I have nothing illegal on my PC(paid programs and media are paid for) and I have a backup hard drive. The cloud is only for syncing between PCs or when I'm using Ubuntu I can access OneDrive or OneNote thru Bing, and can even transfer files to Linux that way. If governments are interested in my batch files picture or OneNote snippets go ahead read them. I have absolutely no financial footprint in the internet(never banked, bought, got billed or sold online) I get my money at the bank when I need it & I pay cash.
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    Windows 8.1


    Cliff, I get the positives of the system, but as a writer, I do not like something on my computer that could send my files anywhere other than my computer. I also do not trust the way Windows updates and changes things. I expect it to some day just switch on OneDrive without my knowledge.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Buck View Post
    Cliff, I get the positives of the system, but as a writer, I do not like something on my computer that could send my files anywhere other than my computer. I also do not trust the way Windows updates and changes things. I expect it to some day just switch on OneDrive without my knowledge.
    I can understand that, when the computer is your "Tool of the Trade"(copywrite i.e.). Maybe someday, someone will create a batch file or vbs, that turns everything to do with OneDrive off, with one click(services, firewall, tasks...etc.) for people who need it but don't have the skills. Because it is so integrated, ripping it out could break other programs or apps.
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    I'm one of the (probably) very few folks that think that the so-called "cloud" solutions are more trouble than they are worth. I'm not new to the concept of remotely-accessible resizable storage solutions, having been involved in them personally for most of my career in Systems Engineering, but those I worked on were secure and used on private networks.

    I can see the value of storing stuff on a "cloud" when you want to be able to get to it from a variety of devices, all of whom have Internet access. That is certainly easier than carrying around a portable hard drive, which could get lost, stolen, or damaged. But, I didn't grow up doing that, and have no personal need for that kind of remote storage. I run a file server on my Home network, and that is all the "remote" storage I need for all the devices that I have.

    As to ingrained in Win8, I'm not using it, and others I know aren't using it either -- so at least at present, it remains a personal choice. If folks are willing to risk their personal files to a remote site over which they have absolutely NO control, that is their mistake. When their stuff gets stolen, as apparently thousands if not millions of such instances happen every week, they have no one to blame but themselves.

    According to the material in the linked MS thread, OneDrive can be disabled in Win8.1 -- which is the solution to use if you don't want to be bothered by it: How to Completely Disable OneDrive - Microsoft Community
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    Vista and Win7


    I think for someone who works quietly at home on his/her one or two computers the cloud is useless. However, for a company that wants many employees to access the same data, it can be very useful. And then there are some that are 'in between'.

    If you think it helps you do what you want to do, leave it on. I have set automatic OneDrive off but I use it as a storage medium for specific things that I access via the browser.
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