In Pictures: Lost in the Clouds - 7 examples of compromised personal information

While having instant access to your information via the cloud is a major bonus to productivity and convenience, there's a risk that the security trade-off will be too high.

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Google has indexed thousands of backup drives Each day millions of people across the globe create backups of their files. These backups are supposed to offer a measure of assurance that their files are safe, but that's not entirely true.

In fact, depending on how you've configured the device, your backups are freely available online to anyone who knows what they're looking for.

The following slides contain a few examples of the sensitive information people have stored on a backup drive that was later indexed by Google.

Unfortunately, most don't realize their data is available to the public, potentially offering themselves up as victims of identity theft or similar fraud.

Google isn't to blame either, as all of the backup files archived by the search giant are on networks or devices that were configured to act as public archives of data. But again, most people don't know this is happening.

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