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Microsoft just upped its multi-million bet on quantum computing – ZDNet

The Nordic outpost of Microsoft’s US-based quantum research lab, Station Q, will be headed by professor Charles Marcus, one of four scientists Microsoft hired last year.

Microsoft has tipped several million dollars into a new quantum computing R&D lab at Copenhagen University, Denmark.

Microsoft has signed a multi-year deal with the university to collaborate on the development of a general-purpose quantum computer. Microsoft’s staff will be working with the university’s Niels Bohr Institute.

The institute is headed up by professor Charles Marcus, one of four scientists Microsoft hired last year to accelerate its bet that it can create a scalable quantum computer.

Marcus runs the institute’s Center for Quantum Devices (QDev) and the partnership establishes the university as a Nordic outpost of Microsoft’s US-based quantum research lab, Station Q. QDev will be home to Station Q Copenhagen, alongside Station Q labs at the University of Sydney, Purdue University, and Delft University.

Instead of conventional transistor’s on or off state, represented by 1 and 0, a quantum computer’s bits, called qubits, are based on quantum particles and can be both on and off at the same time. That characteristic offers the potential for far more powerful computers.

Microsoft is betting that topological quantum computing holds the key to creating a stable qubit. Topology, or the mathematical study of shapes and space, is gaining more attention among quantum computing researchers.

As noted in Nature, Microsoft’s approach aims to encode qubits in a quasiparticle called ‘non-abelian anyons’ that emerge from interactions inside matter. It hopes to use their topological properties, which make qubits more stable, to create its general-purpose quantum computer.

According to Copenhagen University, Microsoft now has over a dozen employees located there and expects the team to grow as they work toward developing a topological quantum computer.

On top of the multi-million dollar investment, Microsoft has also agreed to “significant” quantum research funding at the university.

“The critical pillars for successful and productive quantum research already exist at the University of Copenhagen – an aligned vision between Microsoft and the university, an exceptional team of top quantum researchers, a broad and deep pool of post doctorate and student talent, and a solid baseline of facilities and equipment dedicated to quantum research,” said David Pritchard, chief of staff for the Artificial Intelligence and Research division at Microsoft.

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University of Sydney and Microsoft collaborators in front of Station Q’s dilution fridge (University of Sydney)

Microsofts Station Q quantum computing lab at the University of Sydney is set to embark on a new chapter in its research, moving to scale up its next generation of quantum-engineered devices.

The devices in question will form the heart of what the Microsoft-backed lab claims is the first practical topological quantum computers.

By now, the idea behind quantum computing is fairly well established. Unlike classical computing, which uses digital bits as binary switches to carry out calculations, quantum computing makes use of the unusual properties of subatomic quantum bits or qubits to perform calculations.

A topological quantum computer employs qubits using subatomic particles called Majorana fermions, a particle that is also its own antiparticle, will have their information encoded through their topology, or geometry.

The first generation of quantum bits suffers from interference from electromagnetic noise. This means they lack robustness and are proving very difficult to scale up to a fault-tolerant, universal quantum computer.

It has long been theorised that Majorana fermions could help scientists to build more robust quantum computers. Indeed, Station Q researchers suggest that by braiding the Majoranas, quantum information is encoded in a way that is highly resistant to interference.

As it turns out, a new study by Dr Maja Cassidy, who is based at the University of Sydneys Station Q lab, has confirmed one of the prerequisites for building these devices.

Now, researchers at Sydneys Station Q lab are set to build the next generation of devices that will use Majorana fermions as the basis for quantum computers.

In preparation, Station Q will move scientific equipment into the universitys Nanoscience Hub clean rooms over the next few months as it increases capacity to develop quantum machines.

Cassidy said that building such quantum devices is a bit like going on a detective hunt.

When Majorana fermions were first shown to exist in 2012, there were many who said there could be other explanations for the findings, she said.

The challenge to show that the latest findings were caused by Majoranas was put to a research team led by Professor Leo Kouwenhoven, who now leads Microsofts Station Q lab in the Netherlands.

The new research paper, published on 7 September, meets an essential part of that challenge.

In essence, the research aims to prove that electrons on a one-dimensional semiconducting nanowire will have a quantum spin opposite to its momentum in a finite magnetic field.

This information is consistent with previous reports observing Majorana fermions in these nanowires, Cassidy said.

Cassidy conducted the research while at the Technical University Delft in the Netherlands, where she held a post-doctorate position.

She has since returned to Australia and is based at the University of Sydney Station Q partnership with Microsoft.

For University of Sydney Professor and Station Q Sydney director, David Reilly, the Majorana fermion work being undertaken by Cassidy and Australian lab is practical science at the cutting-edge.

We have hired Dr Cassidy because her ability to fabricate next-generation quantum devices is second to none, Reilly said.

The new research comes just over a month after Microsoft revealed it had gone all in on its quantum computing research partnership with the University of Sydney, striking a multi-year global agreement with the institution.

The deal sees Microsoft commit to a new, long-term phase of its investment at the university, with the funding expected to result in state-of-the-art equipment, see the recruitment of new staff, help build out the nations scientific and engineering talent, and focus research project funding into the university.

In April, Microsoft revealed it would double the size of the lab, in a move expected to see at least 20 additional researchers come on board.

Quantum computing has largely been relegated to the realm of research by the likes of Station Q and other such university-affiliated labs.

However, in August, the University of NSW (UNSW) made a move to commercialise its quantum computing technology with the launch of what is being touted as Australias first quantum computing company.

The $83 million venture, from which the new company, Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd, emerged, has received backing from UNSW itself, which has contributed $25 million, as well as the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Telstra, which are contributing $14 million and $10 million, respectively.

The creation of the company is intended to help drive the development and commercialisation of a 10-qubit quantum integrated circuit prototype in silicon by 2022, as the forerunner to a silicon-based quantum computer.

The company will work alongside the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T), operating from new laboratories within the Centres UNSW headquarters.

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An Entirely New Type of Quantum Computing Has Just Been Invented – Futurism

A New Type of Qubit

Australian researchers have designed a new type of qubit the building block of quantum computers that they say will finally make it possible to manufacture a true, large-scale quantum computer.

Broadly speaking, there are currently a number of ways to make a quantum computer. Some take up less space, but tend to be incredibly complex. Others are simpler, but if you want it to scale up youre going to need to knock down a few walls.

Some tried and true ways to capture a qubit are to use standard atom-taming technology such as ion traps and optical tweezers that can hold onto particles long enough for their quantum states to be analysed.

Others use circuits made of superconducting materials to detect quantum superpositions within the insanely slippery electrical currents.

The advantage of these kinds of systems is their basis in existing techniques and equipment, making them relatively affordable and easy to put together.

The cost is space the technology might do for a relatively small number of qubits, but when youre looking at hundreds or thousands of them linked into a computer, the scale quickly becomes unfeasible.

Thanks to coding information in both the nucleus and electron of an atom, the new silicon qubit, which is being called a flip-flop qubit, can be controlled by electric signals, instead of magnetic ones. That means it can maintain quantum entanglement across a larger distance than ever before, making it cheaper and easier to build into a scalable computer.

If theyre too close, or too far apart, the entanglement between quantum bits which is what makes quantum computers so special doesnt occur, says the researcher who came up with the new qubit, Guilherme Tosi, from the University of New South Wales in Australia.

The flip-flop qubit will sit in the sweet spot between those two extremes, offering true quantum entanglement across a distance of hundreds of nanometres.

In other words, this might be just what weve been waiting for to make silicon-based quantum computers scalable.

To be clear, so far we only have a blueprint of the device it hasnt been built as yet. But according to team leader, Andrea Morello, the development is as important for the field as the seminal 1998 paper in Nature by Bruce Kane, which kicked off the silicon quantum computing movement.

Like Kanes paper, this is a theory, a proposal the qubit has yet to be built, says Morello. We have some preliminary experimental data that suggests its entirely feasible, so were working to fully demonstrate this. But I think this is as visionary as Kanes original paper.

The flip-flop qubit works by coding information on both the electron AND nucleus of a phosphorus atom implanted inside a silicon chip,and connected with a pattern of electrodes. The whole thing is then chilled to near absolute zero and bathed in a magnetic field.

The qubits value is then determined by combinations of a binary property called spin if the spin is up for an electron while down for the nucleus, the qubit represents an overall value of 1. Reversed, and its a 0.

That leaves the superposition of the spin-states to be used in quantum operations.

In flip-flop, researchers are able to control the qubit using an electric field instead of magnetic signals which gives two advantages. It is easier to integrate with normal electronic circuits and, most importantly, it also means qubits can communicate over larger distances.

To operate this qubit, you need to pull the electron a little bit away from the nucleus, using the electrodes at the top. By doing so, you also create an electric dipole, says Tosi.

This is the crucial point, adds Morello. These electric dipoles interact with each other over fairly large distances, a good fraction of a micron, or 1,000 nanometres.

This means we can now place the single-atom qubits much further apart than previously thought possible. So there is plenty of space to intersperse the key classical components such as interconnects, control electrodes and readout devices, while retaining the precise atom-like nature of the quantum bit.

Its easier to fabricate than atomic-scale devices, but still allows us to place a million qubits on a square millimetre.

What this new flip-flop qubit means is a balance that could make future quantum computers small and potentially affordable.

Its a brilliant design, and like many such conceptual leaps, its amazing no-one had thought of it before, says Morello.

The research has been published in Nature Communications.

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Lenovo Faces No Significant Penalty for Security-Destroying Superfish Debacle – ExtremeTech

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The shovelware PC OEMs ship on their hardware is definitionally terrible; the handful of exceptions to this only serve to prove the rule. In early 2015, however, news broke that Lenovo hadnt simply shipped poor bundled software, but had fundamentally destroyed internet security on its products in the process. The entire sorry affair exposed a dearth of appropriate safeguards at the PC manufacturer, including the lack of meaningful software or oversight over the bundling process.

An estimated 750,000 PCs were sold with Superfish installed in the US. Lenovos initial fix merely removed the offending software, as opposed to closing the gaping security hole it had opened.

To refresh your memory: Superfish was the name of a developer behind an app called VisualDiscovery. VisualDiscovery injected advertising into websites you visited, including websites using HTTPS. Superfishbroke internet security by issuing its own self-signed certificate of authenticity, thereby guaranteeing HTTPS wouldnt work properly on any site and youd never even know this was the case.

Making matters worse, Superfish only ever used one certificate key on every system. This is the classic architecture of a man-in-the-middle attack, except its one Lenovo perpetrated against its own users. The crazy part: Lenovo actually knew about this behavior, told Superfish to remove it, and then never checked to see if the company had done so.

Superfishs valuable service in action.

In the aftermath of Superfish, 32 states and the FTC launched a joint case against Lenovo, and that case has now concluded with a settlement. It includes no meaningful penalty for Lenovo, which is not required to admit wrongdoing, and is fined just $3.5 million (split among 32 states). The only requirements Lenovo faces are the need to receive affirmative consent from users before installing any data-gathering or ad-serving application on their PCssomething that shouldnt even be on the table,given that Lenovo pledged to stop shipping PCs contaminated with bloatware back in 2015and to run third-party security audits every other year on its bundled software for the next 20 years. Given that these audits should be running anyway, theres no actual penalty here, unless being required to perform minimal security due diligence counts as a penalty.

Lenovo, meanwhile, couldnt resist letting the world know it disagrees with even this tiny non-penalty. In a statement, the company said: While Lenovo disagrees with allegations contained in these complaints, we are pleased to bring this matter to a close. This is perfectly in keeping with Lenovos demeanor throughout Superfish. The company first argued it didnt compromised security, then claimed the entire issue was overblown because no one was known to have taken advantage of itremember, no one could tell if it had been exploited, since it broke HTTPS security in the first placewith the memorable dodge that all of this was somehow acceptable because ThinkPad users (aka, users Lenovo cares about) werent affected. Lenovo was evidently just warming up the ThinkPad excuse, because it trotted it out again a few months later when caught in another security snafu.

This type of non-penalty penalty illustrates part of why American citizens take digital security so lightly, and why breaches, attacks, and ransomware outbreaks keep getting worse. You can call this an offshoot of regulatory capture if you like, or see it as part of a positive reinforcement cycle between large corporations, which broadly seek to mine as much data as possible for earning money, and first-world governments, which hoover up huge amounts of data in the name of national security.

There is no excuse for Lenovos decision to ship broken software to 750,000 US customers. But theres also no excuse for allowing cataclysmic security breaches like this to go unpunished except, of course, that few care about security.

Lenovo never cleaned house. It never performed more than the most perfunctory attempts at public apology, and it cant help telegraphing its own resentment that it had to pay a pittance for the collective aggravation and genuine security threat it imposed on its own customers. In the aftermath of Superfish I wrote that I refuse to recommend laptops from Lenovo to anyone, for any reason. Thats still the case.

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Best Cloud Storage Solutions For Your Small Business – CBS Chicago – CBS Chicago

With the internet of things, cloud storage has become more than just a way to conserve business resources by storing files and data online. It has become an essential business tool. It allows users to share and collaborate on projects from any location using a variety of devices. Cloud storage is also a vital component of any security system. Storing critical backups on the company server has inherent dangers, such as ransomware attacks or system failures. Keeping backups in the cloud is the best way to ensure a quick recovery. Here is a rundown of the most popular options that provide all the cloud storage features small business owners need to safely share and store digital assets.

Dropbox

Dropbox is a favorite among users. It is known for its reliability and compatibility with other services. Users can integrate with Microsoft Office Online to edit stored Word, PowerPoint and Excel files. To collaborate on a document, simply create a shared folder and set permissions. Dropbox offers 2 GB of free storage. An upgrade to Dropbox Plus is $99 a year and expands storage space to 1 TB.

Google Drive

Google Drive really shines when it comes to collaborating. The intuitive dashboard allows users to quickly set permissions for each file stored in the cloud. Gmail, Google Docs, Google photos and Google Calendar all work together seamlessly with Google Drive. With a few clicks, users can save Gmail attachments to Google Drive for storage. The first 15 GB of storage is free. Upgrades start at $19.99 a year for 100 GB of storage.

Microsoft OneDrive

OneDrive is built into the Windows operating system making it easy to sync Windows devices. Documents, photos and videos are automatically organized and tagged. Microsoft offers 5 GB of free storage. Premium plans, starting at $6.99 a month, expand storage capacity and come with the newest versions of MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote.

IDrive

IDrive is another great way to store your backups of files and databases. It has multiple backup and data restoration options, and file size is unlimited, which is an important consideration when doing complete website backups. There is up to 5 GB of storage available for free. An upgrade to 2 TB is $69.50 per year.

Box

Box is loaded with privacy and sharing options making it ideal for collaborative projects. Users can upload almost any type of file, add comments to shared documents, assign tasks and receive notifications when a file has been changed. Business plans start at $5 per month. This includes access for three to 10 users and 100 GB of storage.

This article was written by Gillian Burdett for CBS Small Business Pulse

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How Secure Is Cloud-Based Data Storage? – HuffPost

Do you trust “the cloud” to securely store computer files? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by John L. Miller, Worked on several distributed and cloud storage services. PhD in distributed systems, on Quora:

Files stored in reliable cloud services are some of the most secure files you can have, provided you have good passwords. Google, Microsoft, and Amazon all provide reliable cloud services for consumer file storage.

Personally speaking, my home machines have lost hundreds of gigabytes of data (video, audio, and some important stuff) to hard disk failures. Ive neverlost anydata I put in cloud services.

Some cloud storage has versioning of files to help you recover from accidental deletes and overwrites.

Overall the cloud is a great place to securely store data.

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Best Cloud Storage Solutions For Your Small Business – CBS Detroit

With the internet of things, cloud storage has become more than just a way to conserve business resources by storing files and data online. It has become an essential business tool. It allows users to share and collaborate on projects from any location using a variety of devices. Cloud storage is also a vital component of any security system. Storing critical backups on the company server has inherent dangers, such as ransomware attacks or system failures. Keeping backups in the cloud is the best way to ensure a quick recovery. Here is a rundown of the most popular options that provide all the cloud storage features small business owners need to safely share and store digital assets.

Dropbox

Dropbox is a favorite among users. It is known for its reliability and compatibility with other services. Users can integrate with Microsoft Office Online to edit stored Word, PowerPoint and Excel files. To collaborate on a document, simply create a shared folder and set permissions. Dropbox offers 2 GB of free storage. An upgrade to Dropbox Plus is $99 a year and expands storage space to 1 TB.

Google Drive

Google Drive really shines when it comes to collaborating. The intuitive dashboard allows users to quickly set permissions for each file stored in the cloud. Gmail, Google Docs, Google photos and Google Calendar all work together seamlessly with Google Drive. With a few clicks, users can save Gmail attachments to Google Drive for storage. The first 15 GB of storage is free. Upgrades start at $19.99 a year for 100 GB of storage.

Microsoft OneDrive

OneDrive is built into the Windows operating system making it easy to sync Windows devices. Documents, photos and videos are automatically organized and tagged. Microsoft offers 5 GB of free storage. Premium plans, starting at $6.99 a month, expand storage capacity and come with the newest versions of MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote.

IDrive

IDrive is another great way to store your backups of files and databases. It has multiple backup and data restoration options, and file size is unlimited, which is an important consideration when doing complete website backups. There is up to 5 GB of storage available for free. An upgrade to 2 TB is $69.50 per year.

Box

Box is loaded with privacy and sharing options making it ideal for collaborative projects. Users can upload almost any type of file, add comments to shared documents, assign tasks and receive notifications when a file has been changed. Business plans start at $5 per month. This includes access for three to 10 users and 100 GB of storage.

This article was written by Gillian Burdett for CBS Small Business Pulse

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Deals: A Lifetime Of 2TB Cloud Storage For 90% Off – Gizmodo Australia

Free speech is often raised as a defence in the court of public opinion, particularly when people are called out by their ideological opponents. Youre attacking my right to free speech! However, either through forgetfulness or ignorance, many Australians dont appear to realise free speech is not a legal right they hold.

A year after the disastrous Galaxy Note7, Samsung is back with another Note, its flagship big-screen smartphone that is the best it’ll build in 2017. Welcome to the Note8 — it’s a masterpiece, an agenda-setting phone that’s the first of a new breed of devices that could well replace your entire PC.The Galaxy Note8 faces stronger competition than ever, but that’s a great thing for you, the customer. It catches up to Apple and its competitors with an excellent dual camera, and it streaks ahead with the best screen of any phone ever. If this is the benchmark for top-end phones, I’m really excited to see what this forces everyone else to come up with.

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Canon USA Advances PRISMAsync Color Print Server in Version 5.2, Offering Cloud-Based PRISMAlytics Dashboard … – PR Newswire (press release)

Canon will debut PRISMAsync Print Server v5.2 at PRINT 17 (booth #1213), held in Chicago, Illinois from September 10 to September 14, 2017.

“The evolution of the PRISMAsync family of print servers reflects Canon’s technological leadership and our focus on creating products that can help users increase productivity and maximize efficiency,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Productivity is an evolving term and means so much more than just the number of pages printed per minute in today’s market. The new tools and features of the PRISMAsync solution are designed specifically to help print providers keep operators efficient and their imagePRESS engines running, as is our effort to maintain the functionality and user interaction of the PRISMAsync platform for color and monochrome presses as uniform as possible.”

Among new features included with PRISMAsync Color Print Server v5.2 are:

PRISMAlytics Dashboard1-A cloud-based service that collects, organizes and displays performance trends from PRISMAsync driven digital presses running on version 5.2 or later. It records press data and transforms it into an easy-to-access and interpret dashboard, displaying usage, production and consumption-related information. This fact-based dashboard can help print floor managers study press performance on a daily basis as well as analyze trends over time, which can help them identify areas of improvement as a basis to take actions and bring higher efficiency to their production environment.

Extended and Automated Color Management Tools – For color critical environments, PRISMAsync Print Server v5.2 brings new color controls that can be implemented on a job or system-wide basis, helping operators produce each job with high quality. From optimized black point compensation to special saturation rendering, operators can be confident a full range of tools for producing the best color are at hand.

In addition, with PRISMAsync v5.2 for the imagePRESS C10000VP/C8000VP, the presses’ Inline Spectrophotometric Sensors (ILS) can be used for color calibration and ICC output profile creation. Rather than relying on measuring color targets by hand, the imagePRESS C10000VP Series presses will be able to automatically print and measure color patches (including G7 targets), creating custom ICC output profiles in just a few minutes and with no operator intervention after initiation.

“We chose PRISMAsync to drive our imagePRESS color digital presses because G7 calibration is built into the RIP and there is no need for add-ons or third-party software,” said Brad Steven, IT/Digital Production Manager at Print-Tech, a G7 Master Qualified Printerin Ann Arbor,Michigan. “The efficiency and productivity of PRISMAsync print server and imagePRESS C10000VP is phenomenal. Our color calibration continues to be spot on. We are excited to implement the new release of PRISMAsync Version 5.2; it is expected to cut the time it takes to perform our in-RIP G7 calibration and color profiling nearly in half while assuring even greater consistency of measurement.”

New Scan/Copy Features – For copy/scan-intensive print operations such as in-plants, full support of Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) search when scanning to email and a new simplified “Easy Copy” screen have been implemented, helping to bring new efficiencies to these environments. Furthermore, v5.2 enables user interface configuration by user role, allowing administrators to limit available settings and options for certain roles to better fit their operation’s workflow or task division.

PRISMAsync Print Servers are key components of the PRISMA Suite – Canon’s integrated suite of workflow essentials for production print. Designed to optimize the print production workflow from job submission to completion; enabling users to adapt, evolve and grow within ever-changing production print environments.

PRISMAsync Color Print Server v5.2 is now available through Canon Authorized Dealers and Canon Solutions America for imagePRESS C10000VP/C8000VP, imagePRESS C850/C750 and brings the relevant functionality in line with the PRISMAsync platform for varioPRINT monochrome digital presses. For current PRISMAsync users, Canon makes a strong effort to allow the field upgrades to keep the PRISMAsync feature and usability level aligned with newly sold devices. As such, version 5.2 is now also available for imagePRESS C800/C700 and imagePRESS C70xxVPS Series2.

The new PRISMAlytics Dashboard is scheduled to be available from October 2017.

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Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets. With approximately $29 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2016. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based service and support for all of the products it distributes in the United States. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting http://www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact pr@cusa.canon.com.

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Keeping Your Files Safe in Google’s Cloud – New York Times

Q. When I upload a file to the Google Drive cloud, where is it actually stored, and is it protected from hackers?

A. According to Google, the files you add to your Google Drive app or folder are stored on servers in secure data centers. Your data stored with Google is encrypted during transfer from your computer and while it sits on Google Drive servers. (Many online file-storage sites offer similar protection, but check before you sign up if you have security concerns.)

Cloud services are often targets for thieves, but personal security by the account holder is often the weak link. Google recommends using two-step verification on Google Drive accounts to add an extra layer of protection, and it says to always fully log out of your account when using shared or public computers. The Safety Center area of the companys website has other tips and tools for many of its products, including Gmail, Android and Chrome.

In addition to providing a place to store files, Google Drive includes Google Docs, an online software suite for creating and collaborating on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. This summer, the company announced a desktop app for Windows and Mac, called Backup and Sync, that keeps Google Photos and Google Drive files backed up online.

Google Drive has been around since 2012, and some people have raised concerns about Googles scanning user content for its own purposes, like selling targeted advertising. The companys overall Terms of Service document states, Our automated systems analyze your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection. This analysis occurs as the content is sent, received and when it is stored.

Googles terms are not unlike those of other companies offering similar services and can be seen as the price of free. If they bother you, you can look for a different service with more agreeable terms or encrypt the stored data yourself.

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