Say no to boxed software? Easy online delivery & access? Surely I can’t be the only person who’s concerned about this free-for-all fling into Web 2.0 depravity?
Say No to boxed software! The future of applications is online delivery and access. Software is passé. Webware is the new way to get things done.
Lots of chatter around the net about how Microsoft and software creators are in “Oh So Much Trouble” because of all the free online apps people can use instead of buying software. And I just don’t get it. W-T-H are people thinking?
We’ve been clients of a “professional” financial planner for about 12 years and around a year or so ago he sent us some info (and attached docs) from his gmail account. I jumped on the phone and asked him if I gave him permission to store our correspondence and files online and firmly in the hands of Google. I was pizzed beyond belief that he so cavalierly disregarded our privacy and did something so *ASININE* as to upload our financial documents online into a third party’s hands. I don’t want Google’s hands on it. He never thought about it. He chose for both of us. Now what.
Say no to boxed software? Here are some harbingers of things to come with all this ‘webware’ stuff:
AOL Employee Arrested For Selling Email List
AOL Releases Search Logs of 657,427 Users
Which Web 2.0 company is going to inadvertantly release all their spreadsheets into the wild? Or employee sell off all the word processing files?
Upload shopping lists? Sure I can go for that. Draw stick figures and share them online? Why not–weeehooo fun stuff. But do people *really* want their financial records, medical records, financial spreadsheets, investment & account tracking, insurance policy records, business transactions and correspondence, estate planning & wills, living wills, employee reviews, payroll data, tax files, yada yada yada, floating around online on third party servers located who knows where and accessed by who knows who?
Whether you’re a business or not, if you want working access to any files–you’ll need apps to open them. Are you really going to ditch boxed software, upload the files and float them online yourself and have them stored who knows where for *years*?
Not likely–not if you’re concerned of personal privacy & security issues.
When a company or “mighty entrepreneur” gets their butt handed to them on a platter with one lawsuit after another because their clients or employee info is compromised in some shape or form because of using these online apps–and it will happen–they’ll deserve every bit of grief they get. Once their clients info “get’s compromised”, there’s no reeling it back in. It’s out for good. And shame on them for treating their clients privacy so shabbily.
My husband and I have a few private financial files sitting in Google’s bowels for potentially years because some “professional” wasn’t thinking.
If you’re involved with business and plan on using these online apps (including any of the free email accounts)–you better make sure your clients or business partners have full knowledge and sign off on the fact that you freely give a third party full and unmetered access to all data, documents and attachments. That the third party may store copies for years and years in their backups. As well as the fact that their current and future employees will have access to it all. And that anything stored on the internet has the potential to be compromised in a multitude of ways. And a sidenote too that if their servers aren’t physically run & located inhouse–add the hosting company and their employees to the mix as well.
I think the folks from CNET that are running Webware.com are downright irresponsible for encouraging everyone to ditch boxed software and use online apps. For doodles, fluffery and sharing recipes and jokes? Sure, fun option/alternative. Anything else is just setting people up for trouble, worry and heartache.
Put the Online App Kool-Aid Down. It-Aint-Worth-It.