Today’s buzzword is “cloud”.
“Cloud” denotes elasticity, flexibility, easily scalable (is this a buzzword too?) infrastructure or whatever thing to it. In user parlance, usually remote file storage.
“Put that file on the cloud so I can sync that later.”
I’m very averse to this word. If this is the definition of the cloud, it’s pretty much describing the internet. People are forgetting that. Private data in Dropbox accounts, hack attacks, and the impression of privacy of remotely stored files. Usually, what stops these providers from actually looking at the data are legal terms and laws, privacy policies, acceptable use policies, and reputation. Granted, it may be good enough, but you can’t trust everyone.
Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror sums up my sentiments nicely with this picture:
This post was inspired by an entry in Coding Horror: http://blog.codinghorror.com/your-password-is-too-damn-short
2016-01-10 edit: fix attribution