Google May Not Be Doing Enough to Protect Cloud-Computing Users

Privately held Spikes has an interesting idea that could be bad news for Google's browser and cloud computing apps, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

What if there's no such thing such as a safe browser? Spikes founder Brandon Spikes said as much in a recent interview with blogger Robert Scoble. He wants to change the dynamic with what's called "AirGap" technology that puts a browser on a machine outside the network. Users would have to log in and control the browser remotely.

Tim says it's a fascinating idea that comes at an interesting time, when some are questioning just how secure Chrome might be. Spikes, for his part, isn't picking targets. He sees every browser as a potential carrier of malware. So does Palo Alto Networks, which has made a good business out of building a firewall specifically for defeating browser-delivered threats.

But if Spikes is right, no business stands to lose more than Google. Everything it does it based on the idea that the Internet can be made safe and that the browser can emulate many of the software-hosting functions of a computer operating system.

Do you agree? What precautions do you take in your cloud computing environment? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take and then leave a comment to let us know where you stand.

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