Re: Jaws and the Cloud, was Jfw Digest, Vol 54, Issue 7
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Over the last several years, we have seen a lot of news about some
exceedingly security-conscious organizations, e.g. US Government, being
hacked into. So, I do not believe that anything is "perfectly" safe; but, I
do believe that I am better off when I keep personal information very close
to home. In my view, no "cloud" is hacker-proof.
This feature may be seen by many as a good idea; but, I strongly believe
that users should be given the choice of where their JAWS settings are
saved! This kind of stuff is just too important to put out into an ethernet
cloud - public, or private! If I do not have an internet signal, what will
happen? Will I just have to wait until my signal returns before I can use
JAWS again. And, what happens if JAWS access is needed in an emergency?
In short, there MUST be a "fail-safe" way to access JAWS settings when
To be honest, finding a way to keep the Merge Utility would seem to be a
more "current" problem to resolve, rather than "where" JAWS settings are
stored. It still confounds me that it would be left out in JAWS 17; but, I
am only a "user".
For years, I have considered JAWS to be about the best screen reader,
despite its various problems. However, my perception of how Version 17 has
been planned, and especially regarding how much it appears that this version
was just not very-well thought out, is causing second thoughts on my part.
Perhaps, I'm a dinosaur; but, I bet that other JAWS users have the same
concern that I have expressed. Frankly, I want to KEEP my privacy as long
as I can, and I also would prefer that control of my "necessary" aids be
left in MY hands.
It is my hope that FS will keep these concerns in mind when going forward.
For instance, are there any plans to "re-introduce" the Merge Utility in an
upcoming "update" to Version 17? And, despite your confidence in "cloud
storage" of JAWS settings, might there be some thought to giving users that
"fail-safe" of which I wrote?
That's all for now. Thanks for listening.
From: Peter Donahue [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, November 7, 2015 5:51 PM
To: The Jaws for Windows support list. <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Jaws and the Cloud, was Re: Jfw Digest, Vol 54, Issue 7
There are public and private clouds. FS would obviously use a
private cloud to address privacy concerns. We use a number of cloud
applications and have not had issues with our privacy being compromized
or our devices being hacked. Being able to have JAWS reload user
settings and configurations from the cloud would be a welcome feature in
a future version.
Jim Hamilton via Jfw wrote:
Sorry folks! My overriding concern is "privacy", of which there is NONEin
the cloud! And, it's yet more information available "out there" foranyone,
with the skills, to find about me, or anyone else!the
cloud excites me a lot. If FS created a service for us to do this, Wewould
never lose our settings and our own scripts ever again. I agree. Bring it