Right, and like I said earlier, I have no delusions that anything I do would keep out someone with the resources, knowledge and influence of an organization such as the NSA. My concern is that because these backdoors were created for one organization, they could easily be created for another entity, and just as Google, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo et al failed to inform the public when they bent over for the NSA, they are unlikely to do so if similarly pressured in the future. Also, the mere fact that these backdoors exist means that their systems are inherently less secure, leaving them vulnerable to future paths of attack by private hackers as well.
Thus it is better to avoid cloud storage of sensitive data (such as passwords) whenever possible.
That said, I am something of a hypocrite because I do have a Dropbox account that I’m unwilling to give up, even though I know they are a part of PRISM. I just don’t store anything in there that I don’t expect everyone in the world would be able to see—same way I view most online services nowadays, unfortunately. There were only two I felt good about and Lavabit’s dead now.
Yes, I am fully aware how uninteresting I am, thanks for pointing it out, Cambo.
The thing is, I don’t want to live in a society where privacy isn’t a given, where it has to be “justified,” where “as long as you have nothing to hide” is the prevailing norm. And not so much for my own sake, but because it makes it nigh impossible for the really interesting people (like whistleblowers and the Guardian staff) to do their jobs, and that should be important to all of us.