My recent thread, 'The Frustrations of iPad' focused on the ability to sync MS Outlook Calendar, Contacts and Tasks directly with PC (and vice-versa, obviously) without having personal sensitive (as in financial) information sitting in (or migrating through) a remote on-line facility. Having found a program which will do this (DejaOffice) I am nevertheless disappointed at the inability to use Pocket Informant with the DejaOffice imported MS Outlook items. However, once again, with PI here is a program which does sync via on-line facility (google calendar) and others use iCloud and such programs, so my curiousity is raised because this is obviously a type of facility which is greatly used. However, just how secure are these types of facility to ever more sophisticated hacking? Sony (I think it was) got taken out big time not long ago because their system was successfully hacked, and quite a few million personal details etc. were compromised, if I remember correctly. If it wasn't actually Sony it was another big international corporate set-up. So at the moment I am left with a sufficient seed of doubt about the real security of this type of operation. Convenient it might be. But is it really sound?