Ask Unclutterer: Is Google Docs safe for backing up confidential information? | Unclutterer. This article examines the risk of using cloud storage like Google Drive. The points made could just as easily be made about Dropbox, or Microsoft's LiveDrive, or any other service that allows document and file storage in the cloud. I have no problem with legal specific solutions like MyCase, RocketMatter, or Clio. They are designed to keep lawyer data safe. But, large data storage companies like Google are a target for hackers. I keep my confidential client data locally. I don't even send client files to a third party for conversion. I do send confidential clients to clients as email attachments; but, only after a disclosure of the risk in each email, and because it is a necessary evil these days. I also use two factor authentication for every site that stores my data. Sure, risk is unavoidable in a cloud focused world. However, if you can mitigate or eliminate it in specific circumstances, do it. For now, I am happy to keep confidential files on the machine in my hands. Since efiling pleadings is now mandatory in Florida, I don't think the Bar will have a problem if the hackers get at those documents. Since most of them are public record anyway, we are required to tell the Clerk if we are efiling confidential information. Then, the Clerk takes steps to keep it that way. I am not saying I might not change my mind and start uploading my documents to Google Drive tomorrow. Just not today.