First, it was about "indexing" all of the web. Then, it bought a small chunk of that web (Blogger). Then Google said "hey, there's more than the web out there!" and Google Mail was pushed out. Quickly followed by Google Talk.
There was some murmuring recently about something initially called "Ajax Office", wherein you could do all your word processing and spreadsheet work in a web browser and the files would be stored on a remote server. Google was mentioned as "a good place to do it".
I'm not sure what the deal is here but check this out... Google Wifi. Here's the salient part of this:
Why would I want to download and install Google Secure Access?
Google Secure Access allows you to establish a more secure connection while using Google WiFi. By using Google Secure Access, your internet traffic will be encrypted, preventing others from viewing the information you transmit.
Does Google Secure Access connect to a VPN server?
Yes, Google Secure Access connects to Google's VPN ("Virtual Private Network") server provided for this service.
As with everything Google does, yes this is a very good and very much needed service. But what this means is that everything you do on the network goes through Google's servers.
What sort of information does Google have access to?
Oh please. Policy? A few words to soothe my worries? "Policy" is as weak as the paper it is written on, not to mention the laws of the country they are used in. (For example, it is the policy of Yahoo! China to share the contents of their database with chinese police.)
Encryption? You're joking me right? We're talking about the single largest networked computer in the world. Not to mention they are the ones encrypting the tunnel for you. You don' think they can decrypt it?
Is there a fee for using Google Secure Access?
No, Google Secure Access is free.
Of course. You are supplying them with their main invaluable natural resource: content. For free. Who's getting the real bargain here?
Nothing is free, and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. ;)
Trust is something that must be fluid and reflexive. Faith is very very dangerous.