Thursday, 30 March 2017

The cloud is actually a tangible thing. It is an off-site storage area for your data. You can connect to the storage securely over the Internet and then access it anytime through the Internet. There are many companies that offer cloud storageApple’s iCloud, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Flickr, Evernote, Dropbox, etc. If you can create your own server, you could create your own “cloud.”


The main benefit to utilizing the cloud for information storage is that your data is not “stuck” on one device, but is accessible from anywhere with an Internet connection. Gone are the days of those frustrating moments, “My resume is on my desktop computer and I’m out of town!”

Before the cloud, most people used FTP to share large files and data across the Internet. Now, it’s as easy as sharing a single link.

It’s possible that you have been using the cloud without realizing it. With that, you are accessing files someone else has put on a server. Some people use companies to sync or backup entire computer or phone systems.  The downside to cloud storage is that it cannot be 100 percent secure. Data can be hacked and servers can crash – people have had data lost or stolen. If you’re going to use cloud storage, files should be backed up somewhere else.


Several companies offer online services or software to encrypt your files, such as Pretty Good Privacy, BoxCrypter, CloudFogger. There are also cloud companies that offer encryption as part of its services. Encrypted files need a specific decryption tool with your password to view the files.

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