Almost everyone of us uses the cloud. If you’re using any service that lets you access your files no matter which device you’re using (tablet, phone, desktop pc, or laptop), then you’re using a cloud service.
Merriam-Webster defines “cloud computing” as “the practice of storing regularly used computer data on multiple servers that can be accessed through the Internet”. I guess we can say that the cloud is basically the internet — but that definition may be too simplistic especially in the eyes of highly technical people. Email, webmail and online storage services are all in the cloud.
There are many benefits to cloud computing.
One of the obvious pros is that it lets us access our files even when we’re not using our own computer. This is really important when your computer just suddenly crashes. Everyone who has experienced the dreaded “blue screen of death” on their computers very well know the importance of having your files stored in the cloud. If you are looking for Professional IT that can provide you with cloud security there are plenty of business that specialise in doing so.
When I switched from an Android phone to the iPhone about 3 months ago, I was looking for an easy way to transfer my contacts to my new phone. Though I did not find a one-click solution, I simply imported the Contacts on my Android to my Macbook Address Book via USB. I made sure that the iCloud was enabled on both my MacBook and iPhone. And voila, my iPhone’s Contacts instantly reflected the names on my Macbook’s Address Book. It was so easy. And it was all because of the cloud.
But several techy people have expressed some concerns on cloud computing too.
I found a nice infographic that shows some of the concerns of having all of your important files on the cloud.
Personally, I think it’s important for us to balance things when it comes to the cloud. We just need to recognize and maximize the benefits of using it to store our important files. But we also need to consider the possibility of the concerns raised in the infographic above — especially the one about security.
So just in case the cloud crashes, make sure you got your important files backed up on some hard drive too!