We’ve all heard of the “Cloud”. The most famous one that comes to mind would most likely be Apple’s iCloud which is known for storing your personal information that includes things like documents, photos, and music. However, the Cloud is also a broad term that is used when dealing with the idea of several systems that all have access to your information. It involves storing your information on servers that can be accessed anytime and anywhere. This means that you could be sitting on a beach in California and still have access to the documents you uploaded while you were in Toronto.
To further break it down here is a helpful chart, it easily explains how exactly the “Cloud” works:
Basically, all the information that is stored on your laptop, phone, and television, for example, is being transmitted into the cloud that will store the information until you’re ready to access it again. Depending on how you want to describe it, the “Cloud” can also be a way to look at the Internet. All the information and data that you store and access online is floating around somewhere in cyberspace. You access this information when you access the Internet and go on websites such as Facebook or Twitter. Your information is then pulled up and given to you when the back end (the part where the information you need is processed) packages your data and prepares content especially for you. So when you log into Facebook, wanting to access all your pictures from your vacation to Italy two years ago, Facebook pulls up your photos and displays them for you on your monitor, otherwise known as the interface.
Services that use cloud computing include Gmail, Google Drive, and Dropbox. I’m sure we’re all familiar with these services and have used them before to store information. Other services also include Apple’s iCloud, SugarSync and Box with the last two being relatively unknown.
It takes a bit of time to play around with certain programs and see which one fits your needs best. I would recommend trying them all out to see which ones offer you the most in terms of convenience and storage. Remember, cloud computing offers you a lot of flexibility and freedom in terms of how you want to store your personal information so make sure you choose one that you trust. As always I don’t recommend uploading anything extremely personal because although it is rare there have been instances where hackers have taken over. So just be careful and have fun experimenting with all the different services out there!
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