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If you’ve been around computers at any point during the last few years then you have probably heard about ‘the Cloud’. This refers to a network of servers which each have a different, specific function. The first thing to understand about the Cloud is that it’s not physical – hence the name!
Chances are, you encounter the Cloud daily without even realising it. If you’ve ever used an online service such as Google Drive, iCloud, or VPN service, then you’re probably thinking ‘Ahhh! I know what that is!’
Moving your file and document storage online has become more and more popular as the available services have begun to take off. If you’re wondering why it’s worth moving all your physical files from your hard drive and into Cloud storage, there are many good reasons. Let’s look at some of the main ones!
Reason #1. Easier Access:
If you’ve ever left your laptop behind at home and then realised that you can’t access an important file you needed because it’s saved on there, you’ll love moving to the Cloud.
When you store your files and documents in Google Drive, for example, you can access them from any device with an internet connection simply by logging into your Google account. The same is true for other popular internet storage services; for example, iCloud, DropBox or OneDrive. Whichever you use, the idea is the same – all you need to do to access your stuff is enter your username and password.
Reason #2. Improved Security:
Secondly, another hugely popular reason for shifting all your files into Cloud storage is that it improves their security. For example, if you have important work documents stored on your business laptop that could do some serious damage in the wrong hands, there’s always the risk that your computer is going to be lost, damaged or stolen and those documents could end up with anyone.
Even worse, if you don’t have your files backed up, you may never see them again unless you find a good data recovery service.
Reason #3. Peace of Mind:
Today, we store all sorts of important things on our gadgets and many of them are highly personal and precious to us. For example, if you have hundreds of photos of your children growing up stored on your iPhone, you’re going to be broken-hearted if it is lost, damaged or stolen taking all your wonderful family snaps along with it.
So, it makes sense to upload those photos, along with any other important documents and files that you might have, into a storage area where you can be sure they’ll remain safe regardless of what happens to your device. Our gadgets aren’t infallible; you never know if it will suddenly break or worse; what happens if you were to accidentally drop your smartphone in the bath? On the other hand, since the internet isn’t physical, documents stored on the web are mostly safe forever.
Don’t forget; the Cloud also makes it easier to share your files with others. Using Google Drive, for example, you can create a spreadsheet, slideshow or document and instantly send it to anyone you like, who can then view and edit it straight away. If you’re working on a project, this allows multiple people to work on the same thing at once!