The Cloud is something people hear all the time, but aren’t always sure what it is. Obviously, we are not talking about big puffy white clouds in the sky, we are talking about The Cloud.
The cloud refers to software and services that run on the Internet, instead of locally on your computer. Most cloud services can be accessed through a Web browser like Firefox or Google Chrome, and some companies offer dedicated mobile apps.
Some examples of cloud services include Google Drive, Apple iCloud, Netflix, Yahoo Mail, Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive. (There are also many, many business applications for cloud computing, but for the purpose of this post, I’ll deal with consumer solutions.)
Let’s take a look at the cloud. What are the options available to safely store documents? Here’s what tech experts say are the best practices.
Is The Cloud Safe?
Safety is a big concern for people wanting to save and back up their documents on The Cloud. Safe documents mean that they must be secure from being accessed and safe from being opened. Before The Cloud, access was a physical thing. We stored our files on our computer’s removable discs and hard drives. To gain access, you had to go physically to the device. The internet changes all that. Now we can access our files remotely. This is a gift but also a curse, as it can result in everything that you hold dear to you, floating out there for any hacker to steal. However, encryption in The Cloud protects your documents from being opened by anyone who does not have the password.
Encryption is “the ability to store and transmit information in a form that is unreadable to anyone other than intended persons.” Encryption has been around for thousands of years. The first form of cryptography was in Egypt, dated 1900 BCE.
The level of encryption today is top of the line in The Cloud and through Cloud-like services such as Dropbox and Google Drive. Since we live in a mobile world, technology is moving from storing data on portable hard drives, CDs, DVDs and flash drives to The Cloud. Sooner or later, you will not be able to backup your documents on much of anything else, so migration to The Cloud is more of when you will do it, as a matter of if you will do it.
Physical Backups Can Be Physically Destroyed
CDs and DVDs that we stored our data on were supposed to last for a lifetime, or in their terms, “100 years”. The problem is most of us don’t store our discs under ideal conditions. People are now discovering the data they stored on CDs and DVDs can no longer be retrieved. We were storing with this idea of a lifetime of memories, but we didn’t think about how moisture or other hazards can destroy our original copies of data. On The Cloud, we never, ever, have to worry about the document dissolving because of a storm or other situations out of our control.
To replace CDs and DVDs, many people resorted to the USB drive. The problem is, the lifespan of a flash drive is 15-20 years, but if you use the thumb drive over and over again, it will wear out faster.defeats the purpose of backing up data, since you likely want to revisit the data often. This makes it an even more obvious reason why The Cloud is the optimal storage location for your cherished memories.
Migrating to The Cloud
Convinced The Cloud is the right option for you? You’re in luck. There are a plethora of options to start migrating to The Cloud such as: Dropbox, Apple iCloud, Google Drive, OneDrive from Microsoft, Box and many more.
Most of these applications have a free option with limited space. Cloud services offer an upgrade to a monthly or annual subscription fee for additional storage. The more space you need, the higher the cost, but the prices are typically reasonable. As with everything, there is a con, that instead of paying a one-time fee of a USB drive or a CD, you’ll be paying for storage forever.
Is there a difference? Is one cloud storage “brand” safer than the other?
Our expert analysts say that any cloud service can be hacked – and unfortunately almost all of them have. The other side of the coin is that anyone can steal a CD or USB drive. The options all have risks of being stolen.
All of the primary online storage services pretty much use the same bank-grade security to protect the transmission of data. Despite how safe The Cloud is, you still have to protect your documents. You will have to password protect your most important documents with very secure, safe passwords to keep those files secure.
We at Rush Tech Support suggest that you consider migrating to The Cloud, but you should remain proactive in protecting your files with secure passwords. Curious to learn more about The Cloud? Call us at Rush Tech Support today 844-881-7874 or +18448817874.