What the cloud can do for you

Our tech expert Drew explains exactly what cloud computing is.

What the cloud can do for you

Cloud computing isn’t a new idea; it just hasn’t been offered to consumers until the last few years. Now both individuals and businesses are seeking ways to not only save on software costs, but also to implement systems which provide easy syncing and back-up of information in a secure environment.

What is cloud computing?
A very loose definition of cloud computing is that it uses hardware and software over the internet, to perform a task or store data. The main service which cloud computing offers the general public is the ability to automatically back-up files online and share them with others.

Why bother?
Only a small number of Australians back-up their files on a regular basis, while the majority are at risk of losing important files. Cloud computing allows multiple users to work in a way which is secure and provides peace-of-mind that any file, photo, or document is backed-up in their online storage account. An additional feature is the ability for the owner to grant additional users access to specific files or folders via email, which allows you to share files with friends of colleagues which are too big to be sent via email.

The recent Hollywood scandal which saw several celebrities private photos stolen from the cloud has some people wondering just how safe it is. Here is some advice which will protect your cloud account from potential security breaches.
The most important aspect of setting up a cloud computing resource is creating a secure password. A password which contains a minimum of eight letters (of which at least two are capitalised) and two numbers will give you a secure password which should be almost impossible to hack. Certain products allow users to set up two-step authentication, where the user receives a code via SMS which is entered as an additional security tool, to help ensure the information is not accessed by an unauthorised user. If you’re worried about your data, then two-step verification is a must for you. You can click here to read our recent article about setting up SMS verification. Unfortunately Apple’s iCloud does not offer this service yet, but it is working on it and we’ll let you know as soon as it’s released. Cloud storage is a great place to back-up data, but it is recommended that a regular offline back-up is also performed on critical files or anything which you would like to be able to access if you find yourself temporarily without internet access.

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    To make a comment, please register or login
    24th Sep 2014
    It should be noted that if you use Google Drive, your Gmail and Google+ data is included in the 15 GB allowance. ie, if you have used 3 GB in Gmail you will have 12 GB left in Google Drive.
    Pass the Ductape
    24th Sep 2014
    "share them with others', you say. Then without you knowing - with others, and others, and others, and others, and others!
    24th Sep 2014

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