What is the cloud?

The ‘cloud’ is a relatively new concept in technology, which can be a tad difficult to grasp. Put simply, the cloud is a storage system that uses the server, rather than a phone or computer hard drive. This means that data is not stored on a device but on a remote database, making it accessible from different devices through the internet.

An example of cloud storage (that’s free) is Dropbox, which allows you to upload files to a folder that can then be opened on any computer with internet access. An advantage of cloud storage, in particular a service such as Dropbox, is that files can be easily shared with those who you allow access to. Another advantage of remote storage is the convenience of accessing files from any location.

But perhaps the biggest benefit is that photos, documents and other files won’t be lost if your phone is, or if your computer stops working. Other examples of free cloud storage include Google Drive, OneDrive and Apple’s iCloud.

The biggest question that most people have, with regards to cloud storage, is whether or not it’s safe. The level of security depends on which system you’re using, as different companies (i.e. Google or Apple, etc.) will have different ways of protecting the privacy of your files. Essentially, as long as your password is unique and secure (as is the case for all things tech-related), then cloud storage is extremely safe. So don’t be afraid to embrace it as a digital storage option.

Do you use the cloud or do you prefer to store your files on a hard drive?

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Written by YourLifeChoices Writers

YourLifeChoices' team of writers specialise in content that helps Australian over-50s make better decisions about wealth, health, travel and life. It's all in the name. For 22 years, we've been helping older Australians live their best lives.

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