You may have heard people using terms like the cloud, cloud computing, or cloud storage. But what exactly is the cloud. It is pretty much a hard drive that you can access anywhere you go without having to bring your personal computer. When something is in the “cloud”, that means it is stored on servers on the internet, instead of on your computer. It lets you access your documents, music, videos and more from any computer that has an internet connection. There are big warehouses filled with servers where all of your data is stored.
There are many reasons to use the cloud, but a couple of the main reasons are convenience and reliability. At this moment, most people especially students like you carry a flash drive around with data that is important to you. But how many times have you has to replace a flash drive because it was lost or suddenly stopped working. I know I have been through at least 5-10 different flash drives because of those reasons. So no more forgetting your flash drive plugged into public computers or in your pocket where you will find in the washer later. Saving a file to the cloud makes sure that you’ll be able access it with any computer that has an internet connection. Also, when you want to share a file with a friend or for a group, it is easy to give them access to the files you want them to see.
With the cloud, you’re much less likely to lose your data, since it is stored on servers. If you have a bad track record where your laptop/desktop usually dies and you lose all your data, the cloud may be for you. Another thought is how secure is it? As long as you set up a good password, you should be fine. Is there really a big difference to losing your flash drive versus getting your account hacked into? I’m sure there a lot of advantages and disadvantages to both but in the end they are pretty much up to par.
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Here is a video to explain the cloud more in case you still do not understand.
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