Are you unsure about exactly what Cloud Computing is? You may have heard the term somewhere else before – in an advert or on a software update or packaging, but it was never explained to you. Sometimes it is easy for tech companies to assume we all know what something is without ever telling us. However, by knowing a little more on cloud storage, you could revolutionise how you save and use your documents, movies, videos, and photos.

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So, what is Cloud Storage?

The 20th-century idea of storage was for data to be saved solely on the device in hand be it a desktop computer or a mobile phone. More recently, the limitations of storing information on devices have been realised, they often lose performance when too much data is stored on their hard drives or memory chips.

The solution has not involved actual clouds or anything in the sky, but the idea of your information being stored in a dedicated storage device somewhere else, but instantly retrievable from whichever device you sign into. This means effortlessly working on the same documents or using the same photos without transferring data via discs or USB devices or emails.

Cloud computing now stores all information, no matter which device you upload it from or access it from, on a supercomputer with near limitless storage capability – the cloud. It is now easier to use different file types and sizes, move documents including text files, photos and videos between devices and sync all of your information to mobile devices and smartphones no matter your location.

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Is Cloud Computing Safe?

Reputable cloud computing companies offer users basic in-built encryption services which make it impossible for hackers to decipher what your content says. Secondly, they should offer two-step authentication which makes it harder for hackers to break your password. Of course, there are measures you can take to protect yourself including strong passwords – never save them on a file, but write the password down on a piece of paper and keep it safe. Lastly, it is worth noting that storing your data on a remote server is safe for another reason, you can recover and restore any lost data from the cloud.

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