We’ve all heard people talking about The Cloud. Every advert for new devices tells us about each company's personal version of The Cloud, but what do we actually know about it? And is it safe to use?

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So what exactly is the cloud?

We’ve all heard people talking about The Cloud. Every advert for new devices tells us about each company’s personal version of The Cloud, but what do we actually know about it? And is it safe to use?

The Cloud refers to the online storage facilities of each app. Google has one, Microsoft has one, and most email servers are limited. You can access Google Drive and various applications when you make it yourself. 

Now, Google Drive is your office, so your files are kept digitally online instead of personal paper files all over your desk. There is infinite storage, and you can keep everything organised, from videos, MP3s, documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more. 

Why did we move to keep things online?

 It’s simple for convenience, practicality, collaboration and reliability. The Cloud is always there, so you don’t need to worry about if your device crashes and you lose all your saved work. Your files will no longer be stored on your phone’s memory, so all YOU require is an internet connection and everything you need.

It’s practical! The Cloud automatically saves your work, so if your computer crashes in the middle of working, all your work will still be there. Everything is then kept in one place, so you will never lose your job again.

Collaboration is a powerful tool, especially since the recent pandemic has made most of the population work or learn from home. With Cloud storage, you can share your files with any other Cloud user, and they can view, edit or comment on your work. That makes group projects so much easier, and faster!  

And reliability, which is one of the most important things when it comes to storage. Your work will stay on there until deleted; if deleted, you can still find them in your bin folder for a certain amount of time before they’re wiped off. 

The Cloud does not need to be installed. 

This online storage system backs up your work so you will not lose your work disasters! You don’t have to pay for it unless you use extra storage. All you need to get onto this application is the internet, which is a disadvantage if your internet isn’t working correctly or cuts out. 

Putting your stuff online in The Cloud doesn’t mean you are publishing your work or files for everyone else in the world to see. You can only access your work. It’s like your email account. Log in with your email and password, and you can access everything. 

There is a disadvantage, however, to using this system. If you are using one of these online storage facilities and want to switch to a different one, there isn’t an easy way to divert all your files. You’d have to download them all to your device and then re-upload them to the new storage. 

All in all, using The Cloud can be incredibly useful when you work and collaborate with others, which means you are using less paper, thus, fewer trees are being cut down. You can view and edit your work from any location as long as you have internet access. If you’ve not yet made the switch to working online via The Cloud, you may want to have a look to see how it could revolutionise your office space

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