Tech companies love using buzzwords such as Big Data, 5G, and the internet of things. Unfortunately for most customers, these terms are confusing and often don’t make it clear what they actually mean. The “cloud” is one of those terms, and no, I don’t mean the fluffy white stuff in the sky.
When tech companies say your data is in the cloud, they don’t mean in the sky. The cloud refers to the software and services that run on the internet, instead of on your computer. Most cloud services can be accessed through a Web browser. Some companies offer dedicated mobile apps. Some examples include Netflix, Yahoo, Google Drive, Apple Cloud, Dropbox, etc.
The best thing about the cloud is that you can access the information on any device as long as you have an internet connection. You know how you can make edits in Google Docs anywhere on any device? The cloud
Another benefit of the cloud is that because the remote servers handle much of the computing and storage, you don’t necessarily need an expensive, high- end machine to get your work done. In fact, some companies are making a cloud-based computer as a low- cost option for consumers.
The cloud isn’t perfect though. Without an internet connection or with a poor connection, you’re basically locked out of your data and cloud-based programs.
With all your information online, there is also a risk of your information getting into the wrong hands. Even though all cloud companies have security measures in place to protect your data from hackers, they aren’t foolproof. It is always a good idea to be careful what you have stored in the cloud.
Overall, cloud solutions don’t appear to be going away. In fact, quite the opposite. Looks like the future is looking pretty cloudy.
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