Get Your Head in the Clouds – Using Cloud Storage
Cloud storage is becoming a big part of our everyday lives, whether we use it for business or for storage of personal files. The advantage of having access to files from any device at any time is a big, for example: using Dropbox across multiple platforms is as easy as installing the program and signing up for an account, which offers a limited amount of free storage. There are many services popping up all over the web that want to be your cloud storage provider. Besides Apple's iCloud, the biggest providers are Microsoft's OneDrive (a recent name change from SkyDrive), Google Drive, Box and Dropbox. Each one has its pros and cons, take a look at the chart below to get a better idea of what each service has to offer.
OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box are some of the biggest cloud storage free-services.
As you can see, there is plenty of free space available for storing your files on the cloud, but this doesn't mean you should rely on cloud storage as your only means of backup. There are two main concerns when storing your data on the cloud – the vulnerability of your files, and the reliability of the company that is storing them. Although most companies, especially the big ones, use multiple methods of securing your files so that hackers can't access them easily, they are still out of reach and vulnerable. If you run a business, this means a disgruntled employee with access to the company files can do some serious damage if you only use cloud storage as your backup. The second fact is that although cloud storage usually has an aura of some heavenly realm where data roams through infinite plains of gigabytes and terabytes, the truth is that your data is simply stored far away, on racks of physical servers in a warehouse. This means that its still vulnerable to physical damage – fires, floods, earthquakes, or even human error. So remember, always have a personal back-up drive, even if you have cloud storage.