The more technology advances, the more confusing it seems to get. New terms and concepts make it almost impossible to keep up with the latest tech and how it works. One term often tossed around is the Cloud. What is the cloud, and how does it even work? Is it a software you download, or some magical made-up place with unlimited storage space? Is it a virus? Luckily, it’s far less complicated than it sounds, and we have a few answers for anyone hoping to keep up with the times.
Problem: What is the Cloud and why is my data being stored there? Is it storage space? A software? How do I download it, and will I lose all of my files if I don’t? What happens if I don’t use it? There are many fears associated with finding a way to keep track of your files when storage space is limited, but have no fear, we have the answers.
Solution: The Cloud is a software run on the internet that hosts all kinds of data. Different tech companies have their own versions such as Apple’s iCloud, Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive. Each is their own Cloud service capable of holding data, photos, and documents. The most notable aspect of a Cloud service is that using it allows you to access data/files stored on the service from all of your devices. For example, if you have downloaded the Google Drive app on your phone and started a document project on your laptop, you can open the Google Document app and pick up right where you left off.
Because the Cloud is run by the internet, there’s no need for a download of any kind, and no hassle of creating a new username and password to be lost in the infinite jumble of other passwords. For example, Apple allows you to use iCloud simply by using your Apple ID already in existence. From then you can access photos, documents and other information from your iPhone, MacBook, desktop or iPad. The downside is that like all other storage spaces, eventually even the Cloud will fill up. Don’t worry, your device won’t randomly delete your documents, photos etc. however, your device will no longer be able to store them in the cloud automatically if you have automatic backups turned on. In this case, many companies give users the option to upgrade to a larger storage plan, or tips on how to create more storage space.
If you have Cloud backup turned on and you lose a file on a device, you will be able to restore it from the Cloud, however, if using a smartphone you must manually select what you want to be stored in the Cloud.
Technology advances so quickly, it can be difficult to learn all of the new tips and tricks, but not to worry, there’s always an answer somewhere. Well, most of the time.