Jargon Busting No. 16 – The Cloud

Clouds

As promised yesterday, today’s post is about ‘The Cloud’. The cloud is where you can store all kinds of files, photos documents, videos anything.

Instead of storing your files on your computer, iPad, laptop or even your iPod you store them on a giant computers called servers. This means that you can access your files on a device with an internet connection, as your files could be stored on a server anywhere in the world.

The cloud makes share files a piece of cake, services like Dropbox allow you to easy share a file so that anyone you give permission can access and download the file. It can be a lot more convenient and safer than using a usb memory stick.

The servers where your files are stored can be owned by companies such as Google, Microsoft, Dropbox. Many cloud storage providers give some storage space for free and then for a fee you can access more storage. Being able to easily access more storage easily means that you don’t need to worry about the amount of space/memory on your own computer. 

 There are now more and more things you can do in the cloud, not only store files. With serves such as Google Docs, you can create documents, presentations or spreadsheets using programs that are in the cloud not on your computer.

To make sure that all your files are secure you must ensure you have a strong password…which will be tomorrow’s post. 

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