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. 

Jargon Busting No. 15 – Backup

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To back up your computer, tablet computer, digital device or smart phone is to copy some of or all of the files to either an external hard drive or the ‘cloud’. (More on the cloud tomorrow).  It means you have another copy of your files stored somewhere else. 

It is important to back up your computer and devices so that if something goes wrong with your device you can retrieve your files. 

Words fails me as to how important backing up is. We have all lost important documents or photos but if you back up your computer or device, there is some hope that the document or the photos won’t be lost forever. 

If you don’t know how to back up your device I suggest you do some searching online or better still see if you know someone who can show you how to do it, so that you can regularly back up your own files and make sure that are nice and safe.