Technology seems to be like species of frogs in the Amazon these days; there’s new stuff being discovered everyday. Are you looking into backing up some files from your computer and freeing up some space? The rule of thumb is to have two sources of backup — an external hard drive and cloud storage. External hard drives have been around for quite a while now, but cloud storage is quickly taking over as the preferred method of backup and storing data. What is cloud storage? According to Wikipedia, Cloud, or online, storage is a model of networked online storage where data is stored not only in the user’s computer, but also in virtualized pools of storage which are generally hosted by third parties.
Need a nudge as to why cloud storage is great? Here are ten reasons to give it a shot.
1. Accessibility – Most people are juggling projects between devices these days from smart phones to laptops to tablets. Figuring out files between these devices can be a hassle, but with cloud storage, you can access your account from any internet connection, be it from a phone or work computer.
2. Price – Backing up data is not always cheap, especially when you think about how many hard drives and other equipment you may need. Cloud storage provides plenty of storage for low monthly or annual payments.
3. Non-clutter – Because of its lack of physical presence, online storage doesn’t take up valuable space at home or in the office.
4. Security – Although not having a physical item in front of you may not seem secure, cloud storage is actually more protected than storing data locally. With online storage, data is encrypted both during transmission and at rest, ensuring that no unauthorized users have access to the files.
5. Automation – The biggest mistake that people make with backing up is actually never backing their data up. Cloud storage is simple with automation. You select what and when you want to back up, and it does the work for you.
6. Sharing – Instead of sending photos or files one by one to friends/coworkers, cloud storage allows you to share easily with just a few clicks.
7. Syncing – Syncing allows your files to be automatically updated across all of your devices, thus the latest version of a file saved on your desktop is available on your tablet.
8. Group Projects – Online storage is perfect for collaborating on a group project. It allows for multiple people to edit and discuss a file or document. No need to track who has the latest version or what changes has been made.
9. Protection – Online storage serves a purpose as an added push for data protection with irreplaceable files. Backups are securely stored in a location that is physically removed from the original.
10. Recovery – Ever have a computer crash with no access to the hard drive? No need for that situation anymore, because you will have backups of all of your original files with easy access.
Youa is a blogger from Minneapolis who enjoys reading about all things tech-related. She’s a fan of local businesses, like RJS Software, who always have something fun to say on their tech blog.