Cloud Storage? Yes, but which one?
Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ve heard that advertising catch phrase â€œTo the cloudâ€, but do you know exactly what cloud storage means and how it can be a benefit to you?
Cloud storage is a descriptive way of saying that your documents and files stored on your computer are uploaded to backup companyâ€™s hard disk. Essentially, the company you choose stores the files on their hard disk at another location anywhere in the world.
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These files are accessible only by you and are encrypted (even if they somehow were accessed they would not be readable) and kept safe by the hosting company as part of your agreement with them.
I personally pay for backup storage with a well-known company. We have two computers to back up, so we have a plan for each. The cost is minimal considering the benefit of peace of mind knowing I can always get to my files. How does it work? The company you choose will have a program you can download that links to their service site.
You can choose options such as the time of day you want your files backed up, the locations of those files on your computer, and will have some sort of indicator to show when all the files have been saved. Itâ€™s a one-time setup for the program and the rest is automatic.
For us, we leave our computers on and our cloud backup occurs in the middle of the night when we are less likely to be using our computers. That doesnâ€™t mean you canâ€™t use your computer when the cloud backup is taking place. Itâ€™s just easier (in my opinion) to do it at that time in case there is any kind of slow down while backing up.
Top Ten Cloud Storage
If youâ€™re looking for more information to use so that you feel youâ€™re choosing the best cloud storage I suggest Top Ten Cloud Storage as a great place to start. They will answer frequently asked questions (FAQâ€™s), you can determine the plan that best fits your needs. Personally, I love a site thatâ€™s already done all the research for me and put all the answers on one site.
Top Ten Cloud Storage goes an extra mile by displaying testimonials by actual users of cloud storage hosts. Â They also have a blog, a forum and a presence on Twitter and Facebook.