23 Oct The Convenience of Cloud Storage
“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” -Benjamin
If Mr. Franklin was alive today he would add a third item to that list. Death is certain,
taxes are certain, and you will certainly lose something valuable if you don’t backup
Yes, there are flash drives and external hard drives but, like your computer, they can
also be lost, stolen, and / or destroyed. Whether your hard drive is full of personal files
like wedding pictures, home videos, your child’s latest homework assignment and that
novel you’re one long weekend away from completing, or business documents like
budgets, contracts and blueprints, you need to be certain that one computer virus or
one careless accident won’t mean those irreplaceable files are gone for good!
Not only is cloud storage the extra parachute in your pack, it’s also extremely
convenient. You can access cloud storage tools like Google Drive, iCloud and Dropbox
from your smartphone and tablet as well as your laptop. Some services are automated
and backup your files, for instance, every 24 hours. Many allow collaboration. You can
give other people permission to not only view but update the files.
And, convenience at its best, basic services are free! Google Drive and Microsoft’s
OneDrive give you 15 GB free. With iCloud and the Amazon Cloud Drive you get 5 GB.
Dropbox subscriptions start with 2 gigs.
Losing gigabytes of files to malware can be as traumatic as losing photo albums in a
house fire! You can’t avoid death or taxes, but with cloud storage you can be certain
that your computer files are safe.