If you pay attention to any tech news at all, you’ve probably heard people say that the future is in the cloud. Cloud storage and cloud computing have proved to be more than just a fad.
The cloud is here to stay, and now’s a great time for even the casual Internet user to make the switch. There are many benefits to making the switch to cloud computing. It’s a fact of life that technology is going to break down at some point, but if you have your important files saved in cloud storage, you won’t lose everything if your laptop breaks.
Cloud computing also makes it easier to connect to other computers. No matter what your needs are, any Internet user can get a lot out of switching to the cloud. Here are just a few ways to get the most out of it.
1. Store in the cloud without paying a cent
Backing up files in the cloud means you can get access to them at any time, from any place, and they’re totally secure while still being super easy to share if you choose to. Storage sites like Google Drive and Dropbox are simple to use and provide free accounts, or you can pay to get more space (though the casual user can probably make do with the free options).
2. Keep your files safe
Not only are your files safer in a cloud because you don’t have to worry about hardware failing on you, but security and privacy are major issues that cloud storage providers put a lot of focus on. For the most part, cloud computing has been shown to be the safer option.
3. Know when it’s time to upgrade
If you’re just using the cloud to store and share documents and files, you probably won’t need very much memory and can get by with just using a free Google Drive or Dropbox account.
However, if you’re using a cloud for something like a small business, you’re going to need a little more oomph. Once you start storing important business information or you’re processing purchases — basically, any time you start to make money — you’ll want to look into upgrading to a hosting and data option that actually fits your needs.
Upgrading can boost storage space, bump up speeds, and improve security, and choosing a good host will give you access to customer service in case you run into any problems.