Internet Basics: What is the Cloud and How Can It Help

Whether you’re wanting to improve your business or are just wanting to keep all of your precious photos safe and sound, an absolutely excellent way to keep your computer-related documents, videos, photos, or otherwise storable online items protected and secured is by backing them up. And where might I back these things up, I hear you ask? Well, my friend. Buckle up and let me tell you about this online lifesaver, otherwise known as the cloud. Something that might be described as a marvel of the modern age is actually widely speculated to have been established (or invented) as early as the 1960s! Apparently created by the one and only Dr. Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider (try saying that out loud three times fast) the obvious champion of 1960s computer science.


The Cloud

So what is the cloud, you might be wondering? Well, that’s the beautiful thing about it. The cloud is many things. The cloud is the reason for connective internet, the reason for free WiFi in your favorite shops, or the reason your precious documents can be backed up in case the worst happens with your favorite devices. People use the cloud to stay connected wherever they go and businesses use the cloud to back up important information and data they need to keep safe and organized. If you’re wanting some more reassurance on how to keep your files as safe as possible whilst on the cloud, just take a second to read through this article on cloud security and privacy essentials and get yourself safe and sound. Long story short, the cloud is responsible for a lot of things that we tend to take for granted nowadays.

The most important thing people need to remember is that technology, while often incredible and impressive and unbelievably helpful, like most things, has the potential to fail or break; and when that happens, what will you do when your computer crashes and you lose that 100 pages long manuscript for that novel you’ve been working on since you were 15? Let me tell you from experience, losing a small paragraph of writing is frustrating enough. I couldn’t imagine the full-body shut-down experience of losing an entire project or dissertation. It may be unlikely, but like many aspects of life, the chances are never 0. So, what can you do to protect yourself from losing any important or necessary work?


Cloud Storage

Well, Cloud Storage gives you a place to back up all of your important files, documents, projects, pictures, and videos all in one place. The files are kept on an online server hosted on a private secure network – which means there is no chance of the computer they’re being saved to crashing, as that computer doesn’t even exist. It also means you can have access to all of your saved files across a wide variety of different devices without having to go through the faff of saving and transferring drives each time per device. It could also save you money on buying more than one hard drive, like hard drives, although some come with a lot of storage, they are expensive and likely to be filled up at some point.


With the cloud, however, you are able to store a massive amount of things for free. If, however, you do end up running out of storage, you can always pay a small amount to add some more storage as necessary. Running a business or just keeping yourself and your life organized online can be difficult, remove one worry immediately and make sure your files are always protected and covered by switching to the cloud.

Barbara Jones is a technology savy journalist. She loves to cover gaming, gadgets, AI and financial technology. Prior to becoming a journalist, Barbara was an IT professional.