Clouds are no longer just part of the weather forecast or a soft, cozy place to take a nap. In fact Clouds were rockin’ when Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones topped the charts with “Get Off of My Cloud. Move over rain clouds, these clouds are invisible savers of data housed on a remote base.
If you’re not careful, your private information could be all over the Internet; recently some celebs saw their pictures being compromised and distributed without their knowledge or consent. A simple solution followed with an Apple spokesperson demonstrating how to make sure your data isn’t saved and stored, at least on Apple smart phones.
There are pros, cons and what ifs to cloud storage just like everything else. If one of the mammoth Internet sites that sell music online had cloud storage at the time I purchased tracks, it would have saved me time and money. I noticed just days after my tracks were downloaded and paid for, many of them would not play with the explanation of “file not found.” When I reported it to the provider I was told they would replace a few and explained that it was a problem with my computer, and they were sorry. Needless to say, I didn’t buy from that Internet site for a long time after that. Just about all sites selling music online now back your purchases up high on a cloud somewhere.
Of course, you have other choices for storing your data. Among them are internal and external hard drives, writable DVDs/CDs and portable USB flash drives. If you save your data on a cloud, be careful what you store!