Cloud Storage - A Good Thing or A Not So Good Thing?

Many of us have seen the ads all over the internet about Cloud Storage.  So what is it?  Is it a good thing or a bad thing?  According to Wikipedia.orgCloud storage is a model of data storage in which the digital data is stored in logical pools, the physical storage spans multiple servers (and often locations), and the physical environment is typically owned and managed by a hosting company. These cloud storage providers are responsible for keeping the data available and accessible, and the physical environment protected and running. People and organizations buy or lease storage capacity from the providers to store user, organization, or application data.  Cloud storage services may be accessed through a co-located cloud computer service, a web service application programming interface  (API) or by applications that utilize the API, such as cloud desktop storage, a cloud storage gateway or Web-based content management systems.

You may have seen applications on your devices that offer Free-Storage. This is the hosts way of letting us use it and experiment with it to see if we like it. A lot of these host companies give us up to 5 to 8GB of Free-Storage, which is generous.  There are many video's that can show you how to use cloud storage and how to add your files to it. Which help to make things a lot easier.  Now altho' I am all for technology we have to keep in mind that IF you place all of your files, such as, photo's, documents, video's etc to cloud-storage, you could be at risk of something going wrong.  Where your personal information could get exposed all over the internet.  Don't worry, the chances of this happening is very slim with the security programs in place to protect your priceless information.  But nothing is full proof and you need to take precautions against that happening.  For instance if you have sensitive photo's, video's or documents, it may serve you better and be more secure for you to load them onto a flash-stick or disc and not use a cloud storage app.  You can also use cloud storage for video games that normally take up a lot of space on your system when downloaded.

But if you decide to use cloud storage you can load other files that are not as personal or as valuable.  When you do this, you open up space and make more room on your hard drive.  As an additional action you want to delete any temp. files, browsing history or any files that are of no use to you. These files tend to build up behind the scenes and just sit there and take up valuable space which in turn can make your computer run slow, draggy and eventually it will prevent your computer from running at its peak performance. So dump those, run a defrag on your system and restart your computer. This way any files or folders that you need to have on your computer or want to keep on your computer will be filed close together in the system and there won't be pockets here and there in your system which causes your computer to run slower. Check out How-To video's on what the benefits of defragging your system has. You can find it on youtube.



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