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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Tuesday, 13 Nov 2018

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Whitwick & District U3A - Computing tip August 2013

Given the fine weather we are experiencing as this is being written, it is by way of contrast that we will look at The Cloud. This is the term which is used for computing resources that are located somewhere on the internet, most typically for the domestic user it offers the storage of files. Examples of this are Dropbox, and Skydrive.

Some of the advantages of using The Cloud for storage are:

However, there are disadvantages as well. These include:

There are similar pros and cons, for other cloud based services e.g. Google Docs or Flickr. In short if you are making use of The Cloud, think about how sensitive your data is (to you or someone else!), and if it is at all sensitive then encrypt (a useful program is 7-Zip which also compresses files) before you send it. If the data is important, e.g. irreplaceable photos, then only use cloud storage as a backup to keeping a copy yourself.

 

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