My head may be always in the clouds, but I make sure all my personal info isn’t.

As we continue on through the modern age, we make more and more documented memories, meaning more and more files like photos and videos. It’s fascinating how one kid could have a lot of old photographs one could physically hold while her or his sibling that’s to be born a few years later wouldn’t have any because it’s all in digital form. As files pile up, the more people need storage not only for work but also for their personal lives.

The Cloud has been a common thing in devices today. I remember the first iPhone I got, and upon discovering the Cloud I thought I have found the perfect solution for my storage problem.

When I first discovered the Cloud

The Cloud, a symbol for the internet, is basically another way to store and access your files easily. It is very convenient because it is stored online and you could retrieve your files from any device anytime as long as you have the internet connection. Rather than a single device keeps your precious files, a network of computers keeps it too. This sounds good for your devices’ storage, and one would think that you won’t have to worry about full memory ever again.

More and more cloud-based services are being made due to its rise in popularity.

iCloud

The iCloud Drive is used in Apple products and lets you sync in between the Cloud and your devices. You have free 5 GB storage, and more than that you’ll have to pay. For 50 GB, it’ll cost $0.99/mo. For 200 GB, it’s $2.99/mo. Last but not the least, for 1 TB, it’s $9.99/mo. Keep in mind that this storage is not only for your phone, but also for your other Apple devices, which makes paying for more storage sound appealing.

Drop Box

The Drop Box has more options due to its availability in more platforms. Though it’s very easy to use, it only stores files and does not allow for syncing. It offers free storage of 2 GB but if you want more, you would have to pay $9.99 /mo for 1 TB. You could, however, share folders with other people and even copy a link of a file from your drop box, like that video of your cat that’s too big of a file to send over a messenger app.

Google Drive

I have to say Google Drive is my hero. I may sound biased but this is one of the most ideal services for students today. It allows for not only your own folder for your personal files, but also for shared folders suitable for school group work; Any member who has access can edit and view those files. Not only that, but their free storage is 15 GB. It has more options on how much more storage you would like (with pay of course), with the largest possible storage available being 30 TB for $299.99/mo.

I have learned the disadvantages about the Cloud when there has been an iCloud leak of celebrity photos back in 2014. With the help of this class, I have especially known the dangers of uploading personal files online, and that the biggest danger is privacy and security.

When you backup in the Cloud, your files isn’t in just secret place in the internet; It would be stored in the company’s server that you’re paying for. The Cloud acts like a terminal for your files, being the only thing that connects you and your data from another place. I don’t know about you, but this sure would make me feel like I don’t own my files anymore.

In addition, anyone who works in the company’s servers have complete access to your files anytime. One doesn’t even have to work in that company to see your files, and if you’re a great hacker you can too. This led to the iCloud leak mentioned above.

This is why I try not to use the Cloud for personal files, though if someone hacked my google drive all they’ll see is crappy essays.

If you feel unsafe but still has the need to use the Cloud, there is a helpful guide to encrypt data before uploading it. Thanks, Internet.