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Having everything on the cloud (i.e. cloud storage) is great; it means you don’t have to remember if you saved that document on your desktop or laptop. You can also access your files from any computer connected to the internet, as well as not worry about what happens if your computer dies. However, that convenience usually comes with a price that’s not just monetary: your privacy. So, is it possible to have your data in the cloud without sacrificing that?

What Is The Cloud?

In the context of technology, the cloud refers to this:

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instead of this:

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For the purposes of this post, the cloud refers to the servers that store and process your data for you. Before using cloud storage services was popular, people just stored files on their computer. As archaic as that sounds, the plus side of this is that it works without the internet, and you’re the only person that has access to your files. The negative side is that you need to remember what you put on which computer, and you have to deal with backups yourself. If you’re traveling, and forget to copy your files onto your laptop, you’re out of luck. …


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It seems like every other ad and sponsorship on YouTube is for some VPN provider. While VPNs definitely have a purpose, they’re not a one-size-fits-all solution. There seems to be a lot of VPN myths and general misinformation about VPNs on the internet. Hopefully this post clears some of that up.

How VPNs Work

Before I get into debunking some VPN myths, it’s important to understand how a VPN works. Put simply, a VPN creates an encrypted tunnel between you and the VPN server. Once connected, all of your internet traffic goes through that tunnel. The important thing to note about the tunnel is that it only exists between your computer and the VPN server. …


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The internet seems simple enough for end users. You type a URL into your browser, hit enter, and the page loads within a few seconds. If not, you’ll probably give up rather quickly and move on to a different site. However, behind the scenes, a lot is going on in order for that page to be displayed. So, what exactly happens behind the scenes to make websites load?

Routers

The internet works by using something called an IP address to know where to send packets. Packets are what they sound like; bits of data put in a virtual envelope to be shipped off to some address. Both your computer and web servers need an IP address for the same reason. Your computer needs to know which server to ask for the website, and the server needs to know where to send the website back to. If servers didn’t have an IP address, your computer wouldn’t know where to send the requests to. …

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