Cloud Covered

My understanding of computing, computers and now the cloud have always been limited, I’m fascinated by how technology is advancing but at the same time I kind of don’t care enough to learn about it. The cloud for example I haven’t utilized, or I should say, to my knowledge I haven’t utilized it. The cloud I’m talking about is not the public cloud which is basically the internet, the cloud I’m talking about is where anybody with an internet connection can store data, files, information, etc. I picture hard drives in the sky which can be accessed anywhere as long as you have an internet connection just like when you access your Gmail account or your old high school Hotmail account.

I’m not this bad, but I’m not that far off.

Cloud-based services such as Google Drive which is basically an on-line hard drive also works with cloud apps: Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. This service is extremely beneficial for backing up everything on your local hard drive or even using as your primary hard drive, however it is important to know that even with all of the security protocols in place these cloud-based services are not immune to being hacked as many celebrities recently found out when their Apple iCloud accounts were hacked back in 2014.

So how do you prevent being hacked and having all of your information and possible nude photos stolen? Well, the most obvious and secure alternative solution is an external hard drive. As stated I’m not an expert when it comes to computers but I know an external hard dive is safest from hackers, but is it really the better option? Neither approach is flat-out safer and more cost-effective than the other. Obviously an external hard drive can crash, is susceptible to theft and fire, while cloud storage is slow and vulnerable to hackers.

The approach I have taken is to back up all of my important information (music, pictures and documents) onto two external hard drives. The one hard drive is with me and the other one is at my mothers house about 2 hours away. After all, I have a large collection of music that I would be devastated to lose, so I am willing to make the effort to back it up in two places. What are the chances that both hard drives could be damaged at the same time?


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