The Clouds of The Web
Before the 1960’s the cloud was seen as something that was only made by water molecules that floated in the sky, now, fast forward to 2017 where the cloud has a new technological meaning. Cloud computing is essentially anything that is saved on the internet rather than data that is stored in one’s hard drive. It’s called this because, like a cloud, it is essentially free floating with a bunch of information. It’s something every internet user shares yet have varieties of access to.
There are a couple of dominant model cloud computing services that I will be discussing: Apple’s iCloud and Google Drive, one of the 2 most popular services.
iCloud was introduced in 2011 to every person that owned an Apple product. It initially gives you 5 GB of storage for free so that you can backup and store all of your data in. It also enables you to share data between any Apple product you own just through the use of an “Apple ID”. With this identification, you can sync the data you have on one Apple device to another.
Unlike iCloud, Google Drive can be used on any technological device, such as tablets, phones, laptops, etc. It provides you with 15 GB of free storage to store different types of data, such as word documents and spreadsheets and so on, the services are available to individuals with a Gmail account. It’s different from iCloud in the sense that it is more accessible and affordable to those who cannot necessarily afford Apple products.
For most of these services, you’re given the option to pay extra for more space to back up or store data in. The main aspect of this new form of computing that attracts so many customers is the fact that the data within them cannot be completely destroyed or lost. In hard drives and USB’s, we have the risk of losing all of our data from damage or theft, this is something that you can avoid with cloud computing.
With that being said, it doesn’t necessarily mean that information in these services are completely private. By using these services, you ultimately allow service providers access to your stored data. So if you’re using a cloud computing system to store confidential, tip-top secret information, I suggest you review the terms of agreement that you agreed to, to confirm whether or not these providers have complete access to your information.