If the cloud is still a brave new world for you, then don’t be put off! Let’s take a look at the basics of cloud technology so that you can start to embrace this technical revolution.
What Is The Cloud?
In relation to digital technology, the term comes from a metaphor for the Internet. The cloud symbol is often used in computer network diagrams, and stretches back as far as 1994.
Cloud computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet). The name comes from the use of a cloud-shaped symbol as an abstraction for the complex infrastructure it contains in system diagrams. Cloud computing entrusts remote services with a user's data, software and computation. source
What Can Be Done In The Cloud?
There are a large range of free and affordable technologies available for use over the Internet; tools made for just about any kind of job.
You can now access files and information from anywhere in the world, and that means it’s never been easier to make the most of outsourcing jobs and projects. Tasks like phone calls, emails, fax, file sharing, money transfer, diary management, marketing, time tracking, project management, online storage (the list goes on…), can all be performed remotely.
Working in the cloud can make your life more effective and productive, by taking advantage of software solutions designed to optimise procedures and collaboration.
Is The Cloud Secure?
Protecting your information when working in the cloud should be a priority. As with any company or service, third parties are obligated to keep your information safe and secure.
A good way to minimise the chance of problems occurring from your standpoint, is to understand the risks. Make sure to develop good password policies and keep your antivirus software up to date. Using firewalls for Internet intruders, scanning incoming email attachments and avoiding downloading files you are unsure of, will all help to limit the danger of a security scare.
You should always back up your data regularly, and make sure to have a disaster recovery action plan in place should anything go wrong. At the end of the day, let common sense prevail.
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