Not long ago we wrote about organizing your digital life and about backing up in the cloud. But what exactly is cloud storage? How does it work? And is it really smart to save your whole things there? You may already be using the cloud, but you do not yet know how it works. You are certainly not the only one, as you can see in the video below. Zobuz took to the streets to ask people what they know about the cloud. Experts also explain what the cloud is exactly. Do you want to know more about cloud storage? Below we explain when the cloud was conceived, how the principle of the cloud works and how your privacy works.
Without thinking about it, you read and send emails daily. You download, upload, stream and save. But do you ever wonder where all that digital data goes and how it gets there? What happens if you put files, photos and videos on the internet or in the cloud? We investigated for you.
Storing your files everywhere and nowhere and being able to use them everywhere, which is the principle of the cloud. Nowadays there are immense computers (read: servers and data centers) all over the world and we are connected to them via the internet. That is the basis for cloud storage. But where does the term ‘cloud’ come from? In the 1990s, when the global web went through explosive growth, techies were already using cloud drawings to describe the first networks. It was Compaq brand technicians who patented the term “cloud computing” and in 1996 Steve Jobs from Apple also described a kind of iCloud.
You don’t have to worry though. Firstly, because all cloud companies benefit from protecting your data as well as possible. All your files in the cloud are stored encrypted (encrypted) and data centers are very well protected against hackers. Of course it is even safer to put all your files on your own hard drive and store them in a safe. But sharing your vacation photos with traveling companions still costs you much more time and effort.
Subscriptions for a storage space between 500 GB and 1 TB are on average around 10 euros per month. But there is a considerable price war going on, so the prices fall regularly. At Box, for example, you get unlimited storage space for 12 euros per month. Do you take your phone with you everywhere? Then he is probably bursting with precious moments and important information, such as beautiful photos and videos and important contact details. Of course you don’t want to lose that. After reading this blog you know exactly how to back up the most important information and files on your smartphone in the cloud.
A backup is a backup of the files on your phone. A backup is not on your smartphone, but is stored elsewhere. For example in the cloud. A backup for your mobile is useful if your smartphone is broken, if it is lost or if you take a new one. You then copy the backup ‘back’ to the new or repaired smartphone. Handy, because then you won’t lose all your photos or contact details, for example. You can make a backup copy of files on a computer, CD or USB stick, but ‘the cloud’ is the most convenient backup location. If you see the analyses of pCloud vs Google Drive you can see the difference of easy user interface. The advantage is that you can open them wherever the internet is. At home on a tablet, on the train on your smartphone and in the office on your computer. You can only use an automatic backup to transfer files to a repaired or other smartphone.
Making a manual backup is not only useful for storing files securely. You can also do it when the storage space of your smartphone is full. You first upload files to the cloud and then delete them from your smartphone. This saves space, especially when files take up a lot of space and you don’t need them every day. Security: is my cloud properly secured? Files that you upload to the cloud are stored encrypted. This means that you can only view them with a password. Make sure this password consists of lowercase, uppercase, numbers and punctuation marks. Nowadays, most cloud services also support two-step verification when logging in, which means that in addition to a password, you also have to enter a unique confirmation code, which you receive by text message, for example. This way your cloud is best protected.
Now it often happens that certain information is only on your smartphone. This is becoming less and less the case. Certainly because cloud services become faster, offer more storage capacity and are better protected. The advantage is that you will not have to do anything anymore because files are automatically stored in a cloud. Nice!
Khurram Raheel Akbar is a reporter for Zobuz. He previously worked at Huffington Post and Vanity Fair. Raheel is based in PAK and covers issues affecting his city. In addition to his severe coffee addiction, he’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.
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