Why Use the Cloud and Cloud Storage

1. What is the cloud?

You may have heard people use terms like cloud, cloud computing, or cloud storage. But what exactly is the cloud? Simply put, the cloud is the Internet. More specifically, it's everything you can access remotely over the Internet. When something is in the cloud, it means it is stored on an internet server, not on the computer's hard drive.

2. Why use the cloud?

Some of the main reasons for using the cloud are convenience and reliability. For example, if you've ever used a web-based email service like Gmail or Yahoo! Mail, you've already used the cloud. All email in the web-based service is stored on the server, not on your computer's hard drive. This means that you can access your e-mail from any computer connected to the Internet. It also means that if something goes wrong with your computer, you'll be able to recover your emails.

Let's look at some of the most common reasons for using the cloud:
(1) File storage: You can store all types of information in the cloud, including files and emails. This means you can access the content from any internet-connected computer or mobile device, not just your home computer.
(2) File sharing: The cloud makes it easy to share files with multiple people at the same time. For example, you can upload multiple photos to a cloud-based photo service.
(3) Backup data: You can also use the cloud to protect your files. If your computer is lost, stolen or damaged, you can still recover those files from the cloud.

3. Notes on using cloud storage

(1) Backup important data: Although cloud storage claims to be able to replace local hard drives (hard drives in personal computers), in fact, cloud storage can only be used as an auxiliary role, and cannot replace the functions of hard drives, and in terms of price, Owning a 500GB physical hard drive is about one-seventh the price of a cloud hard drive in a year.
(2) Two-layer authentication mechanism: Make good use of the authentication mechanism provided by the cloud hard disk, such as mobile phone authentication. An additional layer of authentication is an additional layer of protection.
(3) Use SSL encryption: It is very important to use SSL encryption to avoid the theft of passwords or data during transmission. The easiest way to determine whether there is a "https:" string in the URL bar of the browser is to use encrypted transmission. Make data more secure in transmission.
(4) Do not put private information on the Internet: The Internet is not absolutely safe, and no matter how strict the Internet protection is, it cannot escape the negligence or deliberate harm of "people". Do not store relevant privacy or confidential information on the Internet. , to avoid the occurrence of regrettable life-long events, resulting in irreparable faults.
(5) Strengthening security protection: Strengthening the security of personal computers or mobile devices, such as: updating the operating system, updating applications, etc., or installing various protection software to avoid the harm of viruses. In the cloud computing environment, all mobile devices will be connected to the Internet. Therefore, the security of the network is very important for cloud access. Whether the network where the personal data is stored is secure depends on your own observation and careful behavior. Only in this way can we avoid regrets and make full use of the benefits and functions of cloud storage.

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