Something to come out of our ever-growing online culture is the idea of ‘Cloud Computing’ and ‘Cloud Storage’.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – “How can a Cloud hold anything? It’s just a bunch of water vapour.” And you’re right, it is just a bunch of water vapour, but that’s not the cloud I’m talking about.
‘The Cloud’ is a term that put simply means the internet – It’s part of the move to storing all of our information online so that we can access it anytime, anywhere on any device without having to go “Oh, it’s on my computer, I’ll show you when we get home.”
Cloud Storage seems like a brilliant idea, but one thing that many people don’t consider is how they are paying for the storage online. Many companies, like Google, Apple and Amazon offer both free and paid versions of their online storage solutions, which share your information across devices in their little technology ecosystems meaning you have access to all your photos, videos and music wherever you want – How cool! But as I mentioned before, the cost of this is not being taken into account. When using cloud storage, even things like Facebook, we all need to think about the policies those companies have in place, and the security measures that they have in place. Apple in particular is regularly in the spotlight for issues regarding security, with the latest one being the leak of nude photographs of many well known celebrities which Apple claims to be not at fault in, despite the opposing view that their security is actually terrible all-round.
Cloud computing can be a very powerful tool in an age where content is the new product, but if we really want it to work we might have to start thinking about how to keep our files safe and out of the wrong hands.
Shot not figuring that one out.