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  • Writer's pictureBen Bowyer

What is the Cloud?

The cloud, we see a lot of them, and we hear the term used a lot and what does it mean?

The term Cloud refers to your computer storing your data/files (all the Word Doc's, Excel Spreadsheets and family photos) not only on your computer but also on another computer called a server in a very secure building, somewhere in the world. A copy if you like.

The servers (AKA Cloud) and your computer, talk to each other all the time when your computer is switched on and connected to the internet, swapping data (encrypted! also known as jumbled up!) Through software you have to install on to your computer for example Dropbox, OneDrive, GoogleDrive, moopod they all have software that needs to be installed onto your computer for them to talk to these servers. This is also known as SaaS (Software as a Service).

When you create a file/Word Doc or Save a picture, the cloud service, takes a copy of it and stores it not just locally on your computer, it also stores the file in the Cloud (Server in a very secure building somewhere in the world!).

Some Cloud services, store all your data in the Cloud and downloads the file when you click on it on your computer, this relies upon you having an internet connection. Most Cloud services offer both storing the files on your computer and in the Cloud (we prefer this!)

The Cloud is nothing to be afraid of and is very secure, all Cloud Services, like Dropbox, OneDrive, GoogleDrive and moopod use very secure encryption, which means when these services upload your file it is all jumbled up and means nothing to anyone, only your computer can decrypt these files as your computer has the software (SaaS - Software as a Service) installed and as you have to log in with your personal user account details for these services, it makes it very hard for people to gain access.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about backing up or which cloud service may be good for you, please use the button below to contact us.

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