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What is the cloud?

You may have heard people using terms like the cloud, cloud computing or cloud storage. But what exactly is the cloud? Put simply, the cloud is the Internet or more specifically, it’s everything you can access remotely over the Internet. When something is in the cloud, it means it is stored on servers on the Internet instead of on your computer.

The chances are you use the cloud everyday, you just may not realise it. If you are using any kind of social media site or online data drive, you are already using the cloud. Applications like Google Drive, Gmail or One Drive all utilise the cloud, in fact whenever you store information without using internal data you are storing that information on the cloud.

There are lots of other services that use the cloud in different ways including DropBox, which is a storage service that lets you store and share files with others. Evernote is another cloud-based service that lets you type notes, clip webpages or take photos, and then organise all of them from your computer or mobile device.

Working on the cloud can be very beneficial as it is convenient and reliable, allowing you to access a file from any computer that has Internet connection and easily share files with others. You are also less likely to lose data as it is stored on servers. However, there are also some downsides. Using an online-based service means that access is dependant on your Internet connectivity and there is always a risk that someone might try to gain access to your data so it’s important to choose a strong password and pay attention to any privacy settings.

If you have a question for JSPC, email it to questions@jspc.co.uk If you require further advice, technical support, or a computer repair please call JSPC Computer Services on 01903 767122 or visit the shop at 2 Seadown Parade, Bowness Avenue, Sompting.