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What is the CLOUD?

AUTHOR:  JASON MORRELL 

Jason Morrell

1.  What is the cloud?

The CLOUD is the modern way of storing all your files (documents, pictures etc.).

Normally when you save a file it saves onto the hard drive on your computer.

All well and good.

But what if your computer was stolen or lost or destroyed in a fire or flood? All your precious pictures and important documents would be gone forever.

And that’s where the CLOUD comes in.

Think of the CLOUD as your private hard drive in the sky.

Here is how it works.

2. Peace of mind

When you save stuff to the cloud it is not stored directly on your computer. Due to the wonders of the internet and overseas warehouses with zillions of zigabytes of storage, you can save your files to the big hard drive in the sky rather than on your computer.

(Zigabytes is a made-up term by the way).

Therefore, if you lose your computer for any reason, it’s not a problem.

The programs on your computer can be reinstalled. But your personal files cannot.

With the cloud, you can pick up a different computer on the other side of the world and open your files. Neat huh?

3. Sharing your files

It also means you can easily share files between your devices (laptop, tablet, phone) and your family or colleagues.

And if you’re wondering about security, you have your own cloud account with the normal access credentials of a username and a password. You cannot access your files without them.

You can also share large files without the need to attach them (this will make more sense once you start emailing with attachments).

4. Start using the cloud for free

There are many companies who provide cloud facilities.

The four most popular ones are:

  • OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) – from Microsoft (5GB free storage)
  • iCloud – from Apple (5GB free storage)
  • Google Drive – from, you guessed it, Google (15GB free storage)
  • DropBox – independent (2Gb free storage)

Each offer a basic account with free storage to get you started. For many people the free storage is sufficient but there are paid plans which won’t break the bank) if you need more.

Each will work on any type of computer.

5. Let's wrap

Please feel free to post any questions you have into the comments below. And before you leave this page, I want to give you one quick little action item! 

ACTION ITEM: Comment below with ONE thing you picked up from this post and share how it has helped, or will help, you. It's good to share your successes because it encourages others and provides an instant boost.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

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Jason Morrell


Jason loves to simplify the hard stuff, cut the fluff and share what actually works. Things that make a difference. Things that slash hours from your daily work tasks. He runs a software training business in Queensland, Australia, lives on the Gold Coast with his wife and 4 kids and often talks about himself in the third person!

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