Cloud storage. What is it?

Cloud storage. What is it?

Your precious memories, all saved on your computer or phone… What if your computer crashes? or your phone goes for a swim? Do you have a backup?

If the answer is no, cloud storage just might be the answer for you.

What is “the cloud”?

Basically, cloud storage means storing and accessing data (your photos etc) over the internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. The benefit of this is that you don’t have to worry about losing your data if something does happen to your device and you can access it from any other computer/device connected to the internet.

There are plenty of Cloud services out there but the following 4 are well known and work great.

    1. Google Drive – Starts off with 15GB free storage and can be used on any smartphone, tablet or computer. Works great with Android phones (Samsung, Huawei, Oppo etc).
      drive.google.com

    2. Dropbox – 2GB free storage, however you can gain more by referring friends or setting up camera upload for your phone. Can be used on any device or computer (including Linux).
      www.dropbox.com

    3. iCloud – Apple’s cloud solution, great if you have an iPad, iPhone or Mac. Not the best for Windows users though. 5GB free storage.
      www.icloud.com

    4. OneDrive – Cloud storage by Microsoft. 5GB Free Storage. Great for Windows users, and works with any smartphone too (including iPhone).
      onedrive.live.com

The free plans can be upgraded (for a monthly fee) if you are needing more storage space.

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Cloud storage takes away the stress of backing up photos from your phone too, with all of these options having a camera upload feature. This means that if you take a photo on your phone, the next time you are connected to WiFi, it will automatically be backed up to the cloud for safe keeping!

If you don’t have a backup of your important files and photos, give the cloud a go. What have you got to lose? You could lose more if you don’t! We are more than happy to help with setting one up for you and showing you how it works if required – Get in touch!