Remember the time when the floppy diskette was the ‘ish’? Remember how we didn’t understand how it worked exactly to keep our stuff but just cared that it did? Remember when the compact disk took the world by storm? Ushering in windows software like Nero and Power ISO and you were a total wiz when it came to the computer;
just knowing how to burn stuff onto a cd. Nothing compared to that moment when the prototypes of the pen drives were unveiled and then the external storages came in and then …. ‘Hey, why don’t you just back your stuff up to the cloud?
Have you checked out Google drive? Oh man, the dropbox feature is so amazing!’ Our history tells us we’ve come a long way but the interesting thing is technology does the same; a lot of people don’t know what Dropbox, the cloud or google drive is about and some are okay with keeping their stuff on an external drive they know they can access at any time and are constantly reminded that their stuff is in a safe place.
But the world is orienting and inclining itself towards an era where a lot of the things we deal with wouldn’t necessarily be visible but would still be accessible. If you don’t believe that take a look around you, everything that you can physically see now has an electronic counterpart and storage hasn’t been left behind in the movement.
The interesting thing is the fact that people don’t realize the aid and perks these online storages are bringing to ease life and keep your backup in a safe space. Well if you’re one of such people with that issue, never fear; click brick is here to enlighten you on it all.
There’s been a lot of lexicons that have come up in our advancement of technology and one of those words that are used loosely because people think everyone understands it is ‘the cloud’. So you hear people say things like your data is stored in the cloud; please don’t get confused – your data is not in the fluffy things floating in the sky, neither is it in ‘heaven’, it is just in a place that you can’t see with your physical eyes but it is there, I can assure you that.
The cloud refers to software and services that run on the internet instead of being run locally on your machine or device of use. And the easiest thing about it is that you can access them from your web browser; your chrome, your Firefox, and your Safari.
The very stand out ones, well notable in these parts of the world are Apple’s iCloud, Dropbox with others like Yahoo Mail and Microsoft’s OneDrive being of use as well. Google has also made provision with Google Drive to keep your stuff online. The mechanism is simple;
instead of apportioning your hard disk to have different divisions keep different stuff, having to buy multiple externals all in the name of keeping your data intact, these storage spaces give you the ability to back up the stuff you have on your machine and keep it in the spaces they provide –
if you’ve noticed, most laptops now come with an allocated space to something called dropbox. Interestingly, because people don’t even know what it is, most laptops are used without this feature as a resource being tapped into or utilized. This allocated space signifies how much data you can decide to keep there and delete off your machine to accommodate other stuff you might want to keep.
The advantage in this is that you aren’t only secure about the fact that your data is safe and stored somewhere but that you can access it anytime you want with an internet connection that is. I think the advantages are beginning to shape themselves outright? In one vein you’re saving up space to store other things that you might need immediately, and in another, you are placing your data in a place that you know is secured; it’s killing two birds with one stone.
But I’m sure the biggest wonder on your mind, as you’re slowly embracing this whole idea, is whether or not it is actually secure and whether the data stored there can ever be lost or is at risk in any sort of way. Well, the truth hurts but it still has to be said; a coin has two sides and the balance of nature suggests that good needs bad to hold the balance, so yeah, it doesn’t exactly fail-proof.
The safety concerns that have come up are a result of the nature of the storage and its location being online on the internet. There was a well-publicized story on the attack on Apple’s iCloud and of course people started feeling insecure about the whole idea and began to question the security of the whole system. The truth behind the whole issue was the fact that it was the personal accounts of the said celebrities that were hacked into and not the cloud that was breached.
This was attributed to the vulnerabilities identified after the hack in Apple’s password security system in that, a weak password being used by someone holding an account could have appeared to be weak and was hence guessed by hackers.
People still stood with their idea that the online storage system was not needed and that they could keep their data intact by themselves without the need for third-party storage. Cool, but have you necessarily thought through the things you’re leaving yourself exposed to? A couple of scenarios; you get robbed and they take your devices and your external hard drives.
Another scenario, the laptop that you keep your data on suddenly crashes (oh yeah, machines can fail when you least expect them to), what do you do then? What about when your little nephew spills water on your device and knocks your external hard drive down and it is beyond repair?
What I’m trying to say is it might sound far fetched but I’d choose online storage where I know that my biggest fear is a hacker somewhere with diabolical intentions than the million external factors that I can’t control in reality and the physical.
And to speak about a hacker wanting to break into the storage system, he or she needs to bypass encryption which is the front line defense for any cloud system. Encryption methods utilize complex algorithms to conceal the information and keep them protected at all times. Now to decipher this, you need the encryption key and before you get that key, you need to have in your arsenal, a huge amount of computer processing power, forensic software and a lot, a whole lot of time.
A lot of people have their thoughts and perceptions about online storage systems and letting someone else hold onto their information, it’s normal. People take a while to acclimatize to things like this, especially when they aren’t so tangible and are in an electronic space. The little you can do about it is before selecting a cloud storage provider, do your research.
Top cloud providers can keep their data safe and consistently accessible. If the company you are planning to be in association with has a history of data loss and security breaches, do not attempt to join it as it might be a ticking time bomb. And for those who don’t believe in it, the best advice we can give you concerning the safety of your stuff for certain is to lock up your stuff in a safe beneath the ground.
Earth’s been here since the beginning of time, who better to trust than the one thing that has been constant all this time? Cheers