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Data In The Cloud

Specifically, the cloud offers the user the ability to store, share and create content (files) on a provider’s computer servers and to continuously access their data from any device connected to his account, via the Internet.

What are the cloud providers?

Google, Microsoft, DropBox, Apple, among many others.

When we create an email address, it is much more than just an email account that is offered to us. It’s a set of cloud services that you access.

Thus, when you create a Gmail account, you can access not only an e-mail but also an address book (contacts), one or more calendars, as well as Google Drive, a storage and file sharing, which also contains an office suite.

Microsoft offers the same to Hotmail, Live or Outlook account holders. Its storage services and applications are in OneDrive. Note its OneNote tool, very useful for taking and organizing notes.

Apple is not left out, with its iCloud Drive.

Unlike the three providers already mentioned, DropBox “limits” its offer to storage and file sharing services. The advantage of this solution is, precisely because it is not related to the creation of an email account, not to discourage the user who is not interested in obtaining an umpteenth email address. he already has several.

As you saw above, file storage is accompanied by file sharing. Send a simple invitation to one or more recipients and these people can either consult or modify the files in question, depending on the type of authorization you have granted. Very useful for sharing photos, music, even movies.

I advise you to share folders, rather than files. In this way, the sharing will concern all the contents of the file, as well the files that you will place there today than those which you will deposit there in six months until you delete the file or that you withdraw the authorizations if you wish it. After all, you are the owner of this file.

The cloud involves so-called “high availability” data. For this, our data is replicated and distributed over several servers of the provider to ensure continuous access in all circumstances.

Let’s leave aside the “drive” portion of cloud services to return to the “mail/ contacts/calendars” trio. The way the cloud works will be more talkative.

Imagine that you have a computer, a tablet, and a smartphone. On the three devices, you have set up your Gmail account (Google), for example. Your three devices perform a regular synchronization of the data, the synchronization interval is configurable.

Each creation of a new event in your calendar from your computer (for example) will be followed by a synchronization of data, thanks to which your tablet and your smartphone will receive this new information, and this because they are connected to your Google Account

You can also choose to automatically upload your photos to the cloud. Do you take a lot of pictures? Consider enabling automatic upload to Google Photos, iCloud, DropBox, or OneDrive. Depending on the service used, it may be necessary to download the photos to your internal hard drive or an external hard drive before you can delete them.

Remember that privacy in these cloud services is relative. Holiday photos or Proximus invoices have their place on the cloud. On the other hand, this is not the place to store the secret formula of the next Coca-Cola.


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