Transition from USB Flash Drive to Online Cloud Storage
Which of the following scenarios have you ever experienced?
- I keep on getting viruses on my USB flash drive and my computer.
- I occasionally lose my important files.
- My flash drive is not enough to carry all my files with me everywhere I go.
- I don’t like the feeling of plugging and unplugging my device especially to untrusted computers.
- I don’t want my sensitive data to get into the hands of an strangers.
- I want to save and retrieve my files to and from the internet anytime and anywhere there is internet connection.
If that is the case, it’s time to move “To The Cloud”!
What is “the cloud”?
Technically, when we hear the word “cloud”, we can think of masses of tiny water droplets floating in the sky. In terms of computing, it refers to the servers in the back-end of the internet which allows you to access and retrieve your e-mail, applications and data from their servers.
How does it work?
If you recall what have you learned about water cycle back then, you might come into conclusion that Cloud Computing actually works like that!
First, water vapour from the streams, valleys and oceans including the one that evaporates when you dry your clothes under the sun evaporates in to the atmosphere. These tiny water particles join to form clouds. As the cloud gets heavy enough, it condenses to make rain. These water particles go back to earth in the same or different place. Finally, same process repeat itself over and over again.
Similarly, cloud computing works similarly. Imagine your files can be compared to water in a basin. This files break into smaller packets as it is being uploaded into the cloud server. The cloud server then joins these packets together to form the original file. As the need arises, you can download the same file. The server breaks again the file into packets which will be sent into your computer. Finally, your computer collects these packets to form the original file. You can download the same file over and over again.
How do I store my files into the Cloud?
First of all, you need create an account from a service provider. There are a lot of cloud services in the internet you can choose from. These services range from individual user to small business to large enterprises. Prices vary according to your needs from free to a monthly or yearly fee. Some popular cloud storage services are Dropbox, Box.net, SugarSync, GoogleDocs, MobileMe and Windows Live Skydrive.
Where do I start?
It depends on your choice and needs. In this article, let’s start with Dropbox. It is one of the most popular on-line cloud services besides of its easy to use interface, convenience and price which is free.
How do I start?
- First of all, you need to create an account. Visit http://www.dropbox.com to get started.
- On the upper right corner of the screen, click Log-in.
- From the drop down menu, choose Create an Account.
- Enter your personal details on the boxes provided for like First Name, Last Name, Email and Password. It is recommended to create a hard-to-guess password to protect your data and your online security.
- Once done, hit the Create Account button to continue.
- You will be asked to download and install its desktop companion but it is optional.
- You will be directed to its main interface to help you get started.
Posted on March 29, 2011, in Cloud Computing, Cool Stuff, Information Superhighway, Tech Stuff, Tips and Tricks and tagged Cloud computing, Cloud storage, Computer file, Dropbox, Hardware, Storage, Universal Serial Bus, usb, USB flash drive. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.