We all have been hearing about cloud computing and how it saves the world. But most people don’t realize what can all go wrong with these ever popular services, so here we will be taking a look at why I don’t recommend them. First we will start off with their claims and then give you the not so pretty side kept hidden from you.
You Can Access Them Anywhere
While this claim is sort of true, they fail to say that you can access it only via online. If you internet connect went down, you could not log on and access the files at all. Which makes this more or less a false claim that they use. Unless you keep a copy of it on your hard drive, you will not be able to access them offline.
They Will Be Stored On Server Forever
Again, this is a huge misconception once again. While you may think that the server is here to stay or you will be warned if if they were shut their doors. I learned this the hard way at least twice. You may never know if they are about to shut down their doors and could lose all your files in a matter of hours. It is the scary reality of keeping files online and if you do not keep a spare backup.
It Won’t Ever Be Hacked Into
Nothing is safe, even a paid online service (remember what happened to Sony’s PlayStation network). Nobody can promise you that your info will be safe, so take any marketing methods like that with a grain of salt. If it sounds too good to be true, the 99.9% of the time it will be false info.
While I have suggested services like Google Docs, I do want to stress that you should keep a backup and never share anything personal on it.
How do you feel about cloud computing? Do you buy into the hype? Let me know in the comments and lets talk about your favorite ways to save files.