Many people may not understand what the cloud is, and even those who do may not be on the same page regarding how it works. Here are five of the biggest misconceptions about cloud computing:
1. Everyone uses "the cloud" to mean the same thing.
Exactly what the term means is slightly different depending on who you speak with. The simplest way to describe it is any form of computing that takes place not on your own computer or equipment, but rather on a remote machine via the internet. One theory for the name is it comes from network diagrams that use rectangles to show specific computers and then a cloud shape to indicate the internet. The most common uses of the term depend on the context. For consumers, it most often means storing data online. For businesses, it more commonly means processing data remotely.
2. Cloud computing is only for expert use.
If you're a regular internet user, chances are you already use the cloud. Most email services you access via a website are cloud services. Digital services that let you access content on multiple devices are also cloud services, such as your social media photo library.
3. Cloud computing is inherently insecure.
It may seem logical to assume data stored on a computer you control and protect is much safer than data stored remotely. There may be some truth to this if the main threat was people physically accessing your machine. In practice, however, most data theft involves remote breaches of some kind. While you can and should use smart security practices to keep your PC safe, the likelihood is cloud computing providers have better resources to protect against both physical and online attacks than you do at home. The growth of cloud computing arguably makes it more secure. This is because the more competition there is, the greater the incentive for companies to avoid suffering the embarrassment and loss of reputation a breach would cause.
4. I need special software knowledge.
In many cases, if you can use ordinary websites or common applications on your computer, you'll have no problems with cloud computing. The best systems are designed to run as smoothly as possible, and you may not even notice a difference between files on your computer and in remote storage. Companies providing cloud services know this smooth integration is key to the user experience.
5. I can leave everything up to the cloud.
Think of cloud computing as a valuable weapon rather than your entire arsenal. It's certainly true that with the right provider, cloud computing can bring you increased flexibility and reliability for storing data. It makes an excellent backup tool to protect against disastrous situations, such as fires or floods, that destroy both your computer and physical backups. Still, it makes sense to keep copies of important files not only in the cloud but on your computer and on a physical backup. That way you get the easiest protection against a range of possible problems such as your computer breaking or you being without an internet connection for a lengthy period.
The cloud is here to stay, and you can take advantage of it in your own home. Having cloud storage options can help you feel more secure through saving security camera footage, while also keeping your important files and photos backed up at all times.
For more details on how cloud-based services can make your life easier and safer, call the experts at Vivint today.