Get Your Head In The Cloud

March 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

You are probably already familiar with the term “cloud computing.”  Over the last few years there has been a major shift towards the “cloud.”  It makes computing anywhere simple, easy, and fast.  Essentially, it means that your information is stored out there on the internet “somewhere,” available for you to access whenever you want, from any computer.  If you own a mobile device such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet, you probably already use it without even realizing it.  Here are five advantages to cloud computing you want to be aware of, as well as some different services that may be helpful to you:

1. File Sharing

The cloud is an excellent file-sharing resource for groups of friends, students, and coworkers.  While traditional methods such as sending files via e-mail address or transporting them from one computer to another using a USB-stick are both easy and inexpensive, they come with built-in limitations, especially if the files are large and contain high resolution photographs. Another drawback is that any changes made to a given file must be resubmitted to every group member, which often leads to confusion and unnecessary duplication. By utilizing a cloud- based file sharing app, such as Dropbox, it’s possible to share project photos, documents or video files with all other members of the group in an organized and synchronized fashion.

2. Time Management

One of the biggest challenges we face today is juggling our many calendars. Applications such as Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook allow you to synch your schedule across many of the devices you use, as well as synching your calendar with the people who are a part of your life.

3. Photo Sharing/Editing

Often, springing for expensive photo editing software is not an appealing option. Fortunately, a cloud-based application such as Picnik can give you FREE access to state-of-the-art Photoshop editing software. With a few mouse clicks you can download, edit, rotate, crop and share photos—and even throw in some impressive special effects—in true professional style. Be aware, though, that Picknik will be moving to Google+ in mid April, which is another great reason to become a part of the Google Cloud.

4. Backup Service

In today’s business and personal world, laptops and tablets are becoming a must-have. Regardless of how reliable these technological tools might be, crashes can still happen, resulting in a loss of critical data that could be disastrous.   Backing up your data on CDs and external hard drives is one solution, but the process is time-consuming and can still leave your data vulnerable. Fortunately, there are a number of cloud-based backup apps, such as Mozy and Windows Live Skydrive, that allow you to back up everything from photos to music to word files and other documents.

 5.   File protection

With all the web surfing that we do on a daily basis it’s important to have good antiviral software protection at all times. Thanks to the cloud there are a number of free antiviral apps that are very effective and very affordable. And if you’re looking for FREE, I personally recommend AVAST.  You can read more about Avast by clicking here.