Getting started with cloud storage
Cloud storage is a fancy term for storing files on a remote computer; the advantage of this is that it allows you to access those files from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. It's still a relatively new concept for a lot of casual smartphone or computer users, but when your 16GB iPhone or 32GB Android-powered smartphone is running low on space, where do you store your stuff? This is where cloud storage comes in.
It can be a little confusing trying to figure out exactly what advantages one service offers over another. Also the idea of handing over all your data to a company to look after may seem a bit daunting, but that’s exactly the way people looked at banks when they first appeared! We’ll take a look at some of the more popular options out there to help you make a more informed decision.
Pick a cloud storage service to find out more:
You'll see that there is a fair bit of variation between services, in terms of how they’re operated, what they’ll do and also how much they cost. The most important thing though is that they all give you the option of a free trial. Obviously, if there’s a certain feature you need then that will help you narrow down which service to opt for, but the best thing you can do is road test each one and see which one works well for you.
Because the UK broadband infrastructure still a little lacking and there can be massive amounts of data involved in syncing your device's data with a cloud storage account, we’d still favour using an external drive for your main backup. However, you can never have too many backups and it’s definitely good practice to use a cloud-based service as a secondary backup for those really important files.