Have you ever wanted to access your files from anywhere at anytime? For many people, flash drives and small USB devices act as their personal storage of files and they carry that drive with them everywhere. Just in case. The issue that arises, though, is when that drive breaks, it gets dropped, it gets a virus from a computer on it, and now those files are lost. I am sure we have all experienced a loss of this and it can be very frustrating to say the least.
However, with the onset of wireless access almost everywhere and mobility of the internet; why not give some “cloud” storage options a chance? Google Docs and Dropbox are the most prominent in cloud computing. You can create an account at the cloud software’s sites, www.google.com/docs, www.dropbox.com and upload your files to a storage center in the “cloud.” Your files will be accessible from anywhere there is a wireless or hard wired internet connection.
Dropbox and Google Docs also allow you to share your files with someone else. This makes for easy collaboration with other students, colleagues, and even family members. Quick, easy setup can allow you to share files with anyone you choose, keep your data safe, and there’s no cost to you.
If you are thinking about a new computer and want to keep your files safe, simply upload those files to the “cloud” and when your new computer arrives you can bring them back down. These software entities can act as your backup as well. Try this scenario on for size: you’re working on a word document at work and you want to go home and finish there, upload the file to Dropbox, head home and that file is there for you to work on. Want access to your term papers from home, because you’ve caught that nasty bug that’s going around campus, as long as you are connected to the internet your files are available from anywhere in the world. It is really that easy.
Having your files readily available from anywhere will make your life easier, so give it a try and watch how the cloud storage facilities will give you the mobility you need in our ever changing, more tech enabled world. Don’t be stuck to your desk, when you do not necessarily have to be!