Critics complain cloud computing is dangerous because of possible data loss, but the risks can be minimized.
- E-mail. If you use Gmail or another web-based e-mail system, consider using an e-mail application, like Mail or Outlook, to make sure all of your messages are downloaded from the server and stored on your computer.
- Data storage. Some products, like Dropbox, store everything online and on your actual hard drive. Even if you do not have internet access, you have every file that was up-to-date the last time you were online.
- Backups. Even if your data is stored online, you should still be able to download everything to make regular backups.
- Security. Be careful who you entrust with your files. Admittedly, there is more of risk of a security breach when your client files are floating out there on the internet, but choose a service provider you feel confident in and do some research to make sure it truly is secure.
Cloud computing is not perfect, but it can help you increase productivity by allowing you to have multiple workstations at multiple locations.
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