Computer Basics: What is the Cloud?

Computer Basics: What is the Cloud?

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You may have heard people using terms like the cloud, cloud computing, or cloud storage. But what exactly is the cloud? Basically, the cloud is the internet – more specifically, it’s all of the things that you can access remotely over the internet. When something is in the cloud, that means it is stored on servers on the internet, instead of on your computer. It lets you access your calendar, email, files and more, from any computer that has an internet connection.

There are many reasons to use the cloud, but the main reasons are convenience and reliability. In the past, if you wanted to bring a file with you, you would have to save it to a USB flash drive, external hard drive, or CD-R disc. Saving a file to the cloud ensures that you’ll be able access it with any computer that has an internet connection, so you don’t have any physical media to keep track of. The cloud also makes it much easier to share a file with coworkers or friends, making it possible to collaborate over the internet.

With the cloud, you’re much less likely to lose your data, since it is stored on servers. However, just like anything online, there is always a risk that someone may try to gain access to your personal data, so it’s important to choose a strong password and pay attention to any privacy settings for the service you’re using.

To learn more about the cloud, watch the following video.

If you are interested in learning more about this topic, please visit our site to view the entire tutorial on our website. It includes instructional text, informational graphics, examples, and even interactives for you to practice and apply what you’ve learned.

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The Niknuks says:

The cloud sounds like a good idea.

Mano b says:

thanks for the video , I am planning to rent a cloud server from http://www.datasoft.ws

Aleksandar says:

So online servers have good meteorite protectors , am I right?

Sneh Lata says:

really helpful for beginners a must watch

Yousuf Alam says:

So simple to understand!

Lisa Dixon says:

Have to ask, back in my HTML days, I'd make websites and occasionally try to make guestbooks (oh the days when that sort of stuff was posted on sites and you could copy and paste and manipulate it and make it your own) or even rudimentary email. Anyway, there was something called a cgi-bin that I never quite got the hang of but seemed kind of crucial for email. Do these cloud based apps still require that or has that completely changed? Thanks,

Lisa Dixon says:

I'm sorry, I just want to be a butt, but if there is a rogue meteorite in your living room you are probably not going to survive it either.
And as for checking your email "while traveling"— don't text and drive!!! ūüėČ

Israel Rodriguez says:

please please, what's the name of the background music?!!

Medwyn Olo says:

Great video!

TicParaTodos says:

Buen contenido,  tengo un vídeo donde trato el tema del cloud computing desde un punto de vista general. Me gustaría tener tu opinión sobre el mismo. Saludos y mucha suerte.

WorkTools123 says:

Also: What is the name of the animation software you use? Many thanks.

WorkTools123 says:

Excellent video: Very clear definition and beautifully executed. I did a slightly more business-focused overview here: https://youtu.be/iiIx61lfEn0 . Love to get your comments.

GCFLearnFree.org says:

You may have heard people using terms like the #cloud or cloud computing or maybe even cloud storage. But what exactly is the cloud? Find out in this 3-minute video.

El ton says:

Thanks, very simple and direct

John K says:

Hacking is the problem here, but it is the unequivocally perfect idea.

Diane Loverich says:

thanks!  easy to understand description.

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