We keep hearing about “cloud computing” but the average computer user may not really understand what the term means.
Almost all computer users have been using cloud-based computing services for quite a while. Cloud computing allows you to have all of your mobile devices in sync and being able to access all of you private data at any time. Examples of cloud computing that you might be aware of are Gmail and Google Docs.
This type of computing means that your computing is location-independent; it does not matter where you are. The processing occurs in an unknown location. In a cloud, you can sync up your data between all of your devices and access shared data – like data from social network sites, blogs, banks, and newsrooms. Cloud users do not own the servers and rent their usage from third-party vendors.
This convenience is great but are there any concerns or pitfalls you should be concerned about?
- Your cloud of personal information connects to other people’s personal clouds – and to the public cloud itself. Every place on the Internet – as well as every person — that you visit can be connected to each other. You can determine what you want to make public or private. But some privacy experts complain about the ease that the companies that run the cloud servers can monitor your communications or data without your permission. Social networks will have to develop more levels of privacy than what exists currently; privacy may be one of the biggest concerns.
- Security of your data is also a concern; however, the cloud companies spend significant resources to ensure the security of the data. An organization called Cloud Security Alliance is one of the several organizations that have been formed to promote best practices in security for cloud computing. Security of your data is also another important concern.
Over the long run, cloud computing may lead to devices that can predict your next move and desire. While this may seem unnecessary, cloud computing is a part of our world that will only continue to grow.