The Cloud: 95% of You Are Using It, You're Just Not Realizing It


The cloud is all the rage lately. So much so, that 95% of people are using cloud services today. The only problem is that most users aren't even aware of the fact they are. A third of these people actually think it has to do with the weather - sigh. To dispel any confusion right away, the cloud has nothing to do with the weather and everything to do with the Internet.

The cloud refers to an application that is hosted or run on Internet servers. Many are familiar with companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Flickr, and Apple who all have servers or server farms where they store your media.

The cloud can be a super valuable tool, if people could just be taught exactly what it is, and the myriad of ways one can use it. The most common misconceptions are that people: believe the "workplace of the future" will exist entirely in the cloud, that stormy weather can interfere with cloud computing, and that the cloud has something to do with the weather.

People need to understand that they use it without realizing it. File-sharing programs, storing music or videos in iTunes, storing photos, playing games, and cruising social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter; are activities that involve the cloud.

For many, their main concern are cost, security and privacy. With any new technology, there will be concerns about criminals bypassing security barriers and gaining access to our sensitive and personal information. And, like with all new technology, its gaining popularity and increased use, will bring about better security safeguards, and will in turn keep our personal information protected.

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Source: ZoneAlarm

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Kelsey Cox

Kelsey Cox is a Director of Communications at Column Five Media, a creative agency that specializes in infographics, data visualization, and visual campaigns in Newport Beach, Calif.

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