What will outlive your computer, your smartphone, and even your filing cabinet? The Internet. You may be wary of outsourcing your documents to a remote location online, but in reality it’s the most secure way to ensure that your important files won’t be lost to the ravages of time.
Why The Cloud?
You are no doubt aware that there are plenty of physical ways to store your digital files: external hard drives, flash drives, and even memory cards are options, but none of these are as certain as Cloud storage. While all of these other things can be lost or crash, the Cloud cannot.
There are a number of different cloud storage options you can explore if you aren’t already using one, and they each have their own advantages.
Outsourcing Your Storage
The first step in storing your documents on the cloud is choosing which platform you want to use. Some of the most popular choices are Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, and OneDrive from Microsoft.
Google Drive is extremely user friendly, and since most people already have a Google account, it’s an easy progression with an extremely simple interface.
If you’re worried about security, you might want to use a service that you have to pay for, like Dropbox. There are plenty of other highly secure cloud options out there as well, but for the most part you won’t need anything that guarded. Once you have settled on which provider you want to use, you can go about backing your documents up to the cloud. This is as simple as dragging and dropping, or selecting “upload” and choosing your documents from the menu that appears.