There is so much advice out there for students, but it usually revolves around how to study effectively or how to write a convincing essay. However, there are more fundamental things that need to get sorted first. For example, where should you store all that hard work you’ve been doing? The obvious place is on your computer, but if your computer fails, this could be disastrous. It is a good idea to have an external hard drive as a backup, but even this could get damaged or go missing. Instead, have you considered using the cloud? Read on for all the pros and cons of switching to this storage method.

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Benefits of the Cloud

The main benefit of using cloud storage is that it can be accessed from any device. As long as you have an internet connection, all you need to do is login to access all of your files. As with any other website, your password can be reset if forgotten meaning it is extremely unlikely you’d have no access to your files whatsoever. Furthermore, cloud storage is usually very easy to use. You can often drag and drop from your computer’s hard drive to your cloud desktop folder. There are even some cloud storage services which will automatically backup all the files on your computer. For example, for just £30 a year, KnowHow Cloud allows users to backup 500gb of files, photos, videos and music.

Drawbacks to Consider

Most of the disadvantages of using cloud storage will be dependent on the service that you choose to use. High prices and low bandwidth may be off putting for many students. For example, Apple iCloud costs the same as the KnowHow Cloud, but will only provide 200gb of space compared to KnowHow’s 500gb. However, Apple offer the option to buy more or less storage depending on your needs. This means that you will have to do the research to ensure you are getting the best deal and will therefore require more of your time.

There are also concerns about the safety and security of using cloud storage. Hackers have made the news recently for accessing the private photographs of celebrities and making them public. This has raised concerns that your files and data may not be safe online. This data could be accessed by corporations and governments, impacting on your right to privacy.

Overall, the cloud offers a fast, easy and cheap way to backup your files. There are many different services available so don’t just pick the first one you stumble upon, but instead do your research. Also consider keeping sensitive information off the cloud unless you are confident you can avoid phishing emails that may provide hackers with your login details.

 

This wonderful post was written by Jane Sadwood for 3RC. Thank you for another outstanding job!