Are you using cloud storage? If not, you should be. One of the most asked questions I get is “What is the cloud?” In simple terms, the cloud are servers all across the world where web applications and files are stored and accessed. It is basically just a marketing word for the internet. The second question I get is, “How can I use the cloud?” The most common way, is for storage. Cloud storage is one of the easiest ways to back up your files, and always keeps that important essay readily available when you need it. No more worrying about where you stored your thumb drive. These services act as a virtual hard drive in the sky where you can keep documents, music, movies, etc. Most of these services have a program you can download onto your PC that create a folder that you can easily drag and drop your files to and from. And because those files are stored on the internet, you can access them easily from any computer or smartphone using either the company’s website or app.
There are a number of different services to choose from that all offer different storage sizes, different features, and different pricing (if you choose to add more storage space outside of the free space they provide). My personal favorite is Skydrive by Microsoft, which offers 7Gb (that’s Gigabytes) of storage. It is integrated right into Windows 8 from the get go and is linked to your Microsoft account.
Another great alternative is Google Drive. If you’re a Boise State Student, there is high chance you have already used Google Drive as it’s linked to your Boise State email address. Google Drive offers up to 15Gb of free storage. A few others are Dropbox, Norton Vault, Box, and SugarSync. I suggest trying a few and finding which one works best for you.