Cloud Computing refers to storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of locally on your computer's hard drive.

The Cloud is just a metaphor for the Internet.

Most cloud services can be accessed through a Web browser like Internet ExplorerGoogle ChromeMicrosoft Edge and Firefox but some companies offer dedicated mobile apps.

The benefit of the cloud is that because the remote computers handle much of the computing and storage, you don’t necessarily need an expensive, high-end machine to get your work done and to store & backup large amounts of data.

Many of the applications that you use each day are cloud based and not stored on your device, like FacebookNetflixYouTubeGmail and Yahoo Mail.

Cloud data storage also offers a convenient and flexible method of storing and backing up your data.

You can access and update your data from home, work, on your Smart Phone & tablet as well as any public device as long as you have a secure internet connection. You can even share specific items of data with friends and colleagues giving them the option to update it or just look at it.

The down side is that without an Internet connection you cannot access any of your data or cloud-based programs.

A guide to Cloud Computing can be found at the following links:

To start using Cloud storage facilities you need to sign-up with a Cloud data service provider such as:

Typically they will offer up to 15GB of storage free of charge.

Anything over that and you will have to pay.

Guides to choosing a Cloud provider can be found at the following links:

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