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Most businesses use the cloud these days — the network of servers that host services on the internet — to store, manage and process at least some of their data.
Examples include Google Drive, Dropbox, and iCloud.
Read on for some of the things to consider when deciding which one to use.
You should be able to access data anywhere and anytime you can get online, including on a smartphone.
But keep in mind, if you can access it anywhere attackers can too. If you have to access sensitive information out of the office, do it on a secure connection — not an open network or public Wi-Fi hotspot. Make sure staff working from home use a secure Wi-Fi network.
You could store your data in the cloud rather than relying solely on a hard drive. It means you won’t lose access to it if something happens to your hard drive. To keep sensitive data secure on the cloud, be sure to encrypt it, limit access to authorised people only, and turn on two-factor authentication. Some cloud services encrypt files for you.
Check how much storage you’ll need, now and in the future. The cloud can be cheaper when it comes to scaling up your needs.
Cloud services offer levels of service that cater for a range of business sizes and budgets. If you don’t need 24/7 support the costs can be much lower.
Usually, it is very easy to change services. Notice times will be in your contract. Be sure to know what happens to your data if you want to switch providers, and how easy and secure it will be to transfer it.
All the Best,
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