Although the invention of the Cloud has induced numerous benefits into the world of data sharing, no cloud service can do absolutely everything. While some platforms are rockstars in terms of music streaming, they can’t really brag about syncing desktop folders; some are excellent for file sharing, but lack in terms of document history revision.
Luckily, there are many options from which to choose your desired cloud service, based on your needs, such as Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive, Amazon Cloud Drive, etc. With this in mind, we’ve come up with tips on making the best out of your cloud storage.
Music StreamingWhen it comes to the musical aspect of sharing platforms, Amazon Cloud drive is the best way to go. Offering the well-designed Cloud Player, you can seamlessly and easily stream stored music files, so long as you are connected to the Internet. This neat app is available for both Android and iOS users, offering 5GB of free storage. However, the best part, with regards to this app, is the fact that, should you buy your tracks from the online retailer’s MP3 store, these files will not affect your storage limit.
Yet another cool cloud based platform, extremely beneficial for music streaming is the famed Google Play (there is a reason why this one used to go under the name of Google Music). Unlike its mentioned counterpart, this one offers 20,000 songs to be stored onto iCloud for $25 annually. The fact that all the tracks and iTunes playlists are synced across your PC and iOS devices, makes this sharing service quite convenient for Apple users.
Document Version ControlIt is a well-known fact that Google Docs cloud storage comes with a built-in version-control system, enabling you to go back and view past versions of a shared document, but you were probably unaware of the fact that both SkyDrive and Dropbox have similar services in offer.
SkyDrive offers version history reviews, by simply selecting a file and choosing the Previous Versions option.
Dropbox has devised a different approach, however, by keeping a snapshot of every saved file within the previous 30 days. If you accidentally lose a part of your text document, but have saved a version of that file to Dropbox in the past month, you can recover it by simply clicking the View Previous Versions option from the context menu. So long as you have Internet access, this option will take you to a Web page, containing your latest file saves, with all the revision dates and information with regards to who changed the file.
Keep It SafeDownsides to the world of cloud do exist however, and mostly comprise security issues. There are many ways to make sure that your cloudspace remains hacker-free. The best way to insure your file safety is by utilizing encryption. pCloud is an encrypted cloud storage service, which offers you the option of backing up desired files to the cloud, syncing them across connected devices.
There are other ways of approaching safety issues, with regards to encryption. For example, you could opt for encrypting your files and data individually and locally, before storing it in cloud spaces, such as SkyDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.
Additionally, remote control software offers you full control over any synced devices at all times – a perfect tool for a business owner or an entrepreneur.
If you are thinking about avoiding the use of cloud-based systems, perhaps you should reconsider. Not only are the benefits huge and vast, but without using such a system, you’re risking falling behind your competitors in speed of service, a crucial thing in the modern world.