A Very Cloudy World

October 1st, 2012

“Moreover, if your computers aren’t already cloud-connected devices, they will be soon. Apple is working hard to get all of its customers to use iCloud. Google’s entire operating system is cloud-based. And Windows 8, the most cloud-centric operating system yet, will hit desktops by the tens of millions in the coming year.”

As anyone who has spoken with me about this class at all knows, I am very uneducated when it comes to the technological world. In fact it’s taken me weeks to get the hang of this blogging thing and I still run into kinks every day. As a person who is not entirely sure how the “cloud” operates I must say, the above statement frightens me. When I think of the so-called technology cloud, I think of all of my information. All of my information floating out there in the world easily obtained by anyone with the technology skills I can’t seem to grasp. Being a child of the 90s of course I’ve grown up with social media and the obsession with computers that everyone has dived head first into. But that does not mean I have any idea of the interworkings of the system. Most of all my valuable information and files is stored with no more than a simple password that I tend to reuse over and over again.
Reading this article frightens me to no end about the information I could lose. It makes me want to start printing all of my photos, letters, and homework and put them in a big binder just to make sure I’ll never lose it. Maybe what I really need to do is learn more about how the cloud works so I can better protect myself. Otherwise I forsee spending hundreds of dollars to have the experts put in security systems that I could never hope to understand.

 




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