More and more, individuals and businesses are turning to the cloud for data storage. For some, the primary reason is that the cloud is the easiest, surest way to back up photos, e-mails and all sorts of documents. Others choose the cloud because of space – the cloud makes a great storage option if the sheer volume of data on your computer threatens to overwhelm it.
But for many computer users, there is a nagging doubt: Are my files really safe in the cloud, or do I need to back up the backup? The debate has gotten more intense as cloud data storage has become widespread – despite some headline-making failures.
The whole phenomenon of cloud computing is evolving. Debates also rage about ownership of and access to data in the cloud. The answer largely depends on individual circumstances: How good is the cloud storage service you're using? And how vital is the data you're storing?
For most data that's of relatively minor importance, cloud storage is probably OK. For essential data, you might want to think seriously about the need for backup.
Coming up with a good answer means understanding what's involved. Learn more about cloud storage in the next section.