- What is the cloud and why do I need it?
The “Cloud” is a storage area outside of your computer to keep all of the information that you have created (documents, pictures, music, address book, calendar). It assures us that no matter what happens to our computers (the hard drive fails, the operating system fails, the computer gets lost or stolen), we will not lose our data. It also gives us the ability to access our data from anywhere in the world, even if we don't have access to our computers. We can use either a Windows or an Apple computer and it could even be a friend's computer or a public computer (not really recommended). Our data is secure because we use a User Name (often our email address) and a password to access the cloud (just like the key to our house). The companies that have created the “Cloud” have gone to extreme measures to make sure the “Cloud” is secure and will properly store our data. We can even access our data from our smart phones (iPhone) and our tablets (iPad). Apple users have access to iCloud and Windows users have access to One Drive. There are additional Cloud storage sites offered by Google, Amazon, Dropbox and others.
Before you leave Palm Beach for the summer-make sure your computer data is backed up and your computer has all current updates. If your computer is running slowly or is more than 3-4 years old, it might be a good time to replace it. I can help you determine if your computer just needs a tune-up or if it is time to replace it with a much faster Windows 10 or Apple computer. If you are using an iPad (tablet) or iPhone (smart phone), it is important to make sure they are automatically backing up to the 'cloud' and have the current updates. Please call me at (561) 252-5641 and I can advise and assist you.
The latest “telephone scam”- I was working with a client recently and she got a phone call from a person with an accent telling her she was entitled to a rebate of $200 on a recent purchase. All she had to do was fill out a form online and the caller was going to assist her if she turned on her computer and gave him remote access to the computer. Once a caller has access to your computer, you are at their mercy and it could cost you hundreds of dollars. If you have had this happen, please call me (even if your computer seems fine now) because these 'crooks' still have access and can steal confidential information from you in the future. I can 'clean' your computer and lock them out for good.
Next Month: Two simple ways to never lose your passwords again (and more).