Cloud Storage 101

The digital content we consume has become increasingly richer and of higher volume, taking up more space on our computers, phones and tablets than ever before. To avoid running out of valuable storage capacity, many have turned to cloud services to back up files, stream content and sync information across devices.

But cloud storage can raise a lot of questions for someone not familiar with the technology. What type of content can go in the cloud? Are my files secure? How much capacity do I need? To help answer these questions and others, Verizon Wireless has developed five tips for understanding cloud storage. 

  1. Pick the solution that’s right for your needs. Not all cloud storage solutions are built to handle the same kind of data. Many are great for storing documents, spreadsheets and presentations, but don’t offer music or video streaming features. The Verizon Cloud allows users to back-up and sync contacts, pictures, videos, music, documents, text and multimedia messages, and call logs.  The type of data you’re planning to store should determine which service you choose. 

  2. When in doubt, go bigger. Cloud storage capacity comes in all sizes. You may only need 25 GB of space today but you never know what type of content you’ll be using tomorrow. Selecting a larger capacity size initially gives you more flexibility for the future. Adding additional storage later on is easy to do should you need to. 

  3. Keep track of how much storage you are using. Once you’ve selected how much capacity you need, be mindful of the storage limits of your particular cloud service. Certain files, like photos and videos, take up more space than Microsoft Word documents or text files. Pay attention to how much storage you’re using to avoid any surprises when you try to upload a file. 

  4. Encrypt your cloud. If you’re planning to use the cloud to store and access sensitive materials, make sure you’re doing all you can to keep your files secure. Data ownership in the cloud and cloud security are major issues, so it is important to encrypt the content you store to make sure your information is safe from potential cyber threats. 

  5. Use secure devices to access the cloud. Another way to avoid potential security threats to the cloud is by ensuring that you only access your cloud storage from trusted devices. Make sure that the proper security features are installed on all of your devices – including your computer, smartphone and tablet – and never connect to the cloud from a device that doesn’t have these security measures in place.

Verizon Wireless Cloud users can click here for more helpful tips for understanding and using their cloud service.