What is this famous "Cloud" that everyone speaks of? Is it really up in the air? The Cloud has been around for many years and a lot of us have not realized that. Although the term may have been used several times a few years back, it has been around for as long as the Internet has existed. When people tend to refer to the Cloud, they refer to something that is not local but in another location. For example, by accessing websites such as: Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, etc, these are websites hosted on another computer somewhere in the world. Almost everything is hosted on a physical computer, its just a matter of where it is located. 

The Cloud also offers several types of data storage for end users to use. Common ones which you may have heard are: Google Drive, DropBox, OneDrive, iCloud. These services allow for end users to store their data offsite so that if their computer or device crashes, they know its safe in another backup location. Technology has helped us so much by making people feel safe by knowing their data can be retrieved if it becomes deleted locally. 

There is also that curious question that many people ask, "Is the Cloud safe to use?" As long as you don't store sensitive information such as social security numbers or tax information, then yes, you shouldn't worry about any information being compromised. It is also a good idea to keep your passwords strong for these types of accounts.