in the clouds

I was reading an techy article online the other day and I have been baffled by term cloud computing. My mate Mr Gates is right into it, as are a number of other IT providers. I do not want to appear an ignoramus so I’ve had to do a bit of research.

In a nut shell, cloud computing are IT services that are provided via the internet. In the future (well now actually), instead of buying your SME accounting package from the local IT shop, you can access it from any web browser. So it doesn’t matter whether you’re sitting at your work computer or at home – as long as you have access to the internet, you will be fine.

But it raises an interesting question for those scared of computers and the internet. Do I really want all that information whizzing around in cyber space for naughty people to hack into? Personally, it doesn’t bother me. I know I have good passwords and I only deal with reputable sites so those naughty people are going to have to work mighty hard to get in the front (or back) door.

But what do you do with the sites where security is not a top priority? Cross your fingers or find another provider? …the choice is yours.

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