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 has developed five tips for understanding cloud storage.
- 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, multimedia messages, and call logs. The type of data you’re planning to store should determine which service you choose. Simply download the Verizon Cloud app from the app store on your smartphone or tablet to get started.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The holidays have always been a time to capture special memories through photos and videos. Now that the holiday season has ended, it is time to save those photos and videos to the Verizon Cloud. Through the cloud, users don’t have to worry about losing content if they lose or change devices.
In addition, for lines on The Verizon Plan that switched from The MORE Everything Plan and lines currently on The MORE Everything Plan, 25 GB of Verizon Cloud storage is included. When you add a new line on The Verizon Plan, you can get 5 GB free storage.
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