The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.This is a follow-up to a Plus Edition article I published a few days ago, entitled (+) How to Protect Files Stored on a USB Flash Drive. Flash drives may need extra security protection because they are often used to transport information and can easily be lost or stolen. If you do not add extra protection, any person who "recovers" your flash drive could read everything that is stored on the tiny device. That might include sensitive information that you do not wish to share with strangers. Luckily, it is easy to add protection, as described in my earlier article that is still available at http://eogn.com/wp/?p=25565.
Storing information "in the cloud" has a few similar security issues, although not as many. Luckily, those issues are also easily solved. Let's start first with a definition of the cloud.
What is The Cloud?
The word "cloud" is a collective term. The cloud is not a single thing. Rather, it is an agglomeration of hardware, software, data, and networks. It exists in thousands of data centers located around the world. No one company or government controls the cloud; it is a collection of many things owned and operated by thousands of different corporations and non-profit organizations.
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