So, why am I writing about “the cloud”? As technology continues to advance, I’m challenged (in a healthy way) to keep up with my technical skills and all the options available for saving, syncing and sharing digital photos and other important documents; and I want to share that information with you. If you’re looking into cloud backup or storage options for your digital photos and/or other documents; this is for you; whether or not you are currently using a cloud service, or just getting started.
You’ve heard of “the Cloud”, but do you know what it is? Do you know how it can benefit you?
“the Cloud” Basics
What “the Cloud” is not; “the Cloud” is not some big storage space sitting out somewhere in the sky collecting and returning information.
“the Cloud” simply refers to any file (document, photo, video), data, or program that is stored over the Internet, not on your computer. Office 365, Google Docs, DropBox are just a few examples of services that store these files or run programs over the Internet. These services are actually utilizing computers in data centers to store your information. As opposed to when you store data (or run programs) on your computer or hard drive, that’s called local storage computing.
While researching information for another blog article, I ran across an article where Shutterfly was sued for using facial recognition in their database. So, I had to jump on this as facial recognition and tagging are used more and more in photo sharing sites. So what is facial recognition and tagging? And, how does it affect you? In order for us to learn about facial recognition, we need to take a look at tagging first.
I was doing further research this morning about Facebook deleting secret photos. The keyword here is secret, and believe this is if you have turned on syncing with your mobile device.
Anyway, what really caught my eye was something I had not seen before. You know all those fun games that people play on Facebook? Telling them who would have their back in a certain situation? Well I haven’t played those in a while because I was aware of those apps accessing my privacy. But did you know you can further control what others can access about you when they use that “fun” game? I state “fun” loosely here.