Good Question: What Is The Cloud?

I was interviewed last night about “The Cloud” by WCCO’s Heather Brown in her popular Good Question series.

Heather Brown WCCO

Click on the photo below to read my interview with Heather and pick up a couple of cybersecurity tips you can take to protect yourself.

What is the Cloud?

Most are referring to the Apple product, iCloud – a service that allows people to store their music videos and photos on remote servers. But experts say the cloud is far larger than that.

“The cloud is a network of services provided by a computer server on the public internet,” said John J. Carney, a digital forensics expert with Carney Forensics. “The cloud can sometimes be thought of as the Internet or, alternatively, the web.”

Carney says people are probably on the cloud every hour they’re on the internet.
“Most people may not be specifically aware they’re using the cloud,” he said.

“It’s new technology, and it’s hard to understand what it means and how it’s used,” Carney said.

Carney believes storing information on the cloud is safe as long as you use a strong password. Two factor authentication, where you enter a password and then you get a message — text or email — with a special code you enter as well, is also a good option for more protection.