Storage As a Way of Life – Part 5 – To store or not to store, that is the question.
Now that we’ve juggled technical stuff with practical reality, its time to provide a few pet peeves, tips, and tricks to help us make decisions about safely and easily using our storage options. And I’m going to start with a couple of pet peeves.
In my opinion there are already too many storage providers and too many ways that you can simultaneously integrate a number them onto your computer, laptop, and (maybe) tablet. I found that more than two cloud services at a time is too many for me. The reason is that I forget where my stuff is located. And my first cardinal rule is NOT to put any of the same files or folders on more than one host. The first reason is that they don’t synchronize with each other – at all. And thats a huge problem for data integrity. I always want to know what I am working with at any time and trying to remember where it has been sent – and which version it is – is very difficult, especially when I am in a hurry.
The other peeve is logins and passwords on mobile devices. The programming of mobile devices and computers/laptops is vastly different – at least these days. So the operation of cookies and other validation techniques on computers is really different on mobile devices, at least in my experience. As well, the ability to change paths/drives/folders on mobile devices is also frought with danger, again in my experience. This only means that I don’t expect the same ease of operation – with cloud storage – on a mobile device as I do on a computer or laptop.
1. For productivity and performance and in a time crunch, keep your data a close to you as possible.
2. To eliminate risk, move most of your important data to another device or into the cloud after your time crunches are handled.
3. For privacy and security, keep your data close and then encrypt it and send it to the cloud.
4. Any data that will be untouched or unused for more than 30 days belongs elsewhere, either encrypted (for privacy) or archived. Just don’t forget where you put it.
5. Never put critical data on a thumb drive or a device that can be easily lost or stolen. (Smartphone?) I name my thumb drive folder “bicycle” because it’s a means to get from here to there only.
Thanks to our friends at SafeJunction