Cloud storage keeps files in a central place (i.e. the cloud). Users can either access the files directly or make changes to a local files and sync with the cloud. When one person makes a change, uploads to the cloud, next person downloads the files, makes the changes, upload or one person creates the material, uploads the files and then multiple people download and make changes simultaneously.
Sharing files from your cloud account has become a very common feature. This can take the form sharing through email addresses, sharing through social networks, sharing public links, or with collaborators using network accounts are some of the ways people send files to each other.
Many people who use cloud storage for sharing find it beneficial. This is because they already have their important files backed up to the server and they can easily share a file with someone without attachment in an email, upload it to an FTP or burn it to a CD/DVD. It speeds up the file sending process by a lot.
Also, cloud storage customers likes sharing because it offers more security and privacy. You can selectively choose which files you want to send and a method of sharing that fits your security preference.
• Email Sharing – Share files using email addresses. When a recipient gets the email, they can open the link to a secure area where they can download the files. Some cloud providers require the recipients have an account.
• Social Network Sharing – Posts a link on your social network’s profile that directs people back to the shared file
• Public URL Sharing – Creates a URL that links directly to your shared files. Anyone with the link can access these files.
• Pre-registered User Sharing – Requires that everyone is registered under a network of accounts, usually for business accounts. Teams can collaborate using the providers interface and makes it easy to share files between connected users
Cloud computing Advantages
• If you store your data on a cloud storage system, you’ll be able to retrieve data from any location that has Internet access.
• You don’t need to carry around a physical storage device or use the same computer to save and retrieve your data’s or information.
• If you have the proper storage system, you could even allow other people to access the data, turning a personal project into a collaborative effort.
How it’s Secure
Cloud computing – storing data and using application software “out there” in the cloud of Internet servers – is becoming more and more common.
Data theft is a second and more serious risk of cloud computing. It’s not that cloud-computing providers are sloppy about security.
Popular cloud storage services like Microsoft Skydrive and Google Drive will encrypt files as they travel between your computer and the cloud servers. So you don’t have to worry about hackers. Your files are protected by strong physical security measures.