Yesterday we introduced you to the idea of a personal cloud. Click here if you haven’t checked out that article yet.  Today, we’ll take on some of the most-asked questions about personal clouds.

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Does this outdate other storage mediums? Do I need one to keep up-to-date with technology?

Don’t worry — other storage mediums aren’t going anywhere! If you’re worried that these personal clouds may render your current medium of choice obsolete, don’t be. Personal clouds are just as much a threat to USB and portable hard disk storages than service-based clouds are, and they didn’t make other storage mediums redundant.

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In short, you shouldn’t purchase a personal cloud in order to ‘keep up with technology’; only if you believe you’ll personally get good usage from it. If you prefer to store your data another way, keep going with it!

How much are they?

It depends on how much storage you’d like. If you’re on the lower end of the range, you can pick up a personal cloud around 1-2TB at around $100-$120. The further you go up the storage sizes, the more it costs; 4TB personal clouds can easily go for $160, for instance.

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As usual, don’t rush out and purchase the first cloud you see! As is true with all computer hardware, different brands will carry different levels of quality. You’ll usually end up having to pay more for a higher quality cloud, but it’s important to remember that this will be the backup device for your important data. It’s worth paying a little extra to make sure your data is kept safe and secure!

Are they safe?

Given that some personal clouds can be accessed from any computer over the internet, does that mean they’re very unsafe? What are the chances that people can access your cloud and hack into your personal files?

The way a cloud handles the online functionality of its service will depend from server to server. Some cloud services handle it by allowing you to access it through a public IP address, and others may offer an app or piece of software you have to open to access your files. The key thing to note is that, unlike public cloud providers, your cloud is unknown to people wishing to crack into clouds to access private data. As long as you keep your information safe, it should be kept very safe from attackers; the only way someone could potentially access your cloud is if someone was randomly checking IPs for a storage device; basically, you’re pretty safe!

That’s all for now about personal clouds. What do you think about them?

~ Simon