Cloud computing programs let you access powerful software (usually with a monthly membership) while the programs live on web servers and not on your hard drive, meaning you don’t have to worry about installing, updating and uninstalling. Most of these cloud-based programs have mobile apps, so you can truly access your information no matter where you are or what kind of device you’re using.
This is where the power of the Cloud really makes a difference, because through Cloud-based storage, you can access, edit and share many more documents than your mobile phone or tablet PC could store locally, without slowing down your device or maxing out your storage. Google Docs, SugarSync, Box.net, and Dropbox all have mobile apps, making it easy to grab your documents no matter where you are.
Many apps also allow you to email documents as attachments, which is a nice back-up storage option. Be wary, however, of relying on email if your document is large or your WiFi connection is of questionable strength. Remember, too, that if you’re using a public WiFi connection in a hotel or airport, your data is not encrypted so don’t email or upload sensitive files until you have a secure connection. Also, mobile plans differ in the way they charge for data usage, especially if you’re using your own Internet hot spot, so make sure you understand your phone plan pricing or you could be in for a surprise when your next bill arrives.
Excerpted from 30 Days to Virtual Productivity Success by Gail Martin. Order this book at http://amzn.com/1601632266