When your computer is your business, the threat of a cyber attack or a computer malfunction is never that far from your mind. The last thing you need is to either have someone else accessing your private information, knocking your computer out so that it is unusable or your hard drive having a meltdown. Fortunately, as with most things, the more people start to work from home and set up online businesses the more developers are coming up with ways to protect your technology. Here are a few examples of how you can secure your data away from just your at home hard drive to give you peace of mind.
First of all, one of the most popular forms of alternative data storage. Since cloud computing first came to be realized in the early 2000s, it has developed into a juggernaut of the tech world. In fact, in the present day, most major companies like Apple and Google offer their own cloud storage facility. But what exactly is it? Cloud computing is the name given to the use of a network of remote servers hosted online which allow the user to store, manage and process data away from their personal computer or local server. There are many advantages to business for using a cloud system, one of which is the heightened security. Additionally, the cloud has fewer operational issues and in the long term should save you money because of a lack of a need for local IT support.
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There are alternatives to cloud computing which use similar methods. One of those is a Virtual Private Server (VPS). Similar to the cloud, a VPS is a remote server which provides a data storage solution. However, one of its main differences is that it is a private server – meaning only the user can access this server virtually. The benefits of a private server include complete freedom to manage your server as you wish and it also tends to be very efficient because the user is not sharing the power of the server. A VPS comes with two different operating system options, Windows or Linux. Currently, among businesses and developers, Linux VPS is the more popular choice, but it really comes down to user preference. One of the significant benefits of a VPS is its security because only you will have access to your server. That means that all of your files will be private and inaccessible to others.
These are just two options available to you if you are starting a business from home, or currently operating one and are looking for ways to utilize the power of flexible computing. Being informed about the future of remote access technology will also allow you to get one step ahead of competitors and be prepared for expanding your business, because you will be cloud ready.