The cloud. If you use a computer or cell phone, odds are you’ve heard of it. Often. Over the past ten years or so, this term has become increasingly common in everything from how we store our personal photos to how we do business.
But, what is the cloud? Why does it matter, and why should you trust it? We’re hoping this post can help answer that question for you. Because when you fully understand it, you’ll be able to fully unlock the incredible capabilities it offers across all sorts of use cases.
What is it?
Cloudflare, a leader in cloud services, provides this technical definition: Servers that are accessed over the internet, and the software and databases that run on those servers.
Here’s what that means in a more comprehensible way: the cloud allows you to store data through the internet. As a result, you can access stored data on almost any device, from almost anywhere in the world. Consequently, you can access stored data globally on a device of your choosing. In doing so, numerous benefits and opportunities open up.
Reduced risk of losing data
Storing your information through the internet may sound dangerous. Rest assured, the cloud is built to make your experience more secure. One of the main ways it does this is by greatly reducing the chances of human error.
Think about how storing files traditionally works. Let’s say you wanted to write and save a contract. You’d open up a word processing program, type it out, and save it on your computer. That file exists there, and only there.
Sounds secure, right? Not exactly. If that computer is lost or damaged, odds are all of the information on it would be gone too. Same goes for if that computer was hacked or compromised. The cloud, on the other hand, stores information in a decentralized fashion, so if one of your devices fails, you can still access your files through other means.
More protection than physical documents
From fires to floods to theft to simple misplacement, there are many ways for important physical documents, like wills, to get damaged, lost, or destroyed.
Storing files on the cloud negates almost all physical threats to your data. After you upload copies of your physical files to the cloud, you can still hold on to them the same way you usually do. That way, you get more security and the added peace of mind that comes with it without much extra effort.
Top-tier data centers and IT
Cloud-based data is generally stored on servers run by cloud providers or companies they contract through. That means that instead of you being the sole person ensuring the integrity of your data, you have massive teams of the world’s top cybersecurity experts taking care of it for you.
Reliable security is the lifeblood of businesses that provide cloud services. So, they invest every single asset they have to ensure your information is as secure as it could possibly be.
Encryption, encryption, encryption
Encryption involves encoding data to make it nearly impossible for bad actors to access it. Cloud software utilizes cutting-edge encryption to a high degree. By doing so, the data that travels from your device to the cloud servers becomes nearly useless and unreadable to anyone who lacks the sophisticated decoding information needed to translate it.
This is important because of how frequent the question “if this information is sent through the internet, instead of stored on my computer, isn’t that less secure?” pops up. Encryption is the answer, and why you’re able to rest easy while enjoying the convenience of the cloud.
The Cloud and NoticeConnect
NoticeConnect and the Canada Will Registry use the cloud to provide our clients with their required high level of discretion and security. If you work with us, your data will be stored exclusively in Canada, as we use the secure data centres trusted by Canadian financial institutions and government. Server access is monitored and restricted.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Canada Will Registry and our security processes, check out the Privacy and Security section, or read this blog post about how we keep customer passwords secure.