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Cloud services, as wonderful as they are, are not perfect. And there are some disadvantages. Let's take a quick look at some of them right now. There's the ongoing expenditure. Now, many services allow free access for a certain amount of storage, which, if you're not using a lot of photos, if you're not, you know, backing a lot of stuff up, might do you. But for heavy users, at some point they're going to run into some costs, so that is a consideration.
Poor bandwidth can get you. Cloud services are wonderful as long as you can get to them. But, if your bandwidth get stymied then that can be a problem. More vulnerable to hacking, yes. Because, you know, they're out there. And there are black cats who love to break into these services and get account information. And I don't think any of us like that. And the service can be discontinued. It can go away. So let's take a closer look at some of these disadvantages. The dollar amount, generally speaking, when you sign up for a Cloud service, you can do so for free initially.
And this is nice because it gives you chance to get a feel for how it works and if it's something that is right for you. As you continue to use it and as you need more storage space though, you're probably going to end up paying a monthly or annual fee. And at that point you may want to start comparing services to see which one is the best value for you. The bandwidth thing, now this is a thing that gets to me a lot because I travel. When I'm at home or in my studio I have great bandwidth and I love Cloud services.
And then I go down to the coffee shop or a restaurant and I'm trying to do something that might not be quite as good and I'm not quite as in love with my Cloud services. And then I get to my hotel room that has terrible bandwidth and I hate Cloud services. So, you know, it's really interesting that depending on how your bandwidth goes at how you feel about these Cloud services. They are definitely tied together. And then there are the black cats and this is just a fact of life, I think I get nervous whenever I read about a big service being hacked into and I'm thinking, oh thank goodness that wasn't mine.
But maybe next time it will be. And this is a fact of online life. And it is something, if we're using a commercial service, that we have to be aware of. And it may influence whether we use Cloud services only, or it's just part of our overall strategy. And then, services do go away. I had a MobileMe account that I liked a lot and Apple discontinued it. They replaced it with iCloud and the transition was a little clunky and I did lose some galleries, unfortunately.
I was a big fan over Everpix and that has gone away, it was a start up and they ran out of funding. So, these services do go away, but by the same token, you're not limited to using just one Cloud service. So, if there's one that you like, but it's a start up and you're maybe a little nervous about it, have a second service also and in case something does happen, to the one that you love, you still have a bit of a safety net there. So, the disadvantages are there. Generally speaking, I don't think they outweigh the advantages of Cloud backup, but depending on how you feel about these, I think will influence whether you are using Cloud service solely, or they are just part of your overall backup strategy.
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