Take Control of the Cloud
Take Control of the Cloud


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Take Control of the Cloud

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Completed on 2014-04-22

About the Book

What, exactly, is a “cloud” service and how can you make smart decisions about which ones to use and how to set them up? Join award-winning author Joe Kissell as he pins down nebulous cloud concepts, helps you evaluate claims about cloud services, and points out how to enhance your privacy and security in the Cloud.

You can read this approachable ebook quickly in your recliner, deck chair, or airplane seat, but you’ll want to pull it out again next time youre considering signing up for yet another cloud-based service, whether that service is for data storage, syncing, or sharing, or it’s an application, or something else. Along with lists of popular, recommended, or interesting cloud-based services, Joe provides advice on desirable (and undesirable) features. And, if you’d like still more control over your data, there’s a special chapter about setting up your own personal cloud.

Teach This Book! Do you need to give a presentation concerning the Cloud? We’d like to help. This ebook includes links to a downloadable one-page PDF handout and to a PDF-based slide deck that you can show on any computer or mobile device.

Here’s what you’ll find inside Take Control of the Cloud:

  • 18 essential FAQs about the Cloud
  • What’s special about modern-day, cloud-based data syncing
  • Why it’s so hard to mingle calendars from different services
  • How using the Cloud can reduce your hardware costs
  • Popular cloud apps and what they can do for you
  • How to run Windows or Linux in the Cloud
  • Why Adobe Creative Cloud is a lame example of cloud computing
  • What a VPS (virtual private server) is, and why you might want one
  • Who are the big players who want to grab your cloud data
  • How to avoid the weak points when it comes to cloud security
  • Why you should back up to and from the Cloud
  • How to know if a particular cloud service is right for you
  • Barriers and benefits to running your own personal cloud
  • How to choose hardware and software for a personal cloud
  • Free download of a cheat sheet and training materials about the Cloud

About the Author

Joe Kissell
Joe Kissell

Joe Kissell has written numerous books about technology, including many popular Take Control ebooks, with an emphasis on Apple products. He's also Senior Editor of TidBITS and a Senior Contributor to Macworld, and previously spent ten years in the Mac software industry.

Table of Contents

  • Read Me First
    • Updates and More
    • Links
  • Introduction
  • Cloud Concepts: The FAQ
    • FAQ Topics
  • Cloud Storage
    • Cloud Storage Basics
    • Cloud Storage Capabilities
    • Example Cloud Storage Providers
    • Other Cloud Storage Factors to Consider
  • Cloud Syncing
    • Overview of Cloud Syncing Services
    • Cloud Syncing Data Types
    • Cloud Syncing Providers
    • Cloud Syncing Features to Look For
  • Cloud Apps
    • Productivity Apps
    • Entertainment from the Cloud
  • Other Cloud Services
    • Virtual Private Servers
    • Computing Engines
    • Everything Else
  • Privacy and Security in the Cloud
    • Privacy in the Cloud
    • Security in the Cloud
  • The Cloud and Backups
    • Backing Up Stuff to the Cloud
    • Backing Up Stuff from the Cloud
  • The Cloud and Mobile Devices
    • Mobile Cloud Differences
    • Local vs. Cloud Data Storage
    • Security and Privacy with Mobile Devices
    • Backups and Mobile Devices
  • Choosing Cloud Providers
  • The Personal Cloud
    • Personal Cloud Basics
    • Choosing Personal Cloud Services
    • Personal Cloud Software and Equipment
    • Choosing Locations for Personal Cloud Servers
  • Teach This Book
  • About This Book
    • Ebook Extras
    • About the Author
    • About the Publisher
  • Copyright and Fine Print
  • Featured Titles

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