Take Control of the Cloud, Second Edition
Take Control of the Cloud, Second Edition
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Take Control of the Cloud, Second Edition

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Completed on 2017-12-29

About the Book

To some people, the Cloud is a hard concept to grasp; what does it mean exactly? For others, it’s the sheer complexity of the Cloud that is confusing; how to choose among the ever-increasing number of options. And for yet others, it’s the security of the Cloud that is a concern; do I need to worry that my data isn’t safe? 

With Take Control of the Cloud, Second Edition, award-winning author Joe Kissell cuts through the confusion and gives his expert advice on how to make the Cloud work best for you, no matter your needs. From a detailed explanation of what the Cloud is, to his top picks for cloud products and services, to how to enhance privacy and security in the Cloud, Joe covers the topics that are crucial to a clear understanding of what the Cloud can (and can’t) do for you.

Free Webinar As an added bonus, this book includes recordings of two live webinars containing advice and illustrations that go beyond the text of this book.

Could-related topics covered in this book include:

  • Basic concepts, like “cloud computing” and “personal cloud”
  • Storage
  • Syncing
  • Backups
  • Productivity apps
  • Entertainment apps
  • Virtual private servers
  • Computing engines
  • Privacy and security
  • Mobile devices
  • The personal cloud
  • Choosing cloud providers
  • The Internet of Things
  • Automation

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

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
    • What’s New in Version 2.1
    • What’s New in the Second Edition
  • 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
    • Figuring Out Where Your Data Is
    • Joe’s Recommendations: Cloud Storage
  • Cloud Syncing
    • Overview of Cloud Syncing Services
    • Cloud Syncing Data Types
    • Cloud Syncing Providers
    • Cloud Syncing Features to Look For
    • Joe’s Recommendations: Cloud Syncing
  • Cloud Backups
    • Backing Up Stuff to the Cloud
    • Backing Up Stuff from the Cloud
    • Joe’s Recommendations: Cloud Backup
  • Cloud Apps
    • Productivity Apps
    • Entertainment from the Cloud
    • Joe’s Recommendations: Cloud Apps
  • 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 Mobile Devices
    • Mobile Cloud Differences
    • Local vs. Cloud Data Storage
    • Security and Privacy with Mobile Devices
    • Backups and Mobile Devices
  • The Personal Cloud
    • Personal Cloud Basics
    • Choosing Personal Cloud Services
    • Personal Cloud Software and Equipment
    • Choosing Locations for Personal Cloud Servers
    • Joe’s Recommendations: Personal Cloud
  • Choosing Cloud Providers
    • Storage, Sync, and Backup Services
    • Other Services
    • Additional Factors
    • Subscriptions for Everything
  • The Cloud and the Internet of Things
    • The Good News
    • The Bad News
  • Automation and the Cloud
    • IFTTT
    • Zapier
  • Take Control of the Cloud Webinar
    • Webinar #1
    • Webinar #2
  • Teach This Book
  • About This Book
    • Ebook Extras
    • About the Author
    • About the Publisher
  • Also by Joe Kissell

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