Cloud security: What you need to know

The cloud is a network of computers on the Internet—a “cloud” of computers—on which data, including yours, can be stored. When you check your email or the news, or pay bills or play a game online, you’re often accessing the cloud. Some of your personal information is also in the cloud if you store files there.

Storing files in the cloud is particularly useful if you’re collaborating on a school or work project. You can use a service like Microsoft SkyDrive to save your files in the cloud so you don’t have to manage multiple versions. These types of services make it easy for everyone who is working on the project to access the files, work on them, and save them back to the same place.

Because the data is in the cloud, you can access it from (and share it between) your phone or computer or any other device connected to the Internet. Whatever cloud service you use, make sure you understand how the service helps protect your privacy. For example, learn about how SkyDrive helps protect your privacy.

Download our newest privacy factsheet on how to help protect your privacy in the cloud (PDF, 228 KB)

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    Microsoft Security,

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    TW Callihan

  2. Anonymous

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