There is little doubt that storing your data in the cloud is the best way to keep your data safe. Physical storage devices are prone to various things which can compromise your data, whereas the cloud is online and only accessible via your password. Natural disasters are one way in which data can be lost. If you live in an area that suffers from floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, or hurricanes, for example, it would be wise to consider storing your data in the cloud to avoid its destruction. House fires are another danger and a common cause of lost data which could be averted if the data is stored in the cloud.
Another issue that arises from time to time is power surges. If you are located in an area with frequent brownouts this could be a problem, and there is always the risk of lightning frying electronics. An obvious danger with using physical devices rather than the cloud is loss and theft. We can lose a physical device at any time or have it stolen, but data will always be kept in the cloud unless you choose to delete it. Using the cloud also provides you with instant access to your data which could be vital in the event of a financial attack.
One issue that might be overlooked by some is the danger that children pose. Children are prone to playing with and breaking many objects and this could include your physical storage devices. Fortunately, by using the cloud means that you do not need to worry about this. Finally, there is always the risk of hard drive failure, resulting in your date being irretrievably lost, and computer viruses, which can delete, edit, or read your data.
Guest Author Ryan Weston