What is the cloud anyway? Why should I care?

What is the cloud? Where is the cloud? In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. It means that the service or data is not on your machine, but on someone else’s. The cloud is just a metaphor for the Internet. Saving your data on something like Dropbox or Google Drive or Microsoft One drive are all examples. You save your data to somewhere off of your local machine and if you lose your computer, you still have your data. If you care about your data please look at the 3-2-1 backup strategy It says that you need to keep 3 copies of your data, on 2 different devices and at least one offsite. Offsite is the cloud, if you lose your computer or a backup drive or both you still have your data, though accessing it may take longer than if it were local (with you)
“What cloud computing is not about is your hard drive. When you store data on or run programs from the hard drive, that’s called local storage and computing. Everything you need is physically close to you, which means accessing your data is fast and easy, for that one computer, or others on the local network. Working off your hard drive is how the computer industry functioned for decades; some would argue it’s still superior to cloud computing” – https://www.backup-utility.com/3-2-1-backup-strategy.html

For it to be considered “cloud computing,” you need to access your data or your programs over the Internet, or at the very least, have that data synced with other information over the Web.
Setting up cloud storage is pretty easy, though it will cost a bit. The more you back up the more it will cost. But if you lose your computer and backup drive, having your files accessible from “the cloud” will be worth gold. Trust me, been there, have that t-shirt and so glad I could retrieve most of the files I cared about when things went bad.