Do You Really Want to Trust the Cloud with Your Information?

Do You Really Want to Trust the Cloud with Your Information?

Workers will not soon forget the night the lights went out on Google Drive. Luckily it happened on a Friday afternoon before a holiday weekend, giving people an excuse to duck out of work early or catch up on other work. If anyone tried to access a file on Google Drive, they encountered this scary message:

“Sorry, the file you have requested does not exist. Please check the address and try again.”

Google Drive goes down for more than two hours. Do you really want to trust the cloud with your information?

Needless to say, this caused a panic for many people. Before it started trending on Twitter, people thought their documents were gone forever. They had no idea Google had an outage. The outage lasted more than two hours.

Imagine if this had happened on a Monday or Tuesday.

Imagine if you had kept all your customers’ project files on Google Drive.

Imagine if the data had been gone for good.

This is a significant problem for consultants, real estate agents, financial advisers, sales teams, and other professionals who often spend the bulk of their day working with clients.

Is this outage forcing you to rethink your processes? How you store and manage information?

Users respond to Google Drive’s crash in tweets

Yes, the cloud makes it convenient to share and access information, but at what cost? You can see many tweets on Twitter about the Google Drive outage. These tweets may be humorous, but they’re also all too true.

With Google Drive being down, and literally my whole career being on there. I dont know what to do with my life now… #Googledown

— Just Eyad™ (@eyad_xoubi) October 9, 2015

@googledrive My life is over — Michelle Profis (@michpro) October 9, 2015

Whenever Google Drive goes down it makes me realize how much of my life is dependent on a giant corporation. Who am I? #gbots

— Tim Goessling (@thislalife) October 9, 2015

“Google Drive is a sale place for all your files,” says @googledrive’s Twitter bio. The files may have been safe, but no one could get to them.

Problems with relying on cloud services

Keeping your information local can’t be beat. You have more control over your information. You don’t have to worry about a service going down or being gone for good. (RIP Google Calendar Sync and Google Reader.)

Sure, a computer can crash, taking all of its data with it. But that’s what backups are for. Everything needs to be backed up, regardless of where it’s stored.

It’s because of incidents like Google Drive going dark, Gmail and iCloud being hacked, and other invasions of online privacy that so many people avoid the cloud.

So not only can you lose access to your important data (Google Drive going down), but you can also have your data exposed (hackings).

Do you really want to sync Outlook with the cloud? If you read this article, you’ll learn that sometimes someone can come across your information by accident.

Regain control over your private information

There are solutions that can provide the convenience you need and make your life easier without giving up so much to the cloud. Here are four ways to move off the cloud to protect your privacy. Needless to say, we’re biased about one of them.

We constantly see people asking for and posting work-arounds to fix Outlook sync problems. You can hear the frustration in their forum posts. You can tell they’ve spent a lot of time trying to sync Outlook with iPhone, Android, or [fill in device].

All of these problems can be solved in five minutes with the right tool.

Akruto, for example, can automatically and wirelessly sync Outlook Calendar with iPhone 6S as well as Contacts, Notes, and Tasks (Reminders on iPhone). The Windows PC software also works with iPhone 6, iPhone 5, iPhone 4, Android devices, Windows Phone, Windows Surface, iPod Touch, and iPad. If you have more than one device — as many people do today — you’ll be able to have them all in sync with Outlook.

All of the information moves directly between your Outlook on your computer and your devices. Nothing is shared in the cloud. This allows you to access your important information from anywhere without the cloud.

When you make an update on a device, it’ll be updated on Outlook and other devices. It doesn’t matter where you make the updates as Akruto keeps everything up to date.

If you get a new phone, getting the phone to sync with Outlook using Akruto is a breeze. Just set up the phone following these instructions and Akruto takes care of the rest.

Take back control right now. Try Akruto Outlook sync software free to see for yourself how it can sync Outlook with phones. It’s automatic, reliable, accurate, wireless, and private.

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