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Understanding the Difference Between Cloud Storage & Backup

Understanding the Difference Between Cloud Storage & Backup

If there's one thing about computers and technology that stays the same -- it's that they are constantly changing. In the past few years, computer backup and storage have been a popular topic, and more recently, we hear a lot about "the cloud."

If you're confused, you're not alone. The first thing you need to know is what "the cloud" means. In short, the cloud is a set of services and technologies that enable delivery of computing services, such as storage and backup, over the internet in real time and allowing users instant access to data and applications from any device with internet access. It's like having limited use of a super computer out in cyberspace.

The cloud can be used for more than just storage and backup, but for this article we'll stick with those services. First off, if you "move" files or data to an external hard drive or cloud service to free up disk space on your personal computer -- that's storage. This means you still have only one copy. If that backup drive or cloud service goes down, you lose your data for good.

Now, if you "copy" files or data to an external drive or cloud service -- that's backup. This means you have multiple copies of the same file, so if one becomes corrupt or is destroyed you have another one you can use.

While there are many similarities between storage and backup, their functions are quite different. With storage, you have to upload your files manually or with limited tools, and often have to use special folders. This can be a good option if you need to share files with multiple users or keep several devices in sync. There are free storage services, but once you use up your quote the price structure changes to how much storage you use.

With backup, most of the work is done behind the scenes; your files are automatically backed up, usually when your computer notices that you are not using it. While you can access the files from other devices, its purpose is to save your data in case of a catastrophe. You usually pay one set price for unlimited backup.

In either case, you need to make sure your backup or storage provider has a stellar reputation and have multiple strategies in place to keep your data safe and secure. A good example of cloud storage is Dropbox; a good example of cloud backup is Carbonite.

5 Great Google Chrome Extensions You Should Install

5 Great Google Chrome Extensions You Should Install

Posted in: Chrome, Google

So yesterday we saw how we can install extensions in Google Chrome by switching to Chrome’s beta channel. As promised I am back with a list of cool extensions for Chrome that enhance your experience of using this browser.

1. Google Quick Scroll

When you search for some text or a phrase in Google, it displays the results in the form of website links accompanied with snippets of the destination page.

Although the text snippet shows your search query, when you go to the original page, the search query seems to be buried somewhere in the page and you usually need to use Ctrl+F to find that text (happens a lot of times in my experience).

Google Quick Scroll is a useful extension by Google that aims to solve that problem. This extension helps you locate the search query on the destination page when it is difficult and time-consuming to do that manually.

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Encore of First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Webinar

Encore of First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Webinar – April 27

Due to popular demand, NJAR® will be hosting a second free webinar for members and the public on Monday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. titled Get the REAL StorySM on the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit.

Linda Goold, director of federal tax programs for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR), will discuss how home buyers can take advantage of the federal first-time home buyer tax credit, how it functions, and how purchasers can claim it.

NJAR® will begin the webinar with information on the newly redesigned website, www.REALstoryNJ.com, along with details on the revamped Get the Real StorySM public education campaign focusing on the benefits of New Jersey's real estate market.

Reserve your space for the encore presentation of Get the REAL StorySM on the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit today. The address for viewing the webinar will be http://njar.acrobat.com/tc042709.