Despite widespread use, Americans still wary of cloud computing

Despite widespread use, Americans still wary of cloud computing

July 11

Cloud computing has quickly become a popular option for both companies and consumers throughout the United States. Whether firms are embracing the technology to replace outdated infrastructure or consumers are using cloud-based environments to access photos and personal files anywhere, the functionality of the solution is immense.

Despite the capabilities of hosted environments, many Americans still do not trust cloud computing, even though their content is not physically vulnerable to theft, damage or being lost.

A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Halon found that 76 percent of Americans are concerned about storing files, emails and photos in the cloud. The study also found that 94 percent of respondents cited this fear as why they may doubt the legitimacy of email senders when using the cloud.

“Although millions of Americans use email and the cloud for professional and personal reasons, our research shows that most Americans still have concerns about security and still don’t fully trust the cloud,” said Jonas Falck, vice president at Halon.

Security fears of cloud overblown
Whether for professional or personal use, cloud computing can benefit both employees and consumers. Hosted environments are available through the Internet, meaning users can always access content anywhere, regardless of location or device used. This capability is especially effective for staff members who are constantly on the go and want to collaborate with colleagues or work on particular documents.

In terms of security, the cloud also shines. On-site data is not only prone to theft or misplacement, but natural disasters as well. In these situations, mission-critical information may be gone for good. With cloud backup, however, this content is located at an off-site location and accessible via the web, keeping such resources safe at all times.

Moving data to the cloud may put some firms and users in an uneasy position, but their information may be safer in the long run because of its location and availability.

The cloud is still a relatively new phenomenon that is greatly influencing how businesses operate and consumers access personal files. As more become comfortable with the idea of keeping important data in hosted environments, security fears associated with the technology will likely wane. If more users understand the scalability and cost-effective nature of cloud computing, global adoption rates should reach even greater levels than today.

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