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Take Control of the Cloud, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Cut through the hype, understand cloud services, and enhance your privacy and security!

To some people, the Cloud is a hard concept to grasp; what does it mean exactly? For others, it's the sheer complexity of the Cloud that is confusing; how to choose among the ever-increasing number of options. And for yet others, it's the security of the Cloud that is a concern; do I need to worry that my data isn't safe?

With Take Control of the Cloud, Second Edition, award-winning author Joe Kissell cuts through the confusion and gives his expert advice on how to make the Cloud work best for you, no matter your needs. From a detailed explanation of what the Cloud is, to his top picks for cloud products and services, to how to enhance privacy and security in the Cloud, Joe covers the topics that are crucial to a clear understanding of what the Cloud can (and can't) do for you.

Free Webinar As an added bonus, this book includes a free webinar for additional advice and problem-solving! (Although the webinar has already occurred--twice--purchasers can view recordings of the events at their leisure.)

Cloud-related topics covered in this book include:

  • Basic concepts, like "cloud computing" and "personal cloud"
  • Storage
  • Syncing
  • Backups
  • Productivity apps
  • Entertainment apps
  • Virtual private servers
  • Computing engines
  • Privacy and security
  • Mobile devices
  • The personal cloud
  • Choosing cloud providers
  • The Internet of Things
  • Automation

Teach This Book! Do you need to give a presentation concerning the Cloud? We'd like to help. This ebook includes links to a free PDF cheat sheet and a PDF-based slide deck that you can show on any computer or mobile device.

Table of Contents

  1. Read Me First
    1. Updates and More
    2. Links
    3. What’s New in Version 2.1
    4. What’s New in the Second Edition
  2. Introduction
  3. Cloud Concepts: The FAQ
    1. FAQ Topics
  4. Cloud Storage
    1. Cloud Storage Basics
    2. Cloud Storage Capabilities
    3. Example Cloud Storage Providers
    4. Other Cloud Storage Factors to Consider
    5. Figuring Out Where Your Data Is
    6. Joe’s Recommendations: Cloud Storage
  5. Cloud Syncing
    1. Overview of Cloud Syncing Services
    2. Cloud Syncing Data Types
    3. Cloud Syncing Providers
    4. Cloud Syncing Features to Look For
    5. Joe’s Recommendations: Cloud Syncing
  6. Cloud Backups
    1. Backing Up Stuff to the Cloud
    2. Backing Up Stuff from the Cloud
    3. Joe’s Recommendations: Cloud Backup
  7. Cloud Apps
    1. Productivity Apps
    2. Entertainment from the Cloud
    3. Joe’s Recommendations: Cloud Apps
  8. Other Cloud Services
    1. Virtual Private Servers
    2. Computing Engines
    3. Everything Else
  9. Privacy and Security in the Cloud
    1. Privacy in the Cloud
    2. Security in the Cloud
  10. The Cloud and Mobile Devices
    1. Mobile Cloud Differences
    2. Local vs. Cloud Data Storage
    3. Security and Privacy with Mobile Devices
    4. Backups and Mobile Devices
  11. The Personal Cloud
    1. Personal Cloud Basics
    2. Choosing Personal Cloud Services
    3. Personal Cloud Software and Equipment
    4. Choosing Locations for Personal Cloud Servers
    5. Joe’s Recommendations: Personal Cloud
  12. Choosing Cloud Providers
    1. Storage, Sync, and Backup Services
    2. Other Services
    3. Additional Factors
    4. Subscriptions for Everything
  13. The Cloud and the Internet of Things
    1. The Good News
    2. The Bad News
  14. Automation and the Cloud
    1. IFTTT
    2. Zapier
  15. Take Control of the Cloud Webinar
    1. Webinar #1
    2. Webinar #2
  16. Teach This Book
  17. About This Book
    1. Ebook Extras
    2. About the Author
    3. About the Publisher
  18. Also by Joe Kissell