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Cloud Computing - Opportunities and Risks

Users on the move enjoy the benefits of cloud computing. By storing their data online, they can access it anywhere in the world. But this unlimited mobility has its dangers.

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Instead of saving documents, address books and photos on their hard drives, more and more people are storing them in a "cloud". This means their data is stored on a server which can then be accessed online by a variety of devices. Any changes made are then synchronized. Dropbox and Google Drive are among the best-known cloud computing providers. But IT experts warn that criminally-motivated hackers could gain access to data stored in the cloud.