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Understanding cloud storage

Cloud-based storage is becoming increasingly advanced with age. The service’s easy access, tight security, and flexibility are attracting both big and small business owners.

Cloud storage refers to an online space that is used for the storage of data. It allows its users to backup data to a network of servers that are hosted by a cloud service provider. This data is then available through any Internet-connected device.

The main advantage of cloud storage is the flexibility of anywhere access. The data stored in the cloud can be accessed through any Internet-connected device, such as an iPhone or laptop at any location.

Cloud storage is cost-effective when compared to traditional security measures for protecting data. Traditionally, businesses had to pay for equipment, software, and personnel to ensure the security of their private data. The cost of data security in cloud storage is generally covered through a subscription cost.

Another advantage of cloud storage is the ability for businesses to easily scale up or down and only pay for what they actually use. Business owners have been wary of storing private information in the cloud due to the threat of data hacking and privacy concerns. However, cloud security is far stronger than any security devices a company can offer.

Current cloud providers are highly concerned with the security of their systems. They will often utilisecutting-edge data encryption and other security tools to protect data from being hacked. Some of the advanced cloud providers can include advanced intrusion detection, allowing security teams to fend off hackers even before they attack.

Also, physical data storage, such as an external hard drive, can easily be damaged or lost. Data that exists in the cloud is not physical and, therefore, cannot be fractured in the same way an external hard drive can.

There are a lot of benefits to making the switch to cloud storage. The software is provided immediately, and there is no wait on what the business has paid for. Working on the cloud allows businesses to be nimble, efficient and cost-effective.

When considering making the switch to cloud-based storage it is necessary to do some competitive shopping first. Business should consider the following:

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SMSFs: beware of illegal early super release

July 13, 2018

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) is reminding self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustees to beware of allowing members to access their super early.

A self-managed super fund (SMSF) trustee must meet a condition of release before any funds can legally be released.

The ATO can issue severe penalties if you or a SMSF member access your super before you are legally entitled to do so.

Some consequences of getting caught up in an illegal super scheme include the disqualification of trustees, imposition of administrative penalties, the fund being made non-complying and prosecution.

The Tax Office encourages those members who have been involved in an illegal super scheme to contact them immediately. The ATO will review your voluntary disclosure and take your circumstances into account when determining any penalties.