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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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Understanding various kinds of super fees

February 16, 2018

No matter the kind of superfund you opt for, you will be subject to super fees. Understanding how these fees work and the difference they can make to your next egg is vital.

When it comes to superfund fees, there are two factors you need to get your head around; the kinds of fees you are being charged and the rate of fees you pay. Opting for a superfund based on these two factors can see you retire with hundreds of thousands more money.

You should be aware of the various types of fees you are being charged. If you would like to find out the fees you are being charged, you should do two things. Firstly, Google your fund’s product disclosure statement and scroll through to the fees section. You should see a list of different types of fees, with an explanation of what they are, how they are applied, and how often they will be incurred. Secondly, you should log in to your superfund account and take note of all the fees being charged to you. Investigate how closely these correspond and correlate with the product disclosure statement.

If you feel there are discrepancies, do not hesitate to contact your superfund or financial advisor and ask for clarification. It is worthwhile doing your research and comparing the fees you are being charged against other super funds and what they charge. Being complacent and not paying attention to your super is extremely irresponsible; the dividends you will receive later in life for being diligent now outweighs the burden of taking time to be informed today.

Some of the common super fees across the board include:

Another major factor contributing to how much you accumulate in your super account throughout your working life is the rate of fees you pay. Plain and simple, some funds offer much lower fees than other, creating a difference of hundreds of thousands of dollars when it comes time to retire.

Generally, funds are categorised into three groups; low super fees, medium super fees and high super fees. Ultimately, you want to be in a fund that charges low super fees. In saying this, it’s not only about super fees, as some funds have medium-high super fees but also perform better based on investment strategy, meaning you will get more back from your investments.