I am a novice computer user and have been going through the guides on this site (Thank you to whoever maintains these and updates them!), and one concern I have had come up recently, is this cloud technology. I barely understand it except that it is all digital and eliminates a lot of paper. (super simplified I know ) Going digital is appealing-or mostly anyway. I would love to eliminate the files and files of paper and streamline everything we have after thirty years of marriage and family life. BUT....a part of me is totally freaked out by the idea. It seems there are hacks all the time photos, videos (of which I have never, ever put on a pc-too paranoid) that end up in the wrong hands, not to mention the financial etc information and identity theft issues.
So in general, I am asking for some feedback. Is using good anti virus, malware etc (per the general recommendations and caveats of there is no "one size fits al"l answer) enough along with backing up my pc regularly? I also wonder if there are recommended programs to use or not use...Evernote, Google Calendar and others. I also believe there are ways to go digital that keeps my files all in my own possession which might be a good alternative, but realizing as technology progresses, if I am going to use email and other online services like banking and shopping, more and more is already in the cloud.
I'm just trying to sort out this stuff-which is a bit overwhelming. So asking for some thoughts here.