Google Cloud Printing is Google services that make it possible for you to print from any Cloud Print application. Such as from your Laptop, cell phone, desktop computer or your phone and have the Google network print to any printer, anywhere.
For instance, you receive a document attached to your email on your mobile phone but need to print it from a printer at home. In the past, you are supposed to wait or to send some home to do a print document for you. However, with the advancement in technology is possible for you to print the document with a print far away from you.
Google Cloud Printing
How exactly does that work? To use Google Cloud Printing, you need to have access to cloud-ready printers which can directly connect to the web and do not need assistance from a PC to set it up. It can also connect to classic printers that are connected to a Window, Linux or Mac computer with internet connectivity, by using a Google print connector option present in Google Chrome.
How to connect your classic printer to Google Cloud Printing
If you want to connect your classic printer to Google Cloud Printing, then:
- Firstly install Google Chrome on your PC that is connected to the printer.
- After that, enable the option called Google Printing connector in Google Chrome.
- It is also possible to print using Google cloud printing by printing to third-party mobile applications available on Android and iOS platforms. Controlling printer options and managing print jobs can also be done from your mobiles. If your friends have Google Accounts, then they can use any printer that you connected to Google Cloud Printing.
- To provide sharing permissions from your printer, go to the Google Cloud Printing management page and click on the printer’s option to the left side.
- Choose the printer of your choice for sharing and click on the share button.
- It would be useful in the long run when you share printers if you keep a descriptive name for your printer while setting it up. This is because you will share printer names, which will be easier to find with descriptive names.
- All you should do to share your printer is to enter the email id of the person or the Google group that you wish to share the content with and click on share. That person will be notified via email.
- If you want to disable sharing printers, then open the sharing dialogue for the printer as mentioned above and change the user list.
- Setting up a Google group helps you to share your printer with a group of friends. Invite your friends to the group and share the printer.
Member of the group can access the printer if they have a Google Account. In case you are not the group owner, then a request will appear for the group owner when he/she goes to the Google Cloud Printing management page. After the request is approved, group members can access the printer.
Pros and Cons of Cloud Print
Google will explain that your documents are sent to their servers solely for forwarding it to the appropriate printer. This means Google has access to your documents (your taxes, your bank statements, your divorce papers, etc.) and, unlike your own locally stored documents that are kept on your printing spool, the information sent to Google is not private, Although Google claims that they only keep a copy of this information if the printing job is active and that as soon as the job is completed that it is deleted from the servers.
Is that the Truth?
It seems logical that a company as large as Google would have no interest in keeping a copy of your daughter’s 8th-grade award in speech class.
Do you think they have any interest in your tax return?
Do think it’s possible that Google will skim through those documents for keywords so they can sell ads aimed at your likes, budget, and lifestyle?
Another point to consider is what exactly happens to your information as you are sending it out through the web? Aren’t their people who collect that kind of “floating” information to weed through it. To see if there is anything they can use, such as your credit card number, SSN, PIN numbers and the like? Other Things to Consider
Everyone knows mistakes happen. What if due to an error your sensitive information gets sent to the wrong printer? Hackers will surely find weaknesses in this system and intercept printer traffic.