Amazon S3 – The Beginner’s Guide

Olga Weis

Maybe you are a blogger who wants to cut hosting expenses or someone who needs a secure backup of a large amount of data or you are just curious what all this fuss around Amazon S3 is about? No matter what brought you to this page, read on, this article is for you to understand the basics of working with this online storage facility and Mac Amazon interaction.

Amazon S3

S3 stands for ‘Simple Storage Service’

This service provided by Amazon is very simple:

  • There is no setup cost, no fee for registering an account there.
  • This is a pay-as-you-go service, i.e. you pay only for the storage and bandwidth you actually used.
  • The service provides you an unlimited bandwidth – your account is never suspended and your service is never interrupted, no matter how much of bandwidth you consume.

Pricing apart, the service offers you all advantages of online storage:

  • Access your data anytime from anywhere, as long you are connected to the Internet.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and share data with your friends in an easier and more efficient way.
  • Keep your data protected by top-notch security technologies.
  • Free some precious space on your Mac’s hard disk.

So what do you start with? With getting an Amazon S3 account, of course.

  1. If you already have one, use it to log in. If you don’t, sign up on

  2. The next step is to create an Amazon Web Services account. Once you are done with it, check the page with the confirmation. It displays a list of “Other Amazon Web Services”– choose Amazon Simple Storage Service there.

  3. Click ‘Sign up for this Web Service’ and follow the instructions

  4. Make sure to note down your AWS Access Identifiers – Access Key ID and Secret Access Key. If you missed that part, you can always retrieve them by going to ‘Your Web Service Account’ and choosing ‘AWS Access Identifiers’.

By the way, note that ‘Your Web Service Account’ is an important page where you can manage your account and see the current charges.

Your data on Amazon S3 will be stored in so-called buckets, i.e. root folders. What’s the best way to upload data on Amazon Mac owners could use?

Amazon S3 provides a web-based interface called AWS Management Console for accessing and managing your Amazon S3 resources. Also, there are third party applications developed using a set of APIs released by Amazon. Using these Amazon S3 clients for Mac provides a number of advantages.

Mac Amazon S3 mount

Take CloudMounter, for example. This Mac S3 client enables mounting cloud storage accounts on your Mac so you can access their contents as if they were additional hard drives. The files are copied to your hard drive if you choose to open the from the service. The good thing about this S3 Mac app is that it supports a number of other cloud storage services, including Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive and Dropbox. Thus this Amazon app for Mac becomes a single point of access to all of them. Using the app is totally secure thanks to the latest encryption technologies it employs.

What are you waiting for? Go ahead, enjoy the advantages offered by Amazon for Mac, especially since there is an S3 client Mac users will certainly appreciate.

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