Tips to Keep Your Data Secure on the Cloud
13/05/15 15:15 Filed in: Security | Data | Tips
For those who are unfamiliar with the term “cloud storage”, it is essentially a way of saving information to the internet. Cloud providers store your files, photos etc to an on-line location, thus offering an alternative backup to conventional methods of file storage. Using cloud storage, you can not only access but also share your files from any computer anywhere in the world since all you need is an internet connection.
But can you be sure that the information you store on the cloud is safe? The short answer is, for the time being, no you can't. However, you can take some protective measures:
1. Keep Your Computer Virus-Free.
It is imperative that your computer is virus-free otherwise you run the risk of revealing your cloud logon details. Make sure your virus scanner and anti-malware software is up-to-date, and that you run your anti-virus scanner on a regular basis.
2. Read The User Guide
If you are not sure what cloud storage to choose or if you have any questions as to how a particular cloud service works, read the user agreement of the service you are planning to sign up for, however boring you may think it is. Be aware that your cloud service provider must also keep your data as safe and secure as they can. A good provider will be able to offer several secure backups of your files, all stored in different locations. If the service provider only has one storage location, or if they reveal the exact physical whereabouts of their servers, their security may be compromised.
3. Be Serious About Passwords.
I know you’ve heard me banging on and on about it in previous blogs, but so many people still do not take password security seriously. Did you know that 90 percent of all passwords can be cracked within seconds?
4. Avoid Storing Sensitive Information
The best way to protect any highly sensitive information is to keep it well away from the virtual world and use an alternative storage solution.
5. Use An Encrypted Cloud Service.
Some cloud services provide local encryption and decryption of your files as well as storage and backup. It means that the service takes care of both encrypting your files on your own computer and storing them safely on the cloud.