The day that the hard drive ruled is slowly coming to a close thanks to cloud computing. Cloud Computing is when different services such as servers, storage, and applications, are delivered to an organization's computers and devices through the Internet. There are already many companies that offer this kind of service, including Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Amazon Web Services, Apple iCloud, and many more! Be careful which one you choose though, one may be more secure than the other. The technology is new and great, however there are many security concerns when it comes to saving your data to a "cloud."
Stay Safe in the Cloud
- Two-Factor Authentication
- Sites that offer this feature have two seperate methods that a user must do in order to gain entry. So, rather than just a username and password, a unique code will also be required which is available through your phone or some other external device. Even if somebody gets your username and password, they still won't have that unique code.
- Password Strength
- You should use a unique password for every service/site that you use, especially for cloud services. If your passwords are the same for every service, once one account gets compromised then they are all compromised. Look at our page on creating secure passwords for more information on creating a secure password.
- Whenever possible, use encryption for your cloud data. Encryption does require some effort by the user, but it will jumble up your credentials and secure them so that nobody will be able to get them easily. Encryption is offered by companies such as Boxcryptor.
- Being told to backup your data on a physical hard drive seems a little silly after saving it to the cloud, but it is necessary. Just in case the provider you go with has a server crash or loses your data somehow, you'll have a backup!
- Manage Your Passwords