Cloud solutions are getting more interesting and varied by the day, and there is no doubt that they will play a huge role in our future development.
However, despite their numerous advantages, they still have some vulnerabilities, the foremost among which seems to be security.
There have been a lot of people claiming that cloud environments are completely unsafe and easy to penetrate, but the situation is nowhere as grim as that.
First of all, not all the providers are the same, and neither are the services they offer or systems they use.
Secondly, since they know that the level of security they can offer is one of the key factors in attracting new customers, they are all bending head over heels to beef up their security, and finally, if you are careful, you can greatly contribute to the safety of your data in just a couple of easy steps that we will outline for you here.
Choosing a Provider
Cloud service providers are just like any other service providers, which is to say that they can easily be checked up on. Before even considering signing a deal with one, take a look at what their previous customers have to say about them. While online reviews are not exactly 100% reliable, as even those that are written by actual customers and not bots can be extremely subjective and unrealistic, but they will at least give you a general idea, not only on the providers security, but other aspects of their business, like ever important customer service. Additionally, take the time to read their terms of service, and everything that you can find about how they handle security. There are a lot of security certifications out there that could indicate the provider’s commitment to the protection of your data. Also, make sure that they are encrypting your data when storing it.
A Strong, Unique Password
You’d be surprised at how easy it is for some people to hack into your Facebook account. If you are using the same password for your cloud service, and for instance, your email, none of your data will be safe anymore, not only that which you’ve uploaded to the cloud. Apart from using a unique password for each account that you have, you should also make sure to make it a strong one.
Your data is vulnerable even before it reaches the cloud solution provider, especially if you are sending it from a mobile device and using an unsafe network. Never use public connections in coffee shops or libraries for this kind of transmission, but instead only use secure (https) networks. If accessing the cloud from a device that is not your own, make sure to log out after doing so, but refrain from doing this whenever you can, as different keyloggers could easily reveal your password to a third party.
Encrypt the Data
While this solution makes it irrelevant what type of connection you are using, and prevents cloud service provider’s employees from gaining access to your data, it also makes sharing it quite difficult, unless the person you are sharing it with also has the key for decryption.