Cloud Security and You
Most people are aware that the Cloud exists, yet the basics of cloud computing aren’t fully understood. Beyond understanding what the cloud is, keeping your pictures, videos, data, and information secure in the cloud is just as important.
The basics of cloud computing give you accessible data storage as a service rather than a product. With the Cloud, you don’t have to to purchase an external drive, server, or even a larger SD card to store your files.
The cloud allows you to store your information off of your device or hardware storage and access it through a service like DropBox, Google Drive or a business level service like Cabinet Safe.
We’ve seen that if the right steps aren’t taken, your data can be accessed from the Cloud. Celebrity cloud accounts have been hacked and sensitive information was leaked on the web. There are risks to using the cloud. How can you protect yourself from your information being compromised?
When setting up your cloud account(s), there are a few ways you can increase your cloud account security.
- Put your router in the center of your home.
- Use “WPA” or “WPA2” encryption with your internet router.
- Keep the software on your phone updated.
- Enable two-factor authentication.
- Pick a tough password!
- Use numbers, symbols, and random letters.
- Make the password longer than 8-10 characters.
- Use different passwords for different accounts.
- Change your passwords regularly – monthly if you can.
- Use a password manager that keeps secure track of your passwords.
- Never share your password(s) with anyone.
If you’re running a business, you have company and client sensitive information at your disposal. The need for a dedicated cloud service can save you money and give you secure access to the information you need when you’re not in the office. It also allows you to stay focused on your job at hand rather than having to take care of server maintenance, establish a VPN, or request files by email from the office.
Here’s a few items that may help you make a decision on which cloud service is right for you:
- Does the cloud service company give you 100% rights to your data?
- What methods of security does the cloud service company have in place?
- Is there online and/or live support available when you need it?
- Does the cloud service offer the most recent technology with encryption of files?
If you don’t know the answers to these questions, we can help. Reach out to us today and we can put together a secure Cloud/Document Management solution for your business.