This is a Guest Post by Cristopher Burge
Cloud computing offers a lot of solutions to the digital world. With this improved accessibility comes the need for securing our precious data which is stored in the cloud. There is no denying the fact that cloud computing has been nothing more than a blessing to business and individuals alike, but with this break in technology, we have also seen an increase in the vulnerability of stored data in the cloud. Therefore, this now raises the issue of how to ensure a better safety of the data in the cloud.
Make no mistake about it, there is nothing like a completely perfect security, but this will not be a reason not to try at all. There is the ideology that if you want to secure your documents or sensitive data you should not store them in the cloud. But this is a complete fallacy, because there are easy ways in which you can safely secure your files, and still make them readily available. The convenience that cloud storage brings is unmatched: it gives us the ability to store our files and still have secure access to them anywhere and at any time.
We can’t let such privilege and opportunity pass us by, only on account of the silly excuse that something bad might happen to our documents. To start with, let us discuss the issue of cloud security in more detail.
So here are the tips on How to Secure your Data on Clouds:
What Exactly Is the Cloud?
Cloud computing is basically the collection of computers (and their combined capacities) that are on the internet, which companies are making use of to deliver their services. A good example of the services that are offered in the cloud is the storage system of your data. The cloud backs up your folders and files, and also reduces the endless and costly need for extra storage. This gives the ease of synchronizing and accessing data across several varieties of devices, as long as there is decent internet connectivity.
What Can You Do to Add to Your Data Security in Cloud?
No matter where files are stored, be it in Mega, iCloud or Dropbox, they will always need some form of security or the other. Making them completely and 100% hack proof is something that is not achievable. On the other hand, this now brings up the idea of what you can do to ensure the proper security of your files, while ensuring that they are easily accessible. This is the aim of this article, to show you how you can successfully secure and protect your data from any potential threat that may harm them. For a broader technical approach covering cloud storage, read more here.
If you have decided to opt for storing your data in the cloud, you need to bear in mind the possibility of your data being exposed to other individuals that you may not wish to have access to it. Still, with the proper precautions, this shouldn’t be a concern. Here are some points to note and consider when securing your data in the cloud.
Choice of a Provider
The first point to note is the choice of your cloud provider: this matter should be taken seriously because a failure in this will ultimately undermine the whole concept of data storage security. To help out with this, here are some things to consider.
- Do a thorough research about the standard of their security. Ensure the company has a good reputation and that their policies on security are solid.
- The storage capacity they are offering should also be among the deciding factors. Many cloud storage providers offer pricing based on the amount of storage you need, if you have an idea of the size of storage that you need, then search along that line for a provider that will offer you what you want.
- You should also check the uploading and downloading of your files, namely if they are encrypted for extra security, during these processes. You should ensure that your cloud provider offers this type of encryption, by taking a look at the address bar.
Is Your Data Encrypted in the Cloud?
After deciding on your preferred cloud computing provider, then it is time to check if your files are encrypted when they are stored in the cloud. Most of the time, files are stored in the cloud without any form of encryption, which means that someone with a high level access to the server your files are stored on will be able to have access to your files as well. Though not all the documents may have this issue, you should still take into consideration the type of files you store in the cloud without encrypting them.
Understand the Basis of Access to Your Folder
Most cloud storage providers will give you the ability of sharing the access of your files with other individuals. It is good to have a good knowledge of how this works, know the level of permission they will have on your files, and so on. For example, you should know if they will have the ability to changing the file, and if they do, will you know who changed it last?
Picking a Good Password
When storing your file in the cloud, providers always request you to choose a master password for you to gain access to your files. When setting this master password, ensure you choose a very good one, which will be easy for you to remember, as well as be very difficult to guess by others.
Keep the Password Personal
The idea of sharing passwords is not a very good one. Don’t share your cloud storage password with anyone, since it is a private (and professional matter). Since the password is even specifically designed to be personal, keep it that way: let it remain private.
Frequently Back Up Your Data
This is simple, the same way you backup your personal computer’s hard disk, also your cloud storage should be transferred to a backup device on a regular basis, just in case there are any unexpected losses of data.
That’s it! Hope you liked this article, If you have any queries feel free to ask it in the comment section below