4 Tips to Keeping Your Data Safe and Secure on the Cloud

By January 6, 2015 I3 News No Comments

The recent Apple iCloud hack has led to the intense scrutiny of the safety of cloud storage. A question that comes to mind is “How can users and businesses ensure their data is safe on the cloud, especially from malicious attackers?”

Cloud storage remains one of the most popular and secure methods of storage, but that does not mean that it is completely immune from security threats. Here are a couple of ways things you can do to ensure the safety of the data that you store on cloud servers.

1. Have a strong password.

It might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many cloud accounts don’t have strong passwords. When asked to create a password, it might be easier to type in “password” and get it all over with, but it can end up costing you big. Use special characters and numbers in your password instead of just the alphabet. Also, make your password as long as possible instead of the minimum required characters.

A great resource for creating a strong password is strongpasswordgenerator.com. It has some great tips for creating stronger passwords, too.

2. Encrypt your files.

The next best thing that you can do to ensure the safety of your data is to encrypt the files that you upload to the cloud server. Use an encryption software that will zip all your files and encrypt them using a password.

3. Turn on multi-factor identification.

Most cloud services provide users multi-factor (two-step) identification processes to ensure that the user will have to enter two forms of identification to access the data. After entering the primary password, the user will receive a code on his or her device as a message to enter as the second form of identification. This process will ensure secure access to cloud storage since it will be difficult for hackers to procure the second form of identification from a physical device.

4. Do not store sensitive information.

Understand that there is a level of risk involved if you are storing sensitive information on the cloud, regardless of the precautions you put in place. If the information is too sensitive, it is advisable to store it in a physical location rather than in the cloud.

Cloud servers are still one of the most reliable and secure forms of storage available. The key to the security of your data on the cloud is having a trustworthy and reliable cloud server provider — and we can help you with that. Contact us for more information today.

About Tony Johnson

Innovative helps you balance your business requirements, service levels, staff and infrastructure to make your IT as effective as possible. Tony Johnson is Vice President of Operations at Innovative and has been helping clients optimize their IT spend and operations since 1983.

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