Security Challenges of Keeping your Data in the Cloud

The notion of keeping your data in the cloud, has changed the world of digital storing as we know it. Just a while ago, we were forced to write our data on CD/DVD, on a USB drive or even keep it on our hard disc (HDD). These solutions however, had some serious setbacks in form of access, since you always had to have the given drive with you and that of finite space. Luckily, cloud technology managed to make these problems obsolete. Now, there is no need for large hard drives in your laptop, because you can access your cloud from anywhere in the world, and instead speed up your computer by replacing the hard drive with an SSD.

However, one issue that remained ever vigilant was the question of security.  Here are some of the greatest security challenges of keeping your data in the cloud, as well as few tips on how to keep your data there safe and sound.

Make a great password

Now this is a first step in keeping your data safe. Although it is true that (although it had some rough patches in the past), cloud technology is now completely safe for data storage. In fact, even experts from Google and Microsoft agree on this. However, basic human psychology is something that will always be a weak spot here.

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One does not have to be a hacking master to crack your password if it is as simple as your pet’s name or your day of birth. Because of this, avoid two things in creating your password: personal names of loved ones and dates of birth or some other moments in your life. Also, try to avoid using the same password for several things. We know that multiple passwords are hard to memorize and cause a lot of confusion but keeping your data safe is always worth it. Because of this, try to find ways to make your password hard (or even impossible) to crack.

Choose a good provider

Next, speaking about cloud storage services is quite wide topic since there are numerous providers out there. Needless to say, some of them offer more quality services than others.  This is why, picking a safe and reliable provider is an absolute imperative. In order to prove that modern cloud security systems are really impenetrable, pCloud came up with a revolutionary idea. What they did was organize a “simple”  hacker challenge. Namely, they hid information inside an encrypted folder hosted on their actual network. A person who manages to find out what the folder contains gets $20,000 or equivalent in BitCoin. So far, no one managed to live up to the challenge although there has already been well over 2000 attempts.

Keeping backup files

Even though earlier we spoke against physical storing drives, we never meant to say that they are now completely obsolete. It is true that natural light is better than artificial one, but this doesn’t mean that we should go around smashing all the light bulbs in the house. Usually, it is the combination of several methods that gives the best results. For example, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for you to create a backup of your most important files on your HDD or on a safely stored USB drive. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t keep everything in a cloud

A quality picture takes up around 4MB, so when you have thousands of them, storing them on a drive will be not only impractical but impossible as well. This is why you need cloud in the first place. However, it is always a good idea to keep some of the most private files as near as possible. Even though most experts assure us that clouds are completely safe, there is nothing wrong with being just a bit more cautious and choosing wisely what you should upload.

Security Challenges of Keeping your Data in the Cloud

Finally, with just a bit of percussion and rational thinking you can make your files on the cloud completely safe. Although to some, this may seem as something inconvenient or even troublesome, this is just a routine safety procedure, not unlike any other. Just make sure that you have all of these computer security aspects covered and you will have nothing to worry about.


Author Bio:

Although a Physics graduate, Marcus opted for work in fields of technology, marketing and web. He is also an author at Technivorz blog. He likes an occasional game or two and has seen Star Wars films 44 times.