Cloud storage allows you to access and update your saved files from your PC, your work device or from your smartphones. Manual transfers is not needed and worrying about which edits are the most recent etc, are suppressed. You can use cloud services to easily back up your information in case something goes wrong with your hardware, and to share files with other people for work, school or leisure.This is a reason everybody is using cloud storage nowadays.
However, as with any internet-based service, there are security concerns. Hackers spend their lives trying to devise new ways to free up information that they can use for profit and try to keep up with them is a constant battle. How do you make sure your connection to cloud storage is secure, and how do you protect your information once it’s stored?
Here are some ways to secure your precious Cloud Storage.
Choose a Secure Username and Password
The most basic security tip for any internet-based account is choosing a secure username and password , and it’s as relevant now as ever.
To get the strongest password, you must create a password that contains :
- mix of numbers and both lowercase and uppercase letters
- no any dictionary words or personal information (such as your name, street)
Make-sure that your new password isn’t a repeat of your password for any other site.
Secure passwords can be really hard to remember, some security-focused cloud storage services such as LastPass, will keep your passwords safe and allow you to log in with just a click.
Use a VPN
If you are not using a VPN already, we’ll go over the basics.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a secure “tunnel” between the source of information and its destination, which prevents anyone from intercepting the data you send.VPNs were originally invented so that employees could access company networks while working remotely, but now they’re put to a variety of uses that mostly involve securing information and protecting the identities of users. It will also encrypt that data for a double layer of defense and mask your IP address to obscure the source of the data.
Double Check Your Sharing Settings
Be sure who exactly can access each of your files and, if applicable, who can edit them.
Put an end to the validity of file-editing privileges from people who no longer need them. Even if you trust them completely with your information, this connection can still be an “in” for hackers.
Look for the Presence of Sensitive Information
Be sure that there isn’t any sensitive information that you no longer need resting around in your cloud storage account. Not only it occupies space, it also brings higher risk to be hacked.
Sensitive information may include:
- phone numbers
- Social Security numbers
- email addresses, usernames, and passwords
- bank or credit card information
- personal pictures
- data from businesses or other organizations in which you take part
- financial records
- health information
- any other information that shouldn’t be shared
Make Your All Accounts Safe
If your accounts are connected like Gmail and Google Docs, one breach can lead to others.
Hence for further safety precautions, make your other accounts secured too. For example:
- Set a login password for your computer.
- Use a firewall.
- Keep all your programs updated for security fixes.
- Make sure you have a quality anti-virus running at all times.
- Don’t open or respond to suspicious emails. If you are unsure whether an email is legitimate or not, call the company to confirm.
- Use two-factor authentication whenever it’s available.
- Sign out of all accounts when you’re done using them.
- Change passwords regularly.