Have you ever been in a situation where a flash drive with all the important information is left at home? Or, for example, when your computer stopped working and you have lost all the data stored on it? Definitely, a lot of people would say that they know a friend of theirs who had such an unpleasant situation and some of them would confess facing this kind of issues. So, if you got tired of running around between your work and home with a flash drive, always carrying a laptop with all the right files, worrying that all the info can be lost and you want your important files to be accessible to you or your team on any computer or mobile device then cloud storage can come to your rescue.
With every single year, the popularity of these services is getting bigger that leads to a great number of users and nowadays, cloud storages are a fundamental part of people’s everyday lives. However, it’s worth noting that before cloud storages appeared, we have long trusted our files to various services for storing on the Internet. The file exchangers until recently were popular but had many disadvantages (speed, functionality, convenience). The most “advanced” used FTP servers. Meanwhile, cloud storage simplifies the procedure, offers additional features and more disk space.
So what is a cloud storage or in more current phrasing “cloud”? In order not to go into details, let’s try to find a short answer. In simple language, “cloud” is your trouble-free USB flash drive, to which you are connected via the Internet, to which the important files you have specified are automatically saved and to which you have access from any device if it is connected to the network.
Today, one can find a great variety of cloud storage solutions and all these “online flash drives” differ in terms of the amount of space provided to the user, number of additional options as well as ease of use. If you are going to use cloud storage just to store files from your phone or computer and share them with your friends or colleagues, then you will have enough free space that developers offer you. The main difference here, as you understood, is just how much space this or that company offers. The most popular cloud solutions at the moment are Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, iCloud, Amazon Drive, Box, etc. While choosing one or another cloud service, a lot of users pay attention only to the amount of memory that is provided for free. But it would be better to look at something else … So, to trust or not to trust cloud storages with our data?
Definitely, there is no clear answer to this question. Despite cloud storage vendors offering you the most advanced security solutions for your data and management, you cannot be one hundred percent sure that all the info uploaded to the cloud will be securely protected and there won’t be any data leakage. Nevertheless, there are some things you can do in order to secure the data in the cloud.
1. Unique strong password
Very simple rule but unfortunately, a lot of the users very often neglect and do not bother creating a unique strong password. However, always stick to the rule – the stronger the password is, the better the security of your information. Not knowing how to create a strong password? Fortunately, there are a lot of apps for generating random passwords, such as LastPass, that you can use to generate a unique and strong password.
2. Try to limit or not to store confidential and personal info
It is recommended not to store important information in the clouds. For instance, passwords from your e-wallets, credit cards, emails, business documents, etc. Because we never know what can happen and are never protected from data breach. Before uploading ask yourself a question whether it can harm you or not in case of leakage. If you answer “yes” – do not upload it. If you still have to upload an important file to the cloud service, then it is worth using encryption software before trusting a cloud storage with your personal data.
3. Say yes to the encryption software
Encrypt all the important data before uploading it to cloud. It is obvious that you are much more confident and calm when files have been encrypted personally by you on your computer, using the method, program, and algorithm that you chose.
Nowadays the market is full of the encryption software. Encryption programs mostly differ from each other in the way they encrypt, and what they encrypt. But in general, they all do one thing: encrypt files on your computer. So in case, if someone gained access to your machine, this person will not be able to read and interpret the encrypted files. Most of the modern encryption software is fully compatible with all popular cloud providers. For example, CloudMounter.
The app uses Advanced Encryption Standard with 256 key length, that’s widely used nowadays and is considered to be one of the most common algorithms of symmetric encryption. Encryption of data sent to the cloud is made on the user’s side, so all the important information that you store on the cloud service is securely protected and, at the same time, is accessible for use to people with the decryption key only.
Protect your data with end-to-end encryption and be sure that your information won’t be available for a hacker, even if your laptop was stolen.
Summarizing the talk, refusing to use cloud technology, is unreasonable. Nevertheless, to fully rely on them is an individual choice. However, as more and more people are using these services, the companies are interested in increasing the security aspect.
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