Cloud storage has made the gathering, sharing, and storing information more accessible than ever before.
That said, due to the very nature of cloud storage, it's not without its fair share of shortcomings: namely security.
Cloud services have taken leaps and bounds in improving their ability to protect your information in recent years. That said there are still a few steps you can take to ensure your data stays safe while in the cloud.
Ready to take your online security to the next level, but aren't sure where to begin? We've got you covered.
Here are a few steps you can take to boost data security on the cloud.
Protect Your Passwords
Anyone who has created something as simple as a social media account understands the importance of passwords.
Your passwords are the keys to all your online accounts. And, if not protected, they could easily fall into the wrong hands and leave your sensitive data exposed.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to protect your passwords and, subsequently, your data on the cloud.
Never share your passwords with anyone not authorized to access your data. Sharing a password even once can be enough to compromise all your data.
While you don't have to change your passwords as often as once thought, it's still a good idea to swap them if you suspect there's a chance they leaked.
Finally, make sure to use two-step verification. If your password gets out, two-step verification will prevent outsiders from accessing your data.
This kind of confirmation will also give you the heads up that it's time to change your login info.
Track Your Users
If several users are accessing your cloud data, then that can increase the risk of your data becoming compromised.
You can combat this by keeping tabs on who accesses your cloud storage, when they access it and from what device they access it.
By tracking when people access your stored data, you can keep an eye out for suspicious activity and potential threats.
Be Careful When Accessing Your Data
If you share your cloud with a network of people, like a small business, then you should set up guidelines over when and where employees can access it.
Logging into your cloud over open or unsecured wifi, like the kind you'd find at a coffee shop, could leave your sensitive data wide open for anyone to see.
Also, make sure that everyone who has login credentials for your cloud storage uses some protection, such as a VPN.
Use a Trustworthy Service Provider
Finally, the best way to keep your data secure is by using a cloud service provider you can trust right off the bat.
A reliable cloud service provider will secure your data both online and on-site. So, you can spend less time worrying about online security and more time focused on what matters.
Picking a service provider is the first step in setting up your cloud storage. Before making a decision, read through potential provider's services and user agreements to make sure they're the right fit for you.
Must-Have Data Security Tips
As we make the shift to do more and more in the online realm, maintaining data security will continue to be a massively important part of our lives.
Despite the potential risks, cloud computing is an integral part of how we gather and relay vital information. But, by following these tips, you can protect yourself and your data.
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