With so much valuable information stored on the cloud, how can you be sure it is protected from cybercriminals? We have some important protection measures and tips to help you tackle the issue of cloud privacy—share with others in your network who may be curious about protecting their data stored on the cloud.
- Back up your data locally.
One of the most important things you can do is backup your data—create electronic copies of any of your data so that you will still be able to access it in the event the original is lost or has been corrupted. There are many cloud storage services available that can help.
- Use cloud services that encrypt your data.
The best way to safeguard your privacy while using the cloud is to choose a storage service that offers encryption for your data. This will provide an additional layer of security since decryption will be required before you can be granted the access to the data. Known as zero-knowledge proof in cryptographic, this method will even protect your data against the service providers and administrators themselves.
- Use caution with web and remote access.
One of the main advantages of the cloud is being able to access your files anywhere and at any time. Even if you are not using your laptop or smartphone, in most cases you can log on using any standard web browser and internet connection. However, this ability can also post a security issue using public computers and open internet connections. Using a secure, password-protected network is key to keeping data safe.
- Protect your system with anti-virus and anti-spyware.
You may be using a top-notch secure cloud service provider but without proper protection for your system, you expose yourself to bugs and provide penetration points for cybercriminals to access your account. Keep the antivirus software up to date and let it scan your computer to find malicious software. Wi-Fi security software and suites are also available at affordable prices.
When it comes to storing and protecting your data in the cloud, there is no such thing as being too careful. By applying these tips, you can help to better secure your cloud storage.
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