It is quite obvious that cloud computing technology is growing by leaps and bounds and more and more businesses and private citizens are getting in on it. After all, there are so many benefits to the cloud that there are hardly any reasons not to get in on the bandwagon. However, as seemingly perfect as the cloud is, there are some things holding it back from totally dominating as the storage space provider of choice. These concerns are based on how safe the cloud is for storing sensitive personal and business data.
There aren’t really too many cloud computing safety concerns but the ones that do exist make people and businesses nervous; it makes them cautious of using the cloud service. If safety issues over the cloud are holding you back from using the service, then perhaps knowing more about it can ease your fears.
Security – When your files are stored in a place that you cannot technically see then it is easy to feel nervous about its security. After all, when your private data or sensitive information is on the cloud for storage, you do not want other people to see them. This is the reason why people and businesses are so afraid of the cloud and fail to fully embrace it. There are experts that agree over the security risks of leaving your sensitive data on the cloud but it is worth taking note that these safety concerns are often blown out of proportion. Yes, there are some security risks to storing your information on the cloud but the risks are no more than what you would normally face when you store your files in your own computers.
Privacy – How private is your information when you store it in the cloud? You can prevent people from accessing your account and the power to ensure the privacy of your information on the cloud. All you need to do is make sure that you sign up for the services of a safe and secure cloud service provider and you practice proper use of passwords and encryption. This is especially true if you are using the cloud for business reasons.
According to experts, 40% of medium to large businesses describe themselves as “cloud-wary” and that the fear of security breaches is what makes them cautious about moving their business to the cloud. It has to be said that this baseless fear is holding the migration of businesses to the cloud to some extent but it is in no way affecting the growth and the forward momentum of the cloud computing technology. Experts are also optimistic that it shouldn’t take too much for these holdouts to finally make the leap to the cloud and they will learn to trust it just like they learned to trust outsourcing vendors and software.
What do you fear about the cloud? Will your fears hold you back from using it?