The Security of Cloud Based Storage

When all of your data is on your hard drive, you have the security of knowing it’s right there inside of your computer. You don’t have to worry about it being seen as it crosses the information highway, and you don’t need to be concerned with someone finding out your password. The only thing you have to be concerned about is losing every single file that’s on your hard drive. Sounds pretty scary, doesn’t it? It’s alID-100164515most as scary as having someone hack into your files to steal personal information. The good news is that there is a solution!

Cloud based storage is much more safe than you probably imagine. Just because you have to send your data to the cloud doesn’t mean every hacker in the world is going to be able to see it. Actually, no hacker will ever be able to see it, unless you give away your password. We’ll discuss that in a minute.

The way that your data is sent off into the clouds is through a security measure called encryption. Encryption is a complex algorithm that encodes information. The only way hackers are ever going to see the encryption is if they have a special key to translate it. Most hackers don’t have the key, and to get the key, they need super powered computer processors. In addition, many hackers are more interested in getting into the main cloud storage system rather than into users’ folders. There’s more damaging information that has nothing to do with you in the heart of the cloud.

With your information safely making its way to the cloud, you may be thinking about your password. If a hacker gets your password, he or she can easily sign into your cloud storage account and steal all of your information. True, but it’s not likely. User names and password go through an authentication process, which means they must be verified by proving information that you are who you say you are when you set up a cloud storage system. This keeps hackers off the system.

The authorization feature for sharing folders concerns many people considering cloud based storage. The good news is that the features are so advanced that users can choose who can see what on the cloud. For example, if you have an employee that just needs to work with XYZ folder, you can just authorize that folder. For anyone that needs authorization for all folders, you can set that up. The employee is not able to see anything but the folder he or she has authorization.

Tips to Keep in Mind

Never, ever, give away your password to anyone. The authorization feature enables you to share information on the cloud securely. Sharing your password sets you up to show everyone and anyone all of your information. Trust no one.

Always check the URL of the cloud based storage system you use. It should start with HTTPS instead of just HTTP. The ‘S’ means that the site is secure, or information sent to and from is encrypted.

Always remember that the government can seize information from cloud-based storage of any user with a subpoena.

So now you know that cloud based storage is secure, and you know that if you continue to use your hard drive for storage, you may end up losing all of your information. It sees clear what the next step should be – start using cloud based storage before you end up having nothing to store because of a computer crash.

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