Cloud Computing Security Tips for Data Protection
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Cloud Computing Security Best Practices
Cloud computing is one of the best things that has happened within the information technology ecosystem. The biggest difficulty faced by computer users was finding the space to store their data. Data retrieval while in travel was also a major concern. Some of the portable storage devices were not trustworthy.
Storage of data in the cloud takes care of most of these issues. However, the question on many people’s minds is if cloud storage is safe from being hacked.
There is no direct and confirmed response to that question. Like you do in most other cases, certain steps will have to be taken by you, as the user, to ensure your data remains secure on the cloud.
Here are five such Cloud Computing Security tips:
1. Be Sure Where Your Data Is Being Stored
The first suggestion would be to not take for granted that once you have saved your files on the cloud, whether free or a paid one, your files are safe and protected.
In the first exercise check out your cloud storage service provider. If it is the regular Microsoft One Drive or Google’s Chrome Drive, you need not be worried. The cloud service provider will normally submit the details of the security their servers are equipped with. A knowledgeable systems engineer would understand them and can confirm the security is reliable.
2. Protect Your Own System
Ultimately, the files are created on your computer before being transferred to the cloud. Someone bent on hacking or stealing your information can intercept the data at your end and you will be at a loss. Take steps to ensure your system is fully protected through a good antivirus program that is updated regularly.
3. Go for Data Encryption
This is an added security measure and you can choose either or both of these options for data encryption on the cloud. One is to check with your cloud service provider if they have a policy of automatic encryption of data received on their servers. If they do, it is a good move to choose such a service provider. The other is to encrypt them even on your own system. As suggested, you can choose both.
4. Keep a Backup
This is a general piece of advice given to every user, particularly the ones who have a lot of important information to store and retrieve and use over a long period. Losing such information could lead to very serious disruptions in their day-to-day activities.
Such people should retain a copy of the information being sent up to the cloud so that even in the most unlikely event of the loss of the information from the cloud, there is no such disruption.
5. Hire a Legal Hacker
This is being recommended by experts these days. While every cloud service provider will claim their servers are impenetrable, you can simply challenge them by hiring an ethical hacker to try and enact a break-in. If the hacker succeeds in the effort, you should change the service provider. This can be done periodically to feel safe. (This is just one of many vulnerability assessment practices.)
The other piece of advice experts give is if the information is critically important, then don’t keep it in the cloud at all. Find safer ways to store them, possibly in an external drive stored in a safe locker somewhere.