Many people are starting to use cloud storage, such as iCloud and DropBox, but there are security tips you need to know in order to keep your data safe while still giving you the ease of access. Don’t be fooled by the convenience, there are certainly some issues with cloud storage and security that you need to be on the lookout for. Each step you take will make your personal data safer.
One of the most important things you can do is actually read the Terms of Service (TOS) for anything you sign up for. Too often we just click to agree without actually reading anything. If you don’t pay attention to the details, you could be giving someone the right to distribute what you store, which can lead to some problems down the line.
Most cloud storage services don’t go that far, but it pays to know what you are signing up for, just in case. You have to be informed and reading the TOS is a great place to start.
Your passwords are important when storing your information. Make sure that you develop strong passwords that can withstand a few hacking attempts. There are many tips out there, including the fact that you should use capital letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols if possible. Don’t use a common word and try to use different passwords for each website. Even more importantly, change your password.
If possible, aim for two-step verification where you have to answer a question from your mobile phone in order to sign in. This is just added security that can help you keep your cloud data uncompromised. Think about it: if someone gets your email password, you might as well call it a day because of all the stuff you have stored there.
It might seem simple, but don’t store things you don’t need consistent access to. Things like your credit card information, SSN, and home address don’t need to be stored on the cloud for everyone to read.
One of the most important things you need to do is always have a backup for your data. You should have access to your data with a few clicks of a mouse. If you are using the cloud, you should also back your data up locally on an external hard drive or a thumb drive.
You’ll have a backup just in case and you will have access even if you don’t have an internet connection.
One of the easiest and best ways to safeguard your privacy is to encrypt your data. You can get help doing this with different services and programs. This may take some time, but you will be safer and feel like you can store information with less worry. (You still need to be careful, but this can help.)
There are different levels of encryption you can use, it just depends on what you think you need.