Security, The Cloud, And You — Must Read Guide To Cloud Storage
(UnitedHeadlines.com) – In today’s world, technology is a dominant force. The days of keeping endless paperwork and physical files are all but gone. Now, the world uses storage devices to keep files secure, leaving plenty of space to work or even add in an office plant or two. There’s another way people can store information: the Cloud.
Many people question how secure data stored with this technology really is, but better understanding of how the Cloud functions can put most minds at ease.
What Is the Cloud?
In order to use the Cloud, you need to know what it is. Essentially, the Cloud is a type of software that runs on the Internet rather than on a single device. Any files saved here will go to a third-party server for storage, which allows people to access them on the Cloud wherever there’s an Internet connection, even on a friend’s device.
Given the Internet’s reputation for scams and hackers, storing data on it may seem a little sketchy, but it’s not.
Is It Safe?
Oddly enough, you have a higher chance of having someone steal the contents off your computer’s hard drive than you do of them stealing information from the Cloud. Hackers and scammers look to use malware and phishing techniques in an attempt to freeze your device and its contents, demanding a ransom in exchange for their relinquished control.
With Cloud services, large companies like Google have much more robust security systems, making it harder and often nearly impossible for hackers to breach.
One of the ways the Cloud keeps data more secure than any of your devices ever will is its redundancy. Cloud services back up data to a physical server, but not just one. This means that in the event a phone becomes lost or stolen, as long as you opted-in to back up its contents, all the information it contained can easily go to a new device. In addition, backing up data to multiple servers means that even if one goes down, you can still retrieve your data through another server.
It sounds fancy and expensive, but the Cloud servers often encrypt your data automatically. When you allow them to encrypt your data, only you have the key to unlock it. The files you’re attempting to store won’t send out until you encrypt them, meaning they’re secured before ever making it to the Cloud; not even the service provider can see your files. You can protect your info even more by adding two-step authentication.
The Internet is undoubtedly a scary place, but as long as you steer clear of unsafe sites, you don’t have to fear all of it. And as long as you use the Cloud, you can feel secure that your files are as safe as they’re going to get. Always make sure your information is on secure sites with encryptions in place to further protect yourself and your data.
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