|4 steps to cloud file security|
As we enter the era of cloud computing, it’s a sure thing that many users will be unsure of the security of the system they are using and the documents and files stored within. Truthfully, these systems are fairly secure but not 100% as there is still a chance of information being stolen. In order to minimize this chance, it would be a good idea to ensure that your files are secure within the cloud service you are using.
Here are four tips on how you can keep data stored in the cloud safe.
1. Cloud encryption is key
Checking with the different services you use can go a long way in helping you decide what to store and where. For example Google doesn’t doesn’t currently encrypt files stored on Drive. The same goes for Evernote and the free version of Dropbox. There is rumor that these companies especially Google are working on establishing encryption for all files but this may not happen for a while. Some providers like SugarSync do use encryption but it may not be enough. To ensure maximum security, look for providers that offer at least 128-bit AES encryption. Anything higher will obviously be better.
2. Secure files before they go online
Another option is to add a password for access before the files are uploaded. There are other options as well, including using a program like boxcryptor that creates an encrypted folder on your hard drive and links to various cloud storage services. When you place a file into the boxcryptor folder, it will be synced with the related service and automatically encrypted.
3. Ensure files are secure when being moved
You should make sure that the solutions you use encrypt data while it is being uploaded. In truth, almost all of the cloud services do but it would be worth it to check again.
4. Lock down your accounts
Services like Google Drive and DropBox offer two-factor (dual) authentication. What this means is that if you enable it, you will need to do another step before gaining access to your files. This usually means entering a code sent in a text message to your phone or answering a security question.
If you take these steps to ensure that your files and systems are secure, there should be little to no chance of having files or information stolen. We do have to warn you however that nothing is 100% secure but the more steps you take will definitely increase the security of your information. And if you’re looking for a cloud storage solution that offers the highest level of security, you can always contact us to see how we can help.
Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.
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