Have you heard of the term “store it in the cloud?” Do you know what it means? Cloud storage security and infrastructure services are a growing trend within all industries. Additionally, as technical as these features sound, they aim to be used by both businesses and beginner consumers. So, in other words, the cloud is for everybody.
If you’d like to read more about cloud storage, this article is for you. Furthermore, after covering the basics, we’ll discuss how to keep your data secure while using it. Continue through for details.
What is cloud storage?
Cloud storage is a method of holding computer data on remote servers. The data is accessible from any online connection, as long as the user has the correct log-in credentials. The logical pools within the cloud can hold more data than a local computer since they have more available resource capacity. For instance, have you ever received an offer from Apple to upgrade to 2 terabytes of storage for your photos and other files? To get the same amount of storage on your computer, you’d most likely have to connect an external hard drive.
How can virtual storage in the cloud be a benefit?
A virtual storage service has many benefits over traditional physical methods. From a user’s perspective, the cloud requires less hardware to maintain large amounts of data. All the work of running equipment or servers to house the information falls on the storage provider.
The other benefit is accessibility. Through the cloud, multiple users can view the data. Group collaboration projects are more time efficient and less restrictive. Imagine no more coordinating at the office to meet in person. Everyone logs on from wherever they are and goes to work on the assignment. Anytime. Anyplace. The job completes thanks to cloud storage.
Why is there an emphasis on cloud storage security?
The rising need to enhance cloud storage security comes from the very nature of the product itself. The entity contains private data. It’s a shiny object that hackers would like to take. With all the basics said, we’ll now explain how to protect your cloud data. Below are some great tips that every user, regardless of business or personal, should employ.
1. Set up two-factor authentication
Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) restricts unauthorized entrance to your accounts. 2FA works by using two separate previously registered devices. A log-in attempt happens on the first device, and a verification code produces on the other. The user types the code from the second device onto the first, and if it matches, the log-in succeeds.
NEVER provide verification codes to others. There are several text messaging scams where hackers pose as employees and con victims into providing their verification codes. Support the security of your accounts by keeping this code to yourself.
2. Check connected third-party apps
Cloud services, like Dropbox, have connection access to third-party apps. It makes it easier for users to share data, but it comes at a cost. Think of every connection as a door or window that a robber can gain entry. We know that all houses need doors and windows, and that they make the homeowner more comfortable. The difference our metaphor has with real life is that digitally, we don’t always realize when we left a door open or if a window has an exploitation.
Increase the security set up of your cloud storage by routinely reviewing all third-party associations. If you no longer use that particular app, then disable the connection.
3. Put an expiration date on your file link shares
Many cloud storage services will allow users to share a direct link to specific files with others. While this makes it easy to spread needed information, it also opens the door to risks. Advanced scammers can utilize the root directory path (found in the file link) to access other files. It’s not so clear-cut as described, but it is possible with skill and persistence. In essence, mitigate access by adding an expiration date to your file link shares whenever possible.
4. Remove deleted files; especially sensitive ones
Keeping deleted files in the default deleted folder can be helpful if you assert that you need the file restored. However, when it comes to sensitive material, the longer it lingers, the longer it has to be found. If you intend to delete something permanently on your cloud, search through the undelete options of the service and make sure the files are truly gone.
5. Turn on select account notifications
Take a moment to look through the settings of your cloud data storage provider. Select for notifications when there is a log-in attempt to your account. Additionally, consider receiving activity alerts for new share links, folder creation, or file deletes. With cloud storage security, a prompt reaction can protect your accounts.
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