Cloud Computing – Is It Safe?

By Booki Yakobi, Owner, Essential Data Services

More and more people are using the cloud to share and store data – often without even realizing it. Social networks like Facebook, web-based browsers such as Gmail and even online banking are all forms of cloud computing, and ones most people are familiar and comfortable with. But when it comes to storing personal or sensitive business data in the cloud, many users are still a little wary.

One of their biggest concerns, unsurprisingly, is security. By moving their data into the cloud, businesses are giving up some control of both their data, and the way in which it is protected. Possible security threats could be anything from password vulnerability, en-route exposure of sensitive data or even data loss. Fortunately, there are a few key cloud safety tips you can use to ensure you are protected.

Cloud safety tips:

  • Do your research. Whether you choose Essential Data Services or another cloud service provider, spend some time getting to know their service offerings and track record. Choose a company with a good reputation.
  • Use strong passwords and practices. This is good advice in any computing situation, but when you are storing data in the cloud, it’s especially important. Your username and password should be unique for every service or site you have to use credentials for, and should be changed often. If you have many accounts you may even choose to use a password management service or app. Don’t share your passwords with anyone.
  • Encrypt files. Many cloud service providers cloak data en route to the cloud by encrypting files on a user’s computer or device before uploading it. There will be a key required on the other end in order to unlock it.Back up your data. As we mentioned in our last blog post, keeping a local backup of any data you put in the cloud ensures you have a copy in the case of accidental deletion or temporary loss of connectivity.
  • Take care when logging in. Many times we end up logging into our data from computers and devices other than our own, even publicly available ones such as in a library or school. In those times, take extra care to ensure you have logged out properly and your password has not been exposed.

How the cloud can protect your data
Of course flip side of this is that storing your data in the cloud actually offers you added protection from many security threats and vulnerabilities. External hard drives can sustain physical damage from water, fire or theft, as well as just overheating, and wear and tear. Backing up your data in the cloud ensures you will always have a copy of your data kept safe from any physical or onsite issue. With all the benefits cloud storage and backup can offer, it may be more of a risk if you don’t take advantage of it.

Essential Data Services offers cloud data storage and recovery solutions through partnerships with IBM and Asigra. For more details, contact us today at 1.866.408.2737 or info@essentialdata.ca.

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About Essential Data Services

We are the leading provider of Remote Backup, Application Sharing "Cloud", Disaster Recovery, Server Hosting and Help Desk solutions to small and medium sized businesses across Canada. Companies from many different industries rely on us for their mission critical services because of our sound knowledge of enterprise-class solutions and dedication to achieving 100% up time.
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