The cloud is everywhere! Whether you know exactly what it is or not, chances are, you’ve got information in the cloud right now. Not only do websites use the cloud, but many mobile apps are using the cloud as well.
That’s a good thing because the cloud can make life a lot easier and more convenient. It’s a bad thing because it means more and more of our personal information is finding its way on the internet, and that means more ways for hackers to gain access to that information.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to start getting serious about keeping your information secure in the cloud. Here’s how.
Encryption is Key
Encryption is absolutely vital to any security plan, whether you’re in the cloud or not, but it’s especially important if you’re using a cloud service.
First, make sure the cloud service or app you’re using is encrypting your information. You may have to take a close look at the user agreement to make sure this is the case.
If you really want to make sure your information is safe, you can also encrypt your information before you upload it to the cloud. Of course, your WiFi network should be encrypted as well.
Avoid Storing Important Information in the Cloud
Storing information in the cloud is convenient. It allows you to access your information anytime from anywhere and you never have to worry about it disappearing just because your computer crashes.
However, that doesn’t mean you should store everything in the cloud. A few things you should avoid storing in the cloud include:
- Lists of passwords
- Scanned images of IDs
- Personal information like social security numbers and date of birth
- Tax information
Get Serious About Your Passwords
You’ve probably heard a million times how you should do a better job of choosing the right passwords. That means not using dictionary words, using symbols, and using a password that is at least eight characters long.
That’s great advice, but if you really want to get serious about your passwords on cloud computing platforms, you have to enable two-factor authentication.
Not only does the process require you to know your password, it also requires you to have access to a phone number or email address. That way, even if a hacker knows your password, they can’t complete the second step of the process.
Limit Applications That Have Access to Your Cloud Account
There’s no doubt that syncing all of your accounts to the cloud will make life a lot easier, but it is dangerous. If you want to stay secure in the cloud. you have to limit applications that have automatic access to your account. That means avoiding the temptation to sync your social media apps.
Security is more important than ever in today’s digital age. If you use the internet and apps on a regular basis, you should make sure you’re following these tips because you’re using the cloud whether you know it or not.