The Covid-19 pandemic forced many individuals to work at home, so it’s not surprising that there was a sharp rise in the use of the cloud for storing information. There are risks with using cloud resources, but they can be managed with some simple steps. Here are 6 tips for staying safe in the cloud.
- Use strong passwords and 2FA. Passwords will be the key to accessing data in the cloud, so passwords should be complex, unique, and not used for any other site or service.
- Research the Cloud provider and read the user agreement. Yes, it’s not glamorous, but it’s important to understand if the cloud provider you’ll be working with has a good reputation and also how they will store and protect your data.
- Encrypt your sensitive files. Certain cloud providers can encrypt your files before they are stored or give you the option to encrypt individual files.
- Sign out of cloud services when not in use. It’s convenient to stay signed in to a cloud service, but it’s safer to sign out when you’re done. And avoid using shared computers and having your browser remember your cloud passwords.
- Backup your data. Just because you store data in the cloud doesn’t mean it can’t be lost. In fact, almost all cloud storage provider agreements specifically state that your data safety is not guaranteed. There are cloud-to-cloud backup solutions as well as local backup solutions available.
- Keep personal and company cloud data separate. Use personal cloud services to store personal data and files. If available, use your company’s provisioned cloud storage solution for any work-related files.
Everyone stay safe out there!