Cloud computing can offer great convenience and cost savings for businesses looking for a smarter way to store and back up data. However, mitigating security risks will remove the vulnerability of storing important data in the cloud. Below are some considerations with cloud security to help you keep sensitive information safe and secure.
Predictable passwords equals trouble
Recent celebrity photo scandals have proven that poorly chosen and predictable passwords allows almost anyone to have access to sensitive data. You need to step up your game when it comes to password selection. The first step? Choose different passwords for each account, service, or even each file. Use strong passwords that include combinations of symbols, upper and lower case letters and numbers. Consider the benefit of using a password management solution such as Last Pass, to alleviate memorizing each one.
User agreements vary
Before you begin storing information using a cloud service, you will want to read through the user agreement. This may be a tedious task, but it will let you know exactly who may access your information, who owns your information, etc. User privacy should be a priority, as this will be one baseline indicator that your data is safe.
Encryption offers a second level of protection
Aside from choosing strong passwords, you can reduce the worry of a data breach with encryption, which adds secondary passwords to specific files. This adds an extra layer of security for any files containing employee or client’s personal and financial information.
To tap into the advantages of cloud computing without worrying about the security of your data, connect with Nextrio at 520-519-6301. We provide smart IT solutions for small businesses throughout southern Arizona.