Is the Cloud Secure?

070213-cloudcomputingWhen hackers stole stars’ private photographs off iCloud last week, you probably wondered two things:

How does that happen?

And, could it happen to me?

Cloud storage is so popular that you probably use it without even knowing it. From web-based email services like Gmail and Hotmail to apps for your smartphone, we’re willing to bet you use the cloud every day.

But the cloud is also useful for storage – in fact, private and business users use it every day to store company data, important files, and treasured family photographs. It’s also a great way to backup files offsite from your home or office.

Is the cloud secure? We say yes. Using the cloud for file storage is as secure as any other storage method that’s connected to the Internet. Nothing is 100 percent guaranteed – except storage that is completely offline.

PNSolutions offers cloud services, and we think it is a secure and smart way to store your files or business data. We take steps to ensure that our cloud customers’ data is secure by:

  • Staying Up to Date: We are constantly monitoring security news, so we’re on top of the latest threats and vulnerabilities.
  • Keeping Current: We update our hardware and software as soon as updates become available to ensure we’re always running the latest versions.
  • Monitoring: We constantly monitor our cloud accounts so we can catch threats before they happen and respond to them quickly.
  • Evaluation: We’ll evaluate your current cloud storage situation and come up with a plan that is customized for your business with only the services you need.

Once you begin using the cloud, whether for business or personal use, there are steps you can take to make your account more secure and less attractive to hackers. We love these tips from CNET:

Enable Two-Step Verification: Add a second layer of security on your account by requiring a second layer of authentication to log in. This can be as simple as requiring a security code that is sent to your mobile number

Disable Services You Don’t Use: Does an app or service need access to the cloud? Unless you actually use it, turn it off. To modify your iCloud settings, go to Settings >iCloud. If there’s no data in the cloud, there’s no reason for someone to hack your account. Try to reduce the number of apps that upload to the cloud automatically; take control of what goes there.

Don’t Be Afraid to Lie: Security questions are common online as a second level of authentication for all kinds of accounts. Who says you have to tell the truth? Consider making up answers to those questions. Anyone who wants to hack your account will spend the time sleuthing to find the correct answers to your questions. This is one situation where we think it’s OK to lie.

Review Cloud Usage Everywhere: From handy services like Dropbox or Box to Flickr and Android devices, take the time to look at your cloud usage everywhere, and disable any services you don’t actually use. Again, you want to minimize the data that is automatically uploaded to the cloud without your intervention.

Use Strong Passwords: We know, we say it all the time, but don’t underestimate the power of a long, complicated password. If you haven’t read our tips for creating strong passwords, do so now.

PNSolutions help you with secure cloud computing services, from assessing current security to customizing a plan for you. Give us a call to learn more -- we’re happy to answer all of you questions and address your security concerns. Contact us today!

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