We all store our valuable data on cloud because of its various advantages like massive storage at affordable price structure and remote access. But if you ask the experts, they’ll tell you that cloud is not a fool-proof service, so how to you deal with it? Let’s discuss some points.
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Why is data in CLOUD NOT SAFE?
Like the internet in general, the cloud services are vulnerable to threats. Some of these include –
- Data breach: As and when you store data on cloud you are making it prone to data breach, since cyber-attackers are majorly interested in storage format that cloud uses to store avalanche of company and consumer data. Attackers use Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDoS) to disrupt cloud services and data in it.
- Hacking passwords: While hardware and software are susceptible to hacking, your negligence can also lead to a problem. For instance, if you password is hacked, the hacker can make access into your cloud service and hack all data on it.
- Server crash or failure: Even the cloud servers are vulnerable to crash and failures. A crash or an outage can lead to permanent loss of data.
How to prevent CLOUD DATA LOSS?
While there are no predictable threats to cloud servers; there are some steps you can take to mitigate the loss that can happen because of the unpredictable nature of the cloud.
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- Unique and secure passwords: Most hackers check for vulnerable passwords to gain access. Therefore create unique passwords and keep them different for different services.
- Two-factor authentication: Always have the two-factor authentication activated so that you can get a notification when some attacker tries to manipulate your password. Also involve security question in setting up the password.
- Encrypt sensitive data: if you have sensitive information, encrypt it with programs like Boxcryptor before storing it in cloud. If you don’t want to use a separate data encryption program, then choose a cloud service with local decryption and encryption service.
- Backup your data: Always try and maintain a backup of the data stored on cloud (on local server) to give yourself a fair chance to restore data in case of a problem.
All the users and organizations using cloud servers for data storage should give priority to the above mentioned step to avoid a setback.