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When it Rains, it Pours – Keep Your Cloud-Based Data Safe

Do you see those black clouds culminating on the horizon? They represent the possibility that hackers will gain access to your cloud storage. Though it is protected a number of ways, it will not stop an experienced hacker.

b2ap3_thumbnail_keep_cloud_data_safe_400Do you see those black clouds culminating on the horizon? They represent the possibility that hackers will gain access to your cloud storage. Though it is protected a number of ways, it will not stop an experienced hacker. To them, your defenses are as transparent as those thin, wispy, cirrus clouds that are so welcome on a boiling hot summer day.

When it comes to cloud storage security, there are a number of things that you should keep in mind:

Use Obscure Words or Phrases for Your Password
Cloud storage starts with a password, but sometimes, hackers can find ways around them. This doesn’t mean that passwords are not safe, but it does mean that the possibility is there, and cannot be ignored. Hackers commonly use brute force tactics, where they attempt to crack the code by randomly inputting passwords. Though this process could take a long time, some hackers are likely more tenacious than you think, and won’t give up so easily if they truly want your data. Make sure that your password utilizes lower-case and upper-case letters, as well as numbers and symbols.

Another way to protect your data is to use less-common words for your password, or make up your own, rather than use a common word. Doing so puts you at risk of a dictionary attack, which involves a hacker inputting common passwords. Think about the amount of people who use the word “password” to keep their data safe. Their data isn’t so safe if the hacker assumes that they chose an obvious word for their password. Instead, opt for strange or obscure phrases. For example, “D3epSeaRh1n0F1shing#$9” will have hackers guessing for ages.

The Road Less Traveled Sure Has a Lot of Data!
Contrary to what some may think, data can be captured while it’s on its way to your cloud storage. While many storage clouds will encrypt the data while it is traveling, you still want to be wary and avoid web applications that do not have “https” in front of the URL. The “s” informs the user that the text’s data is a secure, encrypted protocol, and therefore, safe.

Hackers are Lazy
They might work pretty hard to get to your data, but in reality, hackers will likely utilize the easiest means possible to retrieve said data. This generally involves attacking the cloud storage itself rather than your personal data. This can mean that the hacker may not even care about your data and leave it alone, but do you want to take that risk? It’s best to use a cloud storage well known for having superior security.

Lock Your Password Away and Swallow the Key
Figuratively, not literally. Keep your password to yourself, and never tell it to anyone. Some hackers will try to get you to fork over your valuable information themselves by claiming to be a service provider, but don’t be fooled.

If you aren’t sure if you want to trust an unknown cloud source with your precious data, give PACE Technical Services a call at 905.763.7896. We can provide your business with a secure cloud storage solution to fit your company’s needs, and we’ll do our utmost to ensure that you don’t muddle through the oncoming storm alone.

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