How to keep cloud storage secure and safe

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As the adoption of cloud storage is growing, it is becoming easy to carry documents, passwords, movies, images, music, etc. on one go. Though it is convenient for us, data upload to a third-party platform might fetch some security risks that are as follows. First, we never know what is happening behind the screens in the server farms, as anyone working in or for the data center can easily have access to data.

Thus, to avoid all future digital embarrassments, it is better to take precautionary steps to ensure that the data on the cloud is safe and secure.

So, here are a few tips that could help in keeping data safe on cloud-

Using a strong password makes sense as it helps keep information from being accessed by prying eyes. Therefore, using a strong password- in sense, the combination of alpha-numeric characters tucked with one or two special characters that are 10-14 characters longs makes complete sense. Avoid using phrases that are commonly used like ‘I love you’ and such.

2FA usage is a must– This is nothing but a double or a triple authentication requirement before accessing an account. It can be a text or an OTP sent to a phone or email, thus making it a challenge for a threat actor to access an account.

Storing sensitive info offline– It is always better to store sensitive information offline and away from the cloud. And anyone having access to the server can sneak into the data and analyze what is being stored.

Avoid using public wi-fi- While on the go, better to not access a cloud platform from a public wi-fi as it can allow hackers sniff the credentials and re-launch an attack. Better to use mobile data as 4G and 5G are considered as most secure networks.

Use a CSP with several security levels– Using a cloud storage platform having several security levels like encryption and 2FA makes complete sense.

Backing up files on a regular note will make recovery possible, if/when the situation arises.

Using an anti-virus platform makes complete sense and helps in protecting the data from being stolen or corrupted.

Figure out the access policies in advance. Keeping a limit to who can access files like who can read them or edit them will help in keeping unwanted activity at bay.

Using an ISO 27001 certified cloud storage provider makes sense as they are certified in keeping information security high, as per the international standards.

Hope it helps!

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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