How Secure is the Cloud? Part 2

On February 16, 2012, in Cloud Computing, Security, by Social Media

The cloud has been a great thing for small business owners struggling through tough economic times. Instead of purchasing pricey enterprise software, business owners can save their dollars by accessing powerful computing programs in the cloud, everything from high-end word processors and project-management tools to spreadsheets and Photoshop alternatives. But, the cloud isn't perfect, especially when it comes to security issues. Entrepreneurs need to be conscious that their documents, presentations, and marketing materials can be damaged when they're stored in the cloud.


Password issues

Password protection is a crucial issue when dealing with the cloud and personal computers also. Passwords can often be easily guessed or they are shared too freely.

Business owners must be careful to choose passwords to their cloud projects that are challenging for others to guess. The best option is for owners to include a blend of letters and numbers in their passwords. Owners should also be cautious about sharing their passwords with a lot of people. The more people who have access to passwords, the more in danger important data and documents are.

Hacker alert

A few serious problems that will not soon go away for anyone who uses a computer are hackers, malware, and spyware. As business owners have little control over how secure the cloud is this part of security can be very scary indeed. Businesses like Microsoft and Google must create their own security measures to protect the data stored in the cloud.

Common sense protection

Protecting yourself from theft in the cloud can be as simple as applying some common sense practices.

First, sensitive data may not be the best thing to store in the cloud. If your data is so sensitive that a compromise on its security could spell the collapse of your business, consider saving it on a physical computing system and apply a secure back up process that is more controllable.

Secondly, before giving every employee free access to cloud-stored data, think carefully about which employees actually needs access to that information. People are often careful about protecting their laptops and desktop computers from prying eyes; this attitude should be applied to the cloud as well.

 

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