Tips for your Cloud Computing Security
While we are all very excited about the entire cloud data storage concept and feel that it’s a sigh of relief from the constant battle against malware, key loggers, PC monitoring software, and the like, we tend to forget that there are steps which we need to take to ensure cloud computing security even after we have shifted all our digital content into the cloud.
It’s not as difficult as putting security barriers on an Android but sometimes it isn’t a walk through the park either. So to eliminate any confusion and assist the technologically challenged, here are ten steps that will make your life on the cloud a smooth experience.
When it comes down to ideal scenarios, your username and password should be unique for every service or site you have credentials for. The reason is simple: if one gets compromised, so do the rest of your accounts.
- Security Questions
Always be sure to avoid questions to answers that can easily be found online with a few keyboard strokes. Taking a quick glance at a social media page, such as your Facebook profile, might easily give away an answer to your security question. Best way to go about this is to choose a question and answer it with another question’s answer. For instance if you choose the question where did you live as a kid, answer with ‘yellow’.
Although encryption software does require little effort on the user’s part, it will also scramble and code your credentials so that no one will be able to procure them easily. This allows encryption to be a great idea, wherever possible.
- Manage Your Passwords
By this time you will have a lot of passwords and usernames to be tracking and taking care of. So to manage this get your hands on an app or software that will do this for you.
- Two Factor Authentication
This entails two modes which are being used by the site before allowing the user entry. So instead of just username and password, a unique code will also be required which is available through a text message to your phone at the time of log in. This will allow your credentials to remain secure even if someone obtains them, as they would have their access denied due to a lack of the unique code.
- Don’t Think, Just Backup
It may be strange to be told to backup data on a physical drive when it comes to securing cloud computing data, but that is what you need to do. Taking a step further into virtualization, backups become a must-have for your data. Never think twice pertaining to backups; you should simply backup your data on an external drive and keep it with you.
- When Done, Delete
Again, why bother deleting anything when there are limitless data storage options around? The reason is that you never know how much data can later become potentially dangerous for you. If an e-mail or a warning message from some bank account has outlived its worth, simply delete it.
- Be Careful Where You Log In
There are many instances where we log in from devices other than our own. And of course we tend to forget that these other devices may be saving our information via web browsers.
- Anti-Virus and Anti-Spy Software
The reason for this, despite having to do with cloud data, is that all the access to the cloud is from your system first. Hence if your system is at risk, so is your online data. Forgetting to encrypt gives key loggers the opportunity to get to your cloud vendor password and hence all may be lost anyway.
- Don’t Share Too Much
Never share any information regarding your cloud storage with anyone. Keeping passwords a secret is a must but never be too keen on letting people know specifics of which vendor or service you use too for extra security.