TMCnet Feature
June 23, 2021

5 Tips For Making Cloud Storage More Secure

Cloud storage is fast, easy to use, and means that you don't have to waste space on expensive physical hard drives. That's why it's so popular amongst businesses and personal users. Although cloud storage is generally extremely safe, any system can be vulnerable to hackers. It's always worth following a few additional safety steps to keep your cloud data secure.

#1 Be password safe

All internet security begins with passwords. It's recommended that you change your password every 60-90 days, but password security runs much deeper than just changing one word for another. Passwords need to be hard to crack. They should contain at least one uppercase letter, along with a special character like a full stop or an exclamation mark. Never include words or common phrases in your passwords, as these will be easy to crack.

#2 Use two-factor authentication

Two factor authentication is simply another layer of security. It's available with most (although not yet all) cloud storage systems, and it means that a username and password aren't enough to get into the cloud. A code will also be sent to your mobile phone when you want to log in, so even if your username/password falls into the wrong hands, the cloud won't be compromised. Two-factor authentication might slow the login process down, but it's extremely secure and presents hackers with an additional barrier.

#3 Destroy deleted files

Most cloud systems come with a recycle bin, which is where recently deleted files go. That's useful and means that they can be easily retrieved should you find that you've deleted them by accident, but it makes permanently deleting sensitive documents more difficult. Deleted files can remain in the recycle bin for days, making them vulnerable to hacks and anyone else who gains access to the system. If you've just deleted some private documents and you know you won't need them again, take the additional step of completely emptying the recycle bin so that the data is removed.

#4 Secure your data

The ability to easily store data in third-party data centers is one of biggest advantages to cloud computing. Cloud business solutions allow companies to store resources in private, secure servers and networks. Understanding the specific requirements of your organization and taking the precautionary measures to adhere to strict security measures will help yield long-term success.

#5 Use event logs

Event logs do exactly that. They track and record activity within the cloud. While this isn't necessarily useful for preventing immediate threats, it lets analysts and security personnel understand what's happening if something does go wrong. By gaining a better understanding of network patterns and user behavior, analysts can sure up security in the future. Event logs take all the mystery out of cloud security and help companies to build a better picture of activity within the cloud.

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