How Secure is the Cloud? Part 2

Businesses that have struggled in these tough economic times are finding some relief in the cloud.

Businesses that have struggled in these tough economic times are finding some relief in the cloud. The cloud can save a company a lot of money. Never the less, the cloud is not perfect for everyone, particularly when it comes to security concerns. There is the risk that documents, presentations, and data can be damaged or destroyed when stored in the cloud.

Password issues

One of the biggest security issues when dealing with the cloud is password protection. This is also one of the biggest security issues outside of the cloud.

Business owners must be careful to select passwords for 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 careful about sharing their passwords with too many people. The more individuals who have access to passwords, the more vulnerable important data and documents are.

Hacker alert

A few serious problems that will not soon go away for anybody 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 frightening indeed. Businesses like Microsoft and Google must create their own security measures to safeguard the data stored in the cloud.

Common sense protection

As with all computing, companies can protect themselves from the loss or theft of data with some common-sense practices.

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