Written by: Jay H.
Cloud technology provides many benefits, such as improved productivity, scalability, accessibility, and cost savings. However, many businesses worry that the cloud is more vulnerable to data breaches than on-premise servers. Truthfully, any computing environment is susceptible if you do not take proactive steps to secure them. Let’s go over how to secure your cloud data to prevent cybercriminals from doing irreparable harm.
Use Reputable Cloud Apps
Of course, you should only be using cloud applications that have a stellar reputation. Before adopting an app, ask questions like: Does this app put your business at risk of a data breach? Does it encrypt the data stored on its servers? Does it keep your data separate from that of others?
Fortunately, migrating from most cloud applications is an easy process. If you do not feel confident in the security of your apps, switch to a more reputable vendor.
Use Strong Passwords
Every online account you have needs a strong, unique password. However, this is especially important when it comes to accounts housing private data. Up to 80 percent of hacking-related breaches involve passwords, underscoring the importance of proper password practices. To learn more about creating secure passwords, check out our blog post: How to make a strong password.
Use Two-Factor Authentication
If you have the option, always enable two-factor authentication. This security measure requires you to provide information in addition to your password every time you sign this. For example, you may have to retrieve and enter a code texted to your phone. To learn more about two-factor authentication, read our blog post: Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): What is it and how it works.
Read The Fine Print
Before storing your data, be sure to read the terms of service (ToS). Some providers may state that by sharing your data on their platform, they have the right to use or distribute them. Know what you’re getting into before you upload your private files.
While data stored on the cloud is typically very secure, you should diminish the risk of data loss by creating backups of essential data. Making extra copies of your data on hard drives, USBs, or other storage devices will ensure that your business data is protected just in case. The saying “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” applies to data security as well. A comprehensive backup solution, including more than one backup location, helps prevent data loss.
Secure Your Cloud Data
Your business needs a comprehensive cloud backup solution to keep its data safe. Our managed IT services include backups and restoration to keep your data safe and quickly restore operations in the event of a disaster. Contact us today to learn about how our IT solutions can protect your business data.
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