Personal computers are greatly limited in their ability to store data; a hard drive can only hold a finite amount of information. This limitation for data can create certain issues because we often amass more content on our computers than we have space for.
Enter cloud storage. Cloud storage has made it possible for information to be stored remotely while still being accessed from your personal computer at home. This solution offers an incredible advantage to those seeking more storage space; however, just as you should take precautions to protect the data on your personal computer, you should be just as careful when storing your personal data in the “cloud.”
Choose a Renowned and Respected Company
With any Web-based decision, you must consider the risk of your information being accessible to the wrong people. However, you can minimize this risk by choosing a company with reputable security standards; below are a few tips you should review while searching for a cloud storage service:
- Does the company encrypt its users’ data? Find out in their terms of service agreement so your sensitive data isn’t vulnerable to other readers.
- Does the service have a proven infrastructure?
- Does the company have an established customer base? You should research if other businesses and customers are happy with their service.
- Do they have geographically distributed data centers? These ensure that there are failovers if constant uptime is mandated and unforeseen problems occur with the primary data center. This diversifies risk.
- Check their third-party validation and accreditation. Regular, successful audits are essential to verify the provider is conducting business securely.
Back Up Your Data and Information – Always
While it may seem like you’ve found a reliable cloud service provider, you can never rule out a server hack or server meltdown, so you have to do everything in your power to back up your important data. A good way to do this is to take advantage of several cloud services that offer free cloud storage. While free cloud services don’t offer as much space as membership-based cloud services, you’ll have enough space to back up your important data.
Staying secure with cloud storage begins with you, so be sure that you’re doing everything in your power to protect your data. Cloud storage is an incredible platform for storing, synchronizing, and sharing large amounts of data, but you need to make sure you’re working with a reputable partner and taking precautions to make sure you data is backed up.
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