There is no harm in saying that technology has changed the human race upside down. Life has become quick, easy and a bit tiring. What was impossible yesterday seems possible today. All have happened in front of our eyes. For example, UBS drives came a decade ago and are now being replaced by another alternative known as cloud storage. Previously we used to carry our USB drives with ourselves be it universities, offices and more. But now we have the option of retrieving or accessing our data through online cloud accounts. This option lets you access all your stored files from any location using your id and password. No more hassle of carrying a physical drive everywhere you go.
If compared, your data is safer in cloud storage than your hard drive. These servers are located in an offsite location and are properly guarded. The data is kept in an encrypted form which acts as another barrier to cyber crooks, while your home computer is exposed to numerous hackers and random ransomware threats on a daily basis. We do recommend you to back up your data and get ransomware protection software to make sure you don’t end up empty-handed in case if you lose your device.
But on the other side of the story, Cloud storage’s security is at question. Cyber hackers can access your files using different tools to generate your password, guessing security questions, etc. the great iCloud hack (2014) is the perfect example of what may happen without your consent where inappropriate pictures of celebrities were leaked, published and distributed online.
The bigger risk? Read on. Let’s agree for a minute that data in these cloud accounts is secure and far from the reach of the hackers, but that doesn’t stop governments to access your private information. All they need to do is request access to the data stored in the cloud and the cloud companies don’t have much to argue or simply cannot deny access. Hundreds and thousands of requests are sent by the government each year all demanding access to the data of multiple users.
A few people argue that they don’t have much to hide as they aren’t doing anything wrong and don’t give a damn if someone gains access to their data. But the fact is each has the basic fundamental right of privacy if not involved in any suspicious activities.
What should you do? Take it or Leave it?
You might be in the state of a dilemma thinking ‘should I or should I not? Don’t worry! Know that your data is rather safe in the cloud if compared to a hard drive. The only issue is when you use cloud; your data is in the hands of other people which shouldn’t be of any concern if you aren’t bothered about your privacy. But if you are, then you may use the cloud but do take precautions like:
• Strong Passwords:
Create strong passwords for your cloud accounts is an important step through which you can easily restrict the cyber goons from gaining any access to your data. However, password protection only exists as a wall which can be breached. For example, a wall exists in front of your data but if someone hacks your password, all your data would be widely visible.
• Create a backup of different cloud accounts
Storing your data that is confidential in a cloud account is a reliable way of recovering your data if lost. But for added security, you can store the same data or more in multiple cloud accounts. doing so helps you maintain a complete peace of mind knowing your data can be recovered from not only one but more than more options.
• Use a Security Software
Getting protected using a security software is another way of keeping up your protection from the prying eyes. These software(s) are a complete package where they offer password protection, multiple cloud access and more.
The topmost cloud accounts range from Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive and Box account.
Dropbox offers cloud storage, personal cloud and file synchronization. It is the most famous cloud account and is known for its user-friendliness. It is a file hosting service operating by an American company whose headquarters are located in San Francisco.
Google Drive lets users store data such as files, photos, videos and more on their servers, share files and synchronize files across the devices. It is a file storage and synchronization service created by Google.
OneDrive lets you store your private as well as personal data in the cloud. It is a file hosting service operated by Microsoft (part of its online services suite).
Box lets you share files, collaborate and fulfill obligations to anyone by getting the real work done using any device. You can store all your confidential files and folders and access them later.