This World Backup Day, we want to increase awareness on the importance of backing up your data and keeping it secure in the Cloud.
The Cloud has become a place where data is continually stored, USB’s or external hard drives are now rarely used, and the number of cloud users increases yearly. The complete shift from working offline and into the Cloud is happening.
From confidential business documents, passwords to identification card scans, the Cloud has become the storage for businesses and individuals alike. But how can you be sure that your data is safe on the Cloud?
What Is Cloud Backup?
It is the process of storing or sending data to a cloud-based server through a secured public or propriety network. Cloud storage is often confused with cloud backup. Cloud backup users can synchronize data where any changes made in the original file reflects in its cloud version.
Cloud backup services continuously scan your virtual setup for changes and updates it in the Cloud. This service ensures data recovery in the event of a disaster.
There are multiple approaches to cloud backup that can fit your business’ requirements, these includes:
Public Cloud: Third-party providers such as Microsoft 365 offers cloud services over the public internet that can be available to use or purchase. Public Cloud is either free or sold on-demand, allowing users to pay per bandwidth or storage they consume.
Private Cloud: Also known as the internal Cloud, are typically used by one organization and are not exposed to the public. Private cloud infrastructure is protected by a firewall guaranteeing that only users inside the company can have access to the data.
Hybrid Cloud: It connects a company’s private and public Cloud into a single infrastructure, enabling organizations to meet their business objectives more effectively than public or private clouds alone.
Tips To Keep Your Data Safe In The Cloud
1. Don’t Store Sensitive Information
It is sensible to avoid storing confidential and sensitive information on the Cloud, such as your passwords or credit card details, because honestly speaking, there is no such thing as privacy on the internet and identity theft continues to rise.
It is not only your personal information but also your business properties such as copyrights, blueprints, etc.; this data can accidentally land on another system, which can lead to potential data leakage.
2. Encrypt Your Data
Cloud services provide local encryption of your data, where it needs to be decrypted before gaining access; this protects your data from administrators and service providers itself. Multiple third-party tools also allow you to encrypt data before storing it in the Cloud. They generate and apply passwords before uploading, giving you the extra assurance that your private information is tightly secured.
3. Create Strong Passwords
This may sound repetitive, but creating a general or basic password wouldn’t work since it’s the easiest way to compromise your Cloud. It’s imperative to have a secure and complex password apart from frequently updating them.
4. Install Anti-Virus Software
The problem might not be the cloud security but the system you are using. Encryption, passwords are among the security measures that can be done. If there is no proper protection in place for your systems, hackers can still get access to your account, exposing it to viruses that can penetrate your cloud storage.
In conclusion, you can’t rely on one method alone for securing data in your Cloud. At Uniserve IT Solutions, we can help you find the right solution to keep your cloud backup data safe and secure. Contact us today!