How Secure is the Cloud? Part 2

The cloud can be a blessing for small business owners struggling through tough economic times. Instead of purchasing pricey enterprise software, business owners can save their dollars by accessing powerful computing programs in the cloud, from high-end word processors and project-management tools to spreadsheets and Photoshop alternatives. But, the cloud isn’t perfect, particularly when it comes to security issues. Entrepreneurs need to be aware that their documents, presentations, and marketing materials can be damaged when they are stored in the cloud.

Password issues

The biggest security issue that company owners face when it comes to cloud computing happens to also be the biggest security issue that users also face when it comes to computing: passwords that are either too easy to guess or shared too freely.

You must always carefully select passwords to your projects stored in the cloud. The more complex your passwords are the harder they are to guess. A good way to accomplish this is to use a mixture of numbers and letters in your passwords. Also, you should not share these passwords with lots of people.

Hacker alert

Hackers, malware, and spyware are issues for anybody who owns a computer. Likewise, they are significant issues for cloud environments. As a user of a third party cloud storage service, you do not have control over the security of the cloud which can be very distressing for business owners. Large companies must create their own security for the data that is stored in the cloud.

Common sense protection

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

First, think about the kind of information you would be storing in the cloud. Whatever is extremely sensitive might not be the best to store in the cloud. It could be safer to back up this information on a personal system and find a more secure way to store it.

Secondly, business owners must remain vigilant about who they grant access to their cloud-stored data, documents, and reports. Owners are mindful about whom they allow to access the files on their desktops and laptops and they should be equally careful when it comes to granting others access to their cloud-hosted information.

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