Posted on July 5, 2015

Security and Privacy When Using Cloud Data Storage Services

The issue of data privacy is on the minds of many computer and smart phone users today, especially given the recent security breach that resulted in the private photos of few celebrities being released on the Internet. With the development of technology, managed cloud storage services have become a popular option for many people to store their files. But do they ensure the privacy and security of your files? If you are worried about the security and privacy of your files that are stored in cloud data services, here are some steps that you can follow, in order to keep your private information out of the wrong hands.

There are many service providers offering cloud data storage solutions in Canada. You should be careful to choose only the best and most reputable provider to ensure your online privacy. You need to take some time and assess their credentials. The time you spend on this will be a great investment towards your privacy. Another important factor is to stick to a cloud service that operates according to accepted industry standards. These standards include ISAE3402/SSAE16, ISO 27001 and CSA STAR. Of these standards, CSA STAR can be defined as the first internationally recognized standard to ensure the security of cloud based storage solutions.

Using easy to crack passwords can be considered one of the most common reasons people fail to ensure the security of their files. Unfortunately, many people still use passwords like ‘123456’ and ‘password’.  You need to create a password that is hard, if not impossible to guess.  It should include both upper case and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. You should never use an ordinary word as your password. If you own a company, you need to develop a robust password policy to make sure that all your employees use strong passwords for their cloud data storage access. For individuals and companies alike, it is a good practice to change your passwords on a regular basis.

Many people prefer to use smart phones and tablets for their day to day activities. If you are such an individual, you need to make sure that mobile access to your cloud based storage is secure. That’s why it is recommended to use a Virtual Private Network, or VPN for access.

Last but not least, you need to encrypt all your files before uploading them to a Canadian cloud storage space. You will also be asked to give information about the type of encryption that has been used because of the Service Level Agreement of your cloud based data storage service provider.

Following the advice above will go a long way to ensuring you are not the next victim of cloud storage hacking and will keep your sensitive photos and documents safe from prying eyes.

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