Cloud Computing: What Is It All About?

In the not-so-distant past, we were very particular with home much information our hard drives can store because we save almost every file from documents, music and videos on this storage device. However, the era of hard drives is almost at a close with the period of cloud computing just dawning.

What is cloud computing?

The “cloud” in the term is actually a metaphor for the Internet. Hence, when we say cloud computing, it’s just another way of saying that you’ll be saving information directly on the Internet. But with all the security breaches and hackers there are, can you really sleep soundly at night while knowing that your next day’s presentation is saved in the Internet?

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What is data security?

In order for you to judge if cloud computing really is as safe and secure as they say it is, you need to know more about data security first. Most of the time, your files will be protected with the help of a password, but is that sole security measure sufficient enough or should you opt for your files to be fully encrypted. The choice will eventually be up to you but you can definitely do more to protect your files:

Choose your passwords carefully. Your password, no matter how witty you might think it is, is always vulnerable to attacks and hackers. So on top of the common password making tips which include using upper and lower case characters, and both letters and symbols, make it a habit to change your password every now and then just to throw hackers off their tracks.

Encrypt data. Hackers can grab hold of your information not just by knowing what your password is but also by capturing your data while in travels through the cyberspace. However, most websites are encrypting data as they are travelling back and forth so capturing these pieces of information are near impossible. Make sure that your standalone cloud storage app has some form of data encryption measure put into place and if you’re using a Web app, make sure that the url starts with an https and not just the ordinary http.

Don’t forget the basics. If you think that computers are crafty, don’t forget that humans are more dangerous than any computer. Make sure that you do not give out your password to anyone, even to a person who claims that he is part of your company’s technical support team. Legit individuals who are part of your technical support team will not ask for the most sensitive information, ironically. They’re trained to troubleshoot problems by asking only the most minimal information.

The writer, Keith Daniels, loves to blog about websites, online language learning and data security. He shares great insights about Macquarie Telecom Ltd (MAQ)

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