Your Business and Cloud Security: Part 2

Your Business and Cloud Security: Part 2

Many small business owners have utilized the cloud during these challenging economic times. Business owners can save money by utilizing programs within the cloud, from Photoshop alternatives to project-management tools. However, the cloud can be a bit questionable with regards to security. Documents stored in the cloud can be compromised or damaged.

Password issues

Password protection is a crucial issue when dealing with the cloud and personal computers as well. Passwords can often be easily guessed or they’re shared too freely.

You must always carefully select passwords to your projects stored in the cloud. The more complex your passwords are the more difficult they are to guess. A great way to achieve 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

A few serious issues that will not soon go away for everyone who uses a computer are hackers, malware, and spyware. As business owners have little control over how secure the cloud is this aspect of security can be very scary indeed. Companies like Microsoft and Google must create their own security measures to protect the data stored in the cloud.

Common sense protection

There are a couple common-sense practices that will help protect small business owners who choose to store information in the cloud.

First, sensitive data may not be the best thing to store in the cloud. If your data is so sensitive that a compromise on its security could spell the demise of your business, think about saving it on a physical computing system and apply a secure back up protocol that is more controllable.

Secondly, business owners must stay vigilant about who they allow access to their cloud-stored data, documents, and reports. Owners are careful 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.