There’s been a lot of talk lately about Cloud Computing. What is it? How does it work? Is your computer safe while using it? Let’s address some of the questions – First, cloud computing is basically your computerized data (songs, e-books, mail, and other documents) available to you with internet connection, sharable, and ‘floating’ around numerous devices that you can use to access it. Believe it or not, cloud computing has been around longer than people realize, and if your careful, you can keep your data safe and prolong the useful lifespan of your system.
Protecting Important Files with Cloud Computing
Second and what many may not know, is that there are many applications that we use on a regular basis that are cloud based. For example, Google Docs., online gaming, even certain networking sites are on a cloud and you could have some very important data on any of them. This is data that could be very detrimental if it is lost or stolen, so a cloud provider must have sufficient security and data recover measures in place. Mechanical or natural disasters could easily destroy the information on your computer, but storing it off-site in the cloud will provide backup and safe storage you need.
It’s also important that you never share your log in information with anyone, even if they say they’re performing maintenance, or updates. Some of the security measures will depend on your own caution, and your provider will never ask you to provide sensitive information. Cloud technology is being used for more and more applications, and the proper usage can help you protect important information and extend the life of your computer.
Not Just Any Old Password
With that in mind, take your password to the next level. Make it super strong using a long mixture of letters and numbers. Create your own phrase with or without spaces and test out the security strength. It’s better to come up with an unbreakable password like ‘my2Yorkiesatemy09Sandwich’ which will hold much more weight in an instance of hacking next to a wimpy phrase like ‘ilovedogs.’
There’s also greater defense when using a two-step verification password as well. Not only do you need to know the password but the security question too. Many online banks use this, and also remind you to change it after a few months. Also, use different passwords for different jobs. This way, if someone gets at your information on a certain website, they won’t be able to use it to get at the things you have stored in the cloud.
Lastly, malicious viruses can pop up and in this case your cloud computing experiences will not be fun. Your computer running smoothly will assist so that your uploading and downloading processes won’t be compromised. And as mentioned before, you aren’t alone in this process either. The cloud service provider should be working on their end to ensure the viruses and malware don’t infect your information while it’s in the cloud (which means you have people watching the system 24/7 to protect your data), but you will still be responsible for the performance of your own computer.
David Malmborg works with Dell. When he isn’t working he enjoys hiking, spending time with family and researching new technology.