Don’t Give Up on the Cloud Just Yet: How to Secure Your Digital Information
With the recent hacking of iCloud and the release of nude photos of celebrities, everyone is more concerned than ever about cloud security. A lot of people started asking, if this can happen to famous people with enough money to protect themselves, what hope is there for all the normal people out there? However, celebrities have the same way of thinking when it comes to computers as Joe down the street. So, don’t give up on the cloud just yet. Here are just a few ways to increase your cloud security:
Because Apple’s iCloud and Find My iPhone app doesn’t lock you out when you try your password too many times, brute force attacks, or the trying of thousands of passwords until the right one is found, can be executed to break into someone’s files. This means you need to make sure your data is encrypted just in case someone does get into your account.
Before anything else, when you go to a website like your bank, check the URL to make sure it is secure. Instead of the former http, secure websites now display https at the beginning of the URL, explains Google. Additionally, encryption is the guaranteed solution to Internet (and cloud) security because it makes any data unreadable to anyone without the correct pass phrase or encryption key. Therefore, when deciding on a cloud service, read through each company’s policies and make sure they use encryption technology. For example, JustCloud is a service that uses bank-grade encryption, according to Top 10 Cloud Storage.
It cannot be stressed enough—nobody is safe on the Internet with a hackable password. Sadly, according to Infosecurity, 90 percent of passwords can be cracked in less than five seconds. So, how do you create stronger passwords?
Almost ten years ago, Paris Hilton’s cell phone was hacked when someone guessed her password to be the name of her dog, Tinkerbell. It did not take much effort for the hacker to find personal information about Paris Hilton off the Internet and start trying obvious choices. Instead of going with something obvious and easy to remember, choose a phrase that means something to you, and then replace some of the letters with numbers and symbols or capitalize random letters. Another option is to make your password long because the more characters a hacker has to guess, the harder it is to find the right combination.
Also, don’t use the same password for more than one account. If a hacker manages to get into one of your accounts, he or she could potentially get into all of your accounts, and therefore have access to all of your personal information. However, it can be difficult to remember so many passwords. To help with this problem, store them in an app like LastPass. This app uses AES 256-bit encryption and local-only decryption, which means your key never leaves your device and is secure.
Overall, keeping your personal information and files on the Internet is not difficult. You don’t have to give up on the cloud but rather just do your due diligence in visiting secure sites and creating secure passwords. So, now you can store anything in the cloud.