Is My Data Safe In the Cloud?
One of the number one questions I get asked with regards to cloud computing is this, “Should I be concerned about security issues when I’m using cloud computing for my business?” The answer is YES! But please keep reading before you write off cloud computing altogether.
Today we have a plethora of cloud tech companies to choose from for our business and mobile solutions. It seems like monthly a new program or company surfaces with something “better.” My suggestion is to stick with trusted and solid companies for your cloud services. A few examples would be: Microsoft, Google, Intuit, Dropbox, Apple, Amazon, Salesforce, to name a few. These are companies with deep pockets and dealing with security and your data is an important part of their business.
Free Accounts vs Paid
Then I get asked, “So what about going with a company that has free accounts, like Google Apps. Is that safe?” Google, to date, still makes over 95% of its revenue from paid search. They can afford to offer “free accounts.” Their goal is to not keep their customers on a free Google Apps account but to push them towards ongoing paid services: premium accounts, Google Drive, Google Checkout etc. Therefore, if you stick with the more established companies who offer a free account, you are pretty safe. I saw “pretty safe” because I still would not store a lot of Financial data in a free account. I’d instead get a secure and fee-based vault program. My favorite cloud-vault is: Keeper. (About $30 a year)
Bottom line, Make sure your cloud solutions have bank level security and are established companies. Nothing in this life is completely safe, cloud based or stored at your office. A fire can burn down your office. A burglar can steal your backup drive; an experienced hacker might be able to get into a cloud program! Don’t let this scare you to do nothing! I typically recommend having your data stored in at least two locations. Consider an external hard drive and using cloud storage! One last thing, on your mobile devices, make sure you have a way to “delete” your data if your phone is lost or stole. The iPhone makes this easy using “Find My iPhone.”
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