Is My Data Safe In the Cloud?

Posted by David Chism | Wed, Apr 25, 2012

 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. Trust­ed Companies 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.” Pho­to cour­tesy of: tech​nol​o​gy​.inc​.com

About David Chism

David Chism started his business out of a passion for helping small contracting businesses grow, be more profitable and become better known to their target clients. One lifelong hobby of David is using techie gadgets. So this blog is a place where he writes about technology, marketing ideas, just for fun (humor), personal thoughts on small business and more.


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