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3 Ways to Protect Your Data in the Cloud


For most consumers, the cloud is everything as it affords them the chance to save huge amounts of information ranging from their messages, music and much more at little or no cost. Big thanks to some of the services in the market today, people can utilize enough digital data as they want without the need to get extra equipment like memory sticks or hard drives.
 
In this context, the cloud is more like an enormous and free storage locker; the only downside is that it constitutes security danger. Data saved within the cloud is at high risk of being taken by cyber lawbreakers all over the world. Therefore, once a cybercriminal gains access to one’s information stored on a cloud, chances are they will get hold of a vast amount of info.
 
How do cyber criminals gain access to cloud services? The commonest way by which cyber criminals gain access to cloud services is when they get a customer's password and when they have that, they have easy access to the individual’s account. They carry out the act by hacking the database of the cloud company, then tricking a customer to reveal his or her password by sending an email that copies that of the enterprise. Another way by which these crooks carry out their fraudulent act is by guessing passwords. Till today, there are still a whole lot of customers who use easy to guess passwords like "12345".
 
However, cloud companies are making an effort to increase cloud security. Many have come up with different offers that give customers easy to use options which afford them the opportunity to protect their data. There are presently three options at the moment and each request for an additional piece of information whenever someone tries to gain access to the cloud from another computer.
 
The first additional security feature comes in the form of a simple SMS and companies like Microsoft and Google are offering. It entails sending the customer a code and request that they input the code with their password. Though this system is a great one, experts have soon discovered that crooks have found a way to breach security within the feature. Determined cyber criminals can trick cell companies into redirecting the SMS with the code to their phone. This is the reason why some users result to using other options to improve their cloud security.
 
The second option depends on applications which are offered by companies like Authy and Duo. What these apps do is display series of numbers which changes every time. They serve as other numbers that users inputs with their password. This option is more convenient as users do not need an SMS. Therefore, cyber criminals cannot compromise it.
 
The third option doesn't involve a user's phone but his or her computer. It requires users to input a small key on their computer. The commonest key is Yubikey and is produced by a firm known as Yubico, and it goes for as little as $19. The key works well for popular services like Dropbox and Facebook.
 
So far, the most secure option is the critical method as it requires the user to show proof that they own a physical object before they can gain access from another computer. And this is somewhat impossible for a cyber criminal. Besides being secure, the key option is faster as it doesn't entail using a code sent to the user's mobile phone.
 
All the three options are convenient to use. It only requires users to instruct the cloud companies they use be it Microsoft, Google and so on. It entails opening the security settings and allowing the additional defense measure which is referred to as "two-factor authentication."
 
In summary, users are increasingly saving their valuable information which includes photo and documents on a daily basis. As such, it's difficult for security companies to keep up with additional security.