Zero Complication with the Cloud Storage Process

In the past, everyone was walking around with a USB stick, nowadays we use Cloud Storage more often where you can store, consult and share files. This Cloud storage can be compared to the space on a USB stick, which is on an (unknown) computer that is connected to the internet. From your own device (laptop, tablet or phone) you can connect to this computer via the internet and you can access your space and stored files.

Types of Cloud storage?

To understand what risks there are in Cloud storage, it is good to know what types of Cloud there are.

Hybrid Cloud

A hybrid Cloud from iWV (ICONZ-WEBVISIONS PTE LTD) is nothing more than a combination of public and private Cloud. This can be useful for certain applications, where the application runs on the private Cloud and the data is stored in the public Cloud.

 

Private Cloud

A private Cloud uses virtual servers that are reserved specifically for a person or company. These servers are not shared with others and you know exactly what the location is. These are often located in a data center which is provided with an uninterrupted power supply, internet connection, cooling and security. The user has a high level of influence over these servers, such as access rights and location.

Public Cloud

A public Cloud uses shared (virtual) servers that are owned by an external provider that offers Cloud storage services. You may use the hardware, however, the provider remains the owner of this hardware. You therefore have limited influence, for example only on the size of the storage you want to purchase. Issues such as security and location are regulated by the provider, where the location is often unknown to the end user.

Benefits of Cloud storage

For free or for a small fee you have a lot of storage space

Available anywhere and anytime, provided you have an internet connection

Often with a backup option, you cannot lose something

Disadvantages of Cloud storage

Your account can be hacked

You need internet connection, offline it is not available

How do you safely use Cloud services?

  • Secure your account with a strong username and strong password (also read our tips on strong passwords)
  • If possible, use a two-stage authentication (fingerprint, code via telephone, face recognition)
  • Connect via a secure network, do not use public Wi-Fi networks
  • Do not store files with, for example, passwords or copies of personal documents (passport, driver’s license)

Public Cloud services

There are countless (free) Cloud services, think for example of famous names such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Skydrive. It makes sense to go through the (unfortunately long) privacy policy of these providers to be aware of the issues you share with the provider. In a privacy policy you can read how your intellectual property is protected, what data you share with the provider and what data the provider in turn shares with third parties. Also realize that the free service that is offered must generate money for the provider and the price you pay for it.

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