Login to your account

Username *
Password *
Remember Me

Create an account

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.
Name *
Username *
Password *
Verify password *
Email *
Verify email *
Captcha *
Reload Captcha

Tips to help secure your cloud data in the UK

Written by  May 11, 2020

In this digital age, it’s not a great idea to trust someone with your sensitive data.

No matter where you have kept your data, you have to live with the reality that it is unlikely, but there is always a possibility that you data can be breached.

You, therefore, need to put preventive measures in place to prevent this from happening.

With the cloud-based storage services, you don’t have to move around with portable hard disks and thumb drives. Cloud solutions such as Google Drive will not just help you store your data but allows for ease of access as well. You can access them at any place provided you’re connected to the internet.

While convenience is something we all value, uploading sensitive data to a cloud provider can have far-reaching effects on data security. Remember, you can’t be sure who else will access this information, especially when unauthorised persons have access to your cloud providers.

To that end, you can always keep your data secure by making some extra efforts, including:

Always Backup Your Data

Having a backup plan is an essential component of your data managing system. As a rule of thumb, develop electronic copies for all your data. This way, you’re sure to access them even if your original data is breached.

Take advantage of the various cloud storage services available and create cloud accounts to back up your data.

What’s more, you should always ensure to back up your data manually in a physical storage device such as a thumb drive or a hard disk. This way, you can access your information even when you have no internet connection.

Avoid Storing Your Sensitive Data in the Cloud

While you can’t avoid keeping your information on the cloud altogether, it is advisable to not store your sensitive information there. You can rarely find real privacy on the internet, and cloud providers are not different.

Online fraud and identity theft are on the rise today and we guess you wouldn’t want to risk any of that, right?

We would, therefore, advise you to only keep files that need to be accessed frequently on the cloud. You should not keep your passwords for your online accounts or personal identification information like national identification number, home address, credit card numbers, etc. on the cloud.

You should only upload your sensitive information on the cloud after encrypting them.

Advertisement

Cloud Computing Security: Foundations and Challengesamazon uk


Encrypt Your Data to a Third-Party Tool

While you can keep your data secure by using cloud services that encrypt your data, you can have an extra layer of protection. You can add an additional layer of data encryption in the cloud by pre-encrypting your data before putting it on the cloud using services.

You only need to download this app and develop secret key sequences to your files before putting them on the cloud. We would still advise you to opt for a third-party encryption service even if you have an encrypted cloud service for extra assurance.

Find Out How Your Cloud Service Storage Works

Before you opt to use any cloud storage service, be sure to read the user agreement to understand how their storage service works. While going through those text volumes may be boring, the information will go a long way in helping you make an informed decision.

AWSAlso see: Tips: How to Secure Your AWS Cloud


Create a Strong Password

Using a strong password, one that a stand a hacking attempt, is the first step you should take to protect yourself. While it’s good to choose a unique and strong password, you should ensure to change it frequently and avoid using the same password on all your online accounts.

You can also opt for the two-step login verification. For instance, if you’re using Google Drive, you’ll be required to, first, login to your Google account before using the cloud storage service.

Use Anti-Virus Software

Sometimes your data can be breached as a result of the system you’ve logged in from. Lack of an appropriate protection system against viruses can make your account vulnerable to hackers.

Be Cautious of Your Activities Online

Your online behaviour, especially on non-private computers and connections, plays a key role in determining the security of your cloud data. To stay safe, avoid saving your password when using a public computer and ensure to log out of your account after you’re done. This way, you’ll minimise the chances of unauthorised persons accessing your data.

Don’t Assume Your Data is Secure, Test It Out

Sometimes you may want to seek the help of certified ethical hackers to test your security measures. This way, you’ll rest assured that no one can access your data without your authorisation.


Carl Perkins

A security tech expert, Carl specialises in IT Security having worked in the field for over 10 years and has previous Tech admin roles to his credit. He is very experienced and his contribution is invaluable to us.

Contributors

We would like to invite IT Security Professionals from the UK to join our other contributors in providing high quality articles for our website.

To enhance IT Security Centres credentials and to offer an opportunity for other IT Professionals and IT Companies to share their work, information and ideas.

We are always happy to hear from other IT Security Professionals and look forward to your incite. please contact us for more information.

Popular News

Jun 13, 2020 IT Security News

Microsoft announces major issue in Windows 10 June 2020 updates

On 9th June, 2020, Microsoft released cumulative updates for supported versions of Windows 10 including version 2004, ve...

Jun 12, 2020 Cyber Security

NHS email service fooled users in phishing attack

NHS Digital is contacting users of its NHSmail email system after a small number of mailboxes were compromised in a gene...

Jun 09, 2020 Cyber Threats

Common types of cyber-attacks and how to avoid them

With cyber-attacks on the rise, businesses are constantly worried about losing vital data and the threat is very real. ...

Jun 12, 2020 IT Security News

100,000 cheap wireless cameras sold in the UK are vulnerable to hacking

Consumer advocacy organisation Which? has issued a warning over the security of wireless camera brands made by China-bas...

Jul 23, 2020 Cyber Security

Many cyber attacks on UK sports industry says report

At large percentage of sporting institutions, organisations and teams in the UK have suffered a security incident in the...

Jun 09, 2020 IT Security News

Self-employed targeted by hackers with HMRC SMS phishing scam

Cyber criminals have launched a new phishing scam designed to steal personal and financial details of millions of self-e...

Jun 25, 2020 IT Security News

NCSC catch a million phish

The National Cyber Security Centre has received the millionth submission to its Suspicious Email Reporting Service. ...

Jun 08, 2020 Cyber Security

Ransomware attack compensation: What the UK public think

UK consumers believes businesses should stand their ground having suffered a ransomware attack and refuse to negotiate w...

Jun 11, 2020 IT Security News

UK government still can’t decide how NHS contact tracing app should work

A new report today says that the UK government still hasn’t decided exactly how its NHS contact tracing app should wor...

Jun 10, 2020 IT Security News

Is your boss spying on you whilst you are homeworking?

The recent worldwide move to working from home has caused concern amongst employers.

Jun 27, 2020 IT Security News

Apple devices to get encrypted DNS

Apple this year will boldly go where its peers have gone before by implementing support for encrypted DNS in iOS and mac...

Jun 16, 2020 Internet of Things

Ripple20 Bug Exposes Millions of IoT Devices

Exactly how many of the devices that include Ripple20 bugs are directly hackable via the internet remains far from clear...

Jun 12, 2020 Cyber Security

Cybersecurity in the shortsighted gig economy

The ‘gig’ economy encompasses the increasing economic trend for professionals to take on a series of temporary work ...

Jun 08, 2020 Data Security

IBM data encryption is progressing

IBM is making a move forward with its homomorphic encryption (FHE) solution, providing encryption for in-use and shared ...

Jun 11, 2020 Cyber Security

UK government to fund nine cyber security projects

The government is to invest £10m through March 2024 from various sources to fund nine academic cyber security projects ...

Jun 12, 2020 IT Security News

Good reasons to use a proxy server

A proxy server – is a computer on the internet which acts as a middle-man between your computer and the website or ser...

Advertisement
Symantec Home 120x60

Advertisement