How to protect your cloud storage data

Olga Weis

There is really no need to tell you how important it is to keep your data safe and protected, especially if you store it online.

What we’ll talk about here is how to ensure your cloud data security

1. Secure your password and use two-factor authentication

two-factor authentication

Most of us use the same password for all cloud services without realizing how risky it actually is. We know that setting a different password for each service is quite a task in itself, leave alone keeping all these weird combinations of symbols, digits and letters in mind. That is why you might be better off relying on a password manager.

Also, if possible, enable two-factor authentication and pay special attention to security questions. Cloud services can notify you of password change, make sure to turn on this setting.

2. Check apps and devices connected to cloud services

Check apps and devices

Conduct an audit of all applications and devices connected to your cloud accounts. If you are not using a device anymore, make sure to remove them from the list of recognized devices. Same with applications – unlink them to secure cloud storage.

3. Use cloud encryption

Cloud encryption

Some cloud services leave the right to access or provide access to your data to third parties under certain circumstances. If you do not want your data to be accessible to anyone but you, no matter what circumstances are, do not upload it on a cloud.

The least you can do is to do data encryption; there is a lot of cloud encryption software that can help you with this.

4. Diversify services

Diversify services

There is a lot of free cloud storage, security considerations will demand you not to stick to one and only service, it might be a better idea to divide your content among several clouds; nothing stops you from uploading the same files and folders to two or even more services. This will increase your cloud computing security – if something happens to one of the services you are using, you have a backup on another cloud.

5. Use CloudMounter

Cloud storage encryption

This app can add a significant value to your cloud security. It is capable of mounting a cloud service on your Mac, so you can easily access and manage its content as if it were on an additional hard drive. Moreover, you can set it up in such a way that you can access your account only via CloudMounter. Even if someone manages to log into your account from a different device or app, cloud storage encryption will not allow them to read your data.

CloudMounter supports cloud data encryption on all popular services, including OneDrive, Amazon S3, Google Drive, Dropbox and Open Stack Swift. It also allows you to connect to remote servers via FTP/ FTPS/ SFTP and WebDAV protocols.

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CloudMounter

Requirements: OS X 10.10+ , 13.1Mb free space
Version 3.2.527 (1st Apr, 2018) Release notes
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