Cloud storage encryption is big these days; various issues related to data security, requirements and regulations make it a necessity. It can take various forms – one can choose to protect their connection to a service, all the data uploaded to a cloud or only sensitive data. Your data is scrambled and its contents are not readable unless you have a decryption key provided by your cloud service, this ensures that only authorized users get access to the protected data. This is especially important for industries such as healthcare organizations, e-commerce enterprises, financial institutions and other business whose activities are regulated.
Before you move your data to a cloud:
Make sure to be clear about your security needs – for some it is enough to protect their login credentials, while for others end-to-end encryption is a must. Storage providers offer you various cloud encryption solutions, so it is worth spending some time on doing a bit of a research.
Remember that the least is to use HTTPS to encrypt the connection. Encryption keys provided by a cloud service should be stored separately from the data, and it is always better to keep the keys backup offsite and refresh them regularly.
Of course, there bound to be certain challenges associated with cloud encryption, the first and foremost being the cost – one needs to increase the bandwidth for encrypting data. Some cloud services choose to limit their encryption services, while some customers prefer to do it on their own.
Encryption functionality is often offered by third party applications that enable you to access and manage data stored online. CloudMounter is the application that can map cloud storage as a network drive or rather mount cloud storage as local drive so you can access all the cloud data in an easy and efficient way. The app’s developer, Eltima Software, added the encryption feature to the software in the latest release. It supports all popular services – Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and Amazon S3. Apart from enabling you to map cloud drive as network drive, it also allows you to connect to remote servers via FTP/ FTPS/ SFTP and WebDAV. Thus this is the app for accessing pretty much all your data stored online, and the one that will solve your data protection issue with the utmost care.
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