5 Recommendations to Keep your Personal Data Secure in the Cloud

Apple’s iCloud offering  is additional evidence of the unmitigated flow of data to the cloud. Despite the latest breaches of security at various organizations, including the issues that have affected many Sony customers, more and more of us are casting personal or business assets to the cloud.

Yet many of us remain uneducated about the required steps we should employ to keep our online data safe. Adhering to these five guidelines will go a long way towards aiding the average person keep online threats at a distance.

1. Don’t Take Security for Granted
There are two ways to your online data. One is through the cloud provider’s environment, and the second route is even more potent, and it’s much closer to home. The easiest and most available way for an intruder to get to your online records is through your login credentials. Of course you want the provider to be secure, but don’t let that make you listless about your personal log-in creds.

2. Use Strong, Memorable Passwords
The problem with having complicated passwords is that they are usually hard to remember. Thekey is to start with something notable and then merge it into a strong password — this entails mixing numbers, letters, lower and upper case, and symbols as well. Start with an address, car license numbers, telephone numbers, date of birth. Don’t use your own — use those you know; friends, kids, parents, partners, previous addresses; or old addresses you were at and cars you drove a decade ago. Choose something that can’t be linked to your online personality but always mix it up — half an area code, a name with half of a zip code, parts of an old address. Then add in a $, an !, or an @ sign to mix it up even more.

3. Guard your Inbox
You are going to recycle passwords, mostly for sites where you are not keeping  important information like your credit card numbers, DOB, address or SSN. There’s one place where you should never neglect to use a unique password — your email inbox. Because this is the primary location where all your other logins come back to when you reset a password. This one location is the portal to all your other online personas.

Although it’s a bit of a hassle, you should opt for double-protecting your inbox with a two-factor authentication, which means you have to enter a second password in order to gain access. This is especially crucial if you have a habit of going to malicious websites, you don’t keep your anti-malware software up to date, or you have a habit of failing to identify phishing emails.

4. Don’t Leave the Password Recovery Backdoor Open
Quite often, users take many precautions to protect their personal information but make it very easy to reset their password through the password recovery service. If your user ID is simple to guess (it’s often your email) then do not use something easy to figure out for your password reset, such as your DOB, wife’s maiden name or some other easily accessible piece of personal information.

5. Have an Alternate to Fall Back on
Security is mostly about risk avoidance, and however careful your execution, you can’t eliminate all risk. So give yourself a fallback option. Don’t put all your money in one account, have a separate emergency email address, make sure you’ve got local coffee shop with WiFi you can resort to if your main Internet connection disappears. Knowing that you’ve got a second option if something bad happens helps you remain calm in an emergency, which gives you a better chance of surviving a crisis.

For more information regarding the security of your online data, visit Nubifer.com.

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