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Usually the first thing that catches someone’s eye, when they’re considering cloud storage, is that it’s enormously cost-effective. Whereas traditional data storage options, such as expensive backup servers and pricey external hard drives, can easily run thousands of dollars or more, most cloud storage companies charge only a minimal monthly fee. Users also benefit from round the clock (and round the world) access to their data; and for those who travel often, or need constant access to their data, this is a huge plus.
But one question often still lingers in the back of people’s minds, and that is—is cloud storage safe?
Well, the answer is yes. If you think of cloud storage companies as any other business, you can see why they’re actually even safer than traditional alternatives. Being a business, cloud storage companies are forced not just to compete but to uphold to the most stringent security methods in order to protect their reputation; after all, this is their livelihood, and they need to survive.
The truth is unless you’re a very large company, with cloud storage you actually get better security than you would be able to afford on your own. And with a cloud storage company, even if one server goes down, others will still operate and take over, so with cloud storage you never actually run the risk of losing access to your files or important data.
There are still those out there that remain hesitant, tending to trust what is tangible, or voicing concerns that hackers can easily access data when it’s virtual. The truth is no one’s going to put their trust in an operation that doesn’t abide by certain security measures, and neither should you. So let’s take a look at some of the security measures to look for when choosing a cloud storage company.
The way cloud storage works is that it offers the ability for your data to be stored as virtual files that are hosted by an external utility. The cloud uses SSL encryption technology, which safeguards all of your data, in the event of issues, such as your computer crashing.
Encryption also makes it extremely difficult for hackers to access your files. Though it is possible to crack encrypted files, most hackers don’t have enough computer processing power to decrypt this type of information. Cloud storage companies also invest a good deal of money in protecting data against hackers; in most cases, this is more money than you would likely be able to invest on your own.
Cloud storage companies also employ authentication processes to help prevent against hackers. This consists of creating a username and password, along with security questions that further protect anyone from having access to your data. It goes without saying that a strong password is vital under all circumstances, so just be sure to equip yourself with one.
Another security measure that cloud storage companies employ is creating levels of authorization. For instance, you can actually allot certain levels of access to different tiers of employees, so that whereas a receptionist may only have limited access to a company’s data, the director of human resources could have much more extensive access, and the CEO would have access to everything.
And since the data is all virtually stored, it also allows less of a chance for a disgruntled employee to have the opportunity to steal information. Another positive benefit of cloud storage over traditional methods is that if your home or place of business should ever be broken into or become victim to a fire or other natural disaster, your data would never be vulnerable. So it can even protect you in the worst of cases.
About the Author: Dave Bower is a writer and editor and bonafide techie. FileStorageOnline.net regularly reviews and researches the best cloud storage options for users. http://filestorageonline.net/