You’re probably using cloud computing every day without noticing it. While there are a range of definitions for “cloud computing,” a broad way to think about this technology is if you’re storing data on someone else’s hardware, then you’re using cloud computing. Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive and a wide range of popular apps and websites are all part of “The Cloud.”

Cloud computing offers a number of convenient advantages over traditional storage and there are some easy steps you can take to protect your data.

Consider adding two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication is available for a wide range of consumer and business IT products. When you log in to Facebook, Gmail or any other service that has this feature enabled, you will need to provide a second bit of information to complete the login process.

Right now, the most common way to accomplish this is to receive a text message with a security code after you’ve entered your user name and password. This extra step prevents a hacker from gaining access to your account if they were able to guess your password from personal clues or through a tactic like a brute-force attack.

Choose strong passwords (and change them on a regular basis). Choosing a strong password is a simple way to protect your online accounts. If you have easy passwords on any of your accounts, take a minute and go change things right away. Really. Go do it now. 🙂

Take sensitive data offline. In the summer of 2014, a German official confirmed that old-fashioned manual typewriters were being considered by the German government as a solution to combat modern digital espionage. While breaking out grandma’s old Smith-Corona may be a bit much for you, storing personal sensitive data offline can provide a great deal of protection. Quality external hard drives are now very inexpensive and can be easily stored in a home safe or a safe deposit box at your bank.

These tips are smart moves to take to protect your personal data. When is the last time you reviewed the data security plan for your business? Fill out our quick contact form or give us a call at 888-625-4726 to learn more about how the IT experts at Marathon can best help you back up your business data assets.


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