There still seems to be quite a bit of suspicion out there about cloud storage, especially in relation to its security. There is a common idea that it is not only easy to hack, but also that Google (or whichever other cloud service you use) has complete access to your data along with the NSA. This article will try to address a few of the most common misconceptions about cloud storage and also, sadly, to confirm some of your worst fears. But first, we give you some quick tips on how to stay safe when using cloud storage.
Cloud storage safety tips
Read the terms and conditions of your chosen cloud storage service and make sure you are OK with what it contains.
Make sure your uploads and downloads are encrypted, and if at all possible, use a service that keeps your data encrypted in the cloud and that also limits the amount of people that can access it.
Pre-encryption tools like Boxcryptor and Spideroak allow you to encrypt your data before it ever reaches your cloud service. This is a great idea for taking your data’s safety into your own hands.
Don’t upload anything that you are not comfortable having accessed by someone else, whether that is an employee of your service provider, advertisers or the government.
Password protect your home Wi-Fi and don’t upload content on public connections, like at a library or cafe.
Don’t upload anything to the cloud that is illegal or highly sensitive: naked pictures, medical records and financial information are an obvious no-no if you’re at all paranoid (and you should be).
Get yourself a rock solid password and don’t tell it to anyone.
Use multiple cloud services for