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Use the cloud securely

 Cloud Storage is really convenient. There’s Box, DropBox, iCloud, OneDrive, Google Drive, the list of cloud storage providers goes on and on. These providers all allow you to upload files to the cloud and synchronize them across computers. They allow you to access your files on mobile devices and from other systems. Because of this, it’s important to make sure you’re using these services securely. When you sign up for a cloud storage account, make sure you use a strong, unique password and enable two-factor authentication if it’s available.

As with email, cloud storage is often a critical pillar of people’s work and organizational systems. So it’s important to protect access to the files stored there. Depending on what you’re using the storage for, you may choose to add your own encryption. While cloud providers are generally pretty secure, it never hurts to take precautions. Software like VeraCrypt can create encrypted volumes that you can save files within and then, sync those encrypted containers to the cloud. Be aware though, syncing encrypted containers can take a while because even if a small change is made inside of one, that could result in the whole volume being reuploaded and synchronizing encrypted blocks of data instead of normal files may reduce the functionality of some apps.

Consider carefully which services and apps you give access to your cloud storage account. Some software is able to connect to cloud storage accounts in order to work with photos, texts, or other files. And that’s pretty helpful as long as you know what information is being accessed. Cloud storage providers put your data one click away from being public to the world. In most cases, this is really helpful. Cloud storage not only lets you access files from anywhere but it makes sharing files with others much easier than sending through a chat program or something like that. But before you share files, double check that you’re sharing what you intend to with whom you intend to.

Make sure you’re not sharing a folder when a file is what you intended to share. And scope the permissions of who can access that file appropriately. If you create a link viewable by anyone, keep in mind that anyone one the internet would be able to view that file if they were to get the link. Cloud storage makes accessing files easier. Just be sure you keep an eye on who has easy access to your files.