Cloud computing has gained a lot of popularity recently. It is estimated that around 70% of American businesses are using cloud computing in some way. Why is it so popular? Well, you can store massive amounts of data in the cloud, and data stored there is, in theory, accessible anywhere to the person with the right login credentials. Unfortunately, it is also accessible to hackers. Here are a couple of the risks that come with cloud computing.
There are a myriad of tech-related risks with cloud computing, but there are also some that can be attributed to human error. If you decide that cloud computing is the right direction for your company, it is crucial that you thoroughly research every provider that you consider. Before you even start your search, have a clear plan mapping out exactly what you need to get from your cloud computing. What functions do you need? What kind of security does your data need?
Because the cloud is accessible to nearly anyone with an internet connection, it is every bit as available to hackers as it is to businesses. You can store lots of data on cloud servers, but those servers can also store malware. Hackers can program malicious software to remain seemingly innocuous until the right file is activated, kind of like a sleeper agent. Once the malware is activated, it can clean out your data before you even know it’s there.
Every cloud computing account requires a set of login credentials: a username and password. With your unique login information, all of your collaborators know that it’s you. But if a hacker gets ahold of your login credentials, they can falsely claim that they are you and use your login information to access the closed network. This puts all of your cloud data at risk. There are many different types of malware that hackers can use to try and grab those login credentials, so be on the lookout for anything even remotely out of the ordinary. It’s not a bad idea to change your password every 60 to 90 days just to be safe, and even more often if you want to. Just make sure the passwords you set are easy for you to remember!
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