New threats to online security are emerging every day. As the digital world integrates more into our lives hackers gain more power. Computer security is one of the biggest concerns of both companies and individuals since information is the most important asset of our time. For this reason, it is vital to keep up to date on the security measures that you should implement to protect your data in the cloud (where, in addition, we store more information every day.)
The big cyber attack on a global scale a few weeks ago is a sample of what cyber criminals are capable of doing today. Hijacking the information contained on a hard drive (and tomorrow, perhaps, in the cloud,) can be easier and more effective than kidnapping a person and then asking for money. There will never be the perfect Firewall, no one will ever invent an invulnerable antivirus. There will always be a crack, a defect in the system, so let’s get ready.
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Although no storage service is invulnerable, Evernote is one of the safest. One of the recommended steps for Evernote is to go to the configuration of the notebooks and select the option that allows access to a particular notebook only from your computer. This will limit the access from other devices, but it will make things more difficult for someone who wants to steal your data from a remote location. Another method you can implement is to encrypt the texts you keep in the cloud (it does not work for images.) Suppose you need to keep some codes, passwords, addresses, etc., and you must consult them from your mobile. You can write directly in the app, right click on the text you want to encrypt and add a password.
Dropbox is one of the most popular storage services, and, for this reason, it is one of the best-known territories to steal information among hackers. The first thing to do is to strengthen your password. Forget the classic “1234567890,” the date of your birthday or the middle name of your crush. It is advisable to use a password that consists of 8 characters at least, including capital letters, punctuation marks, and numbers. The second tip is to look for the security options. There you can enable the two-step verification option, in which, in addition to the password you already have, you must add a phone number. This allows an extra protection: Each time you type your password, Dropbox will send a new and unique code to that phone number in the form of an SMS. This simple step will increase your security in Dropbox significantly.
In addition, you can also activate the notifications which will let you know if someone has accessed your account. In this way, you will know which devices are connected to your account, and, moreover, you can have control of who access your stored information there.
This system also allows you to check the devices connected to your account and it is recommended that you check this constantly. iCloud is known to be a favorite target for hackers, as it has happened before with celebrities who have stored their private photos and videos there. The first tip is that you do not use the same data for other accounts. This is the main way hackers violate the security of this system. The second tip is to enable a dual factor authentication. In a similar way to Dropbox, you can create an approval from another device that you have previously configured as a trusted device. The system will require such approval after having entered the main password. It is a 6-digit code which is sent to that or those devices and it is nearly impossible to crack.
This system has also achieved great popularity among Internet users to store their data. Although Google systems are generally safe, you should not forget the following tips. The first thing is that, like other storage systems, you must create a strong password and avoid using suspicious devices that may contain a keylogger. The second thing is that you can block the information you want to protect with a password. To do this, you just go to the app settings in the upper left of the screen, find the option for locking with password, activate the function, then enter the code that will allow you to protect your data and, if you prefer, you can select the option “always block,” which will be a final decision.
There are programs that allow you to protect your data much more effectively, such as Prot-On, which you can link to Google Drive to keep safe any file stored there, and, in addition, all copies made of these files will be strictly encrypted. Thanks to this system, you can control who accesses your information and know which devices access it.
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