- The most important thing you can do to protect your data, even if you’re not moving to the cloud; don’t take security for granted! When you trust valuable data to the cloud, do not allow your security practices to lapse or stagnate. Keep changing things up, that’s the secret of secure cloud computing.
- Use strong, memorable passwords. The use of a strong password is an essential security practice; this is as true for the cloud as it is for a traditional network. Strong passwords use a combination of letters (upper and lower case), numbers, symbols, and special characters. It may be tempting to use an easily remembered password such as a birthday or license plate number, but these passwords are easy to guess and pose a security risk.
- Do not neglect your email password. Many online applications and services require you to register with your email address. Should it be compromised there is a potential cascading effect across all of the services where you may have registered using your email.
- Use secure password recovery practices. One of the easiest ways for hackers to break through your security is through a back door that you build for yourself. Password recovery can be an easy way in for a hacker. If your password recovery practice depends on something as simple as guessing your birthplace, mother’s maiden name, or similar personal information that can be accessed on social networking platforms, then you have already opened a backdoor for hackers.
- Have an alternate to fall back on. Remember that we cannot make any system 100% secure. Therefore it is wise to prepare an alternate security system. We recommend you maintain a backup of your primary security practices. To guarantee continuous uninterrupted access to your security controls it’s good to carry some kind of a mobile Internet connection, such as 3G cards available from most wireless carriers. This is your best bet to ensure safe cloud computing.