It's quite simple to know where a file goes when you save it on your personal computer. It lives inside your physical hard drive, may be housed under a folder you have created manually. That particular file is only stored on your personal computer except you choose to email it to yourself or save it on an external portable hard drive like USB.
Cloud storage has finally become the norm and has stopped topping any new technology trend lists as it has matured and become mainstream in 2018.
However, as with every type of technology, whether it is virtual or physical, IT professionals around the world have warned of the security risks associated with using cloud storage services. Today, security is the single concern for non-adoption of cloud storage as a primary file sharing service. There are several uncertainties or risks connected with third-party cloud storage service, here are 3 of them to focus on.
Loss Control over data: With cloud services like Microsoft Azure, Dropbox, Google Drive, I Cloud etc. becoming a regular part of life, people are dealing with newer security issues such as controlling the integrity of the data, almost every day. The issue here is that, when you are using the 3rd party file sharing service, the data is originally getting transferred from your personal computer to a remote server. Which implies that the data's privacy settings are beyond the reach of the uploader of the file owner. Since most of the cloud service providers generally emphasize on real-time backup, most of the time data that was not meant to be shared can end up being uploaded into the cloud. The most effective way to reduce this risk is to ensure your provider of cloud service encrypt your file automatically when it's being backup within range of 128- 256 bit. End to end encryption will help to secure your file with cryptography so an unauthorized person on the other end can't see it.
Online Hijack / Snooping: Files uploaded in the cloud are among the most susceptible to being hacked without proper measure in place. The fact that whenever or wherever you are transferring the data via the internet it's become a security risk since hackers can intercept the data package. The best way to prevent this to secure or encrypt your file first locally then upload it in the cloud. You can use software like Cryptomator to encrypt the files. It uses state of the art encryption points which secure file before being uploaded. However, you need to remember that you should memorize the paraphrase or else even you won't going to get back the files you are uploading in future. So, is the Cloud still safe in 2018? Not Safe Enough.
Well, I will come up with more scary things in the second part of the article. Till then, make sure you are browsing securely and if you need some help to do that, comment down below. Stay safe stay vigilant .