Cloud Safety – Protect Yourself, Your Data & Your Hardware Against Unauthorized Access

For this month’s installment of Above The Clouds, we’re talking about ways to protect yourself and your data online. When it comes to protecting your data from unauthorized access, having a strong password is the first line of defense. Any IT professional will tell you:

  • You need to be using a unique 15-character password for every user account you create.
  • You need to be changing your password, at a minimum, every 90 days.

The reality is that we know from research that most people only have three or four unique passwords. Combined with the fact that a typical web user has over 25 user accounts, our view on password management is that it is just an accident waiting to happen.

Good password management is hard to achieve, but you must strengthen your online security before it’s too late!

When it comes to online security, the password is still king. The good news is that there are ways to have a strong password policy and avoid the unwanted hassle of remembering multiple passwords. In the last few years, we have seen the rise of password management software.

Password management software works by storing all of your passwords into an encrypted database. Using a single master password, you can save and retrieve account information for accessing all of your web applications. These software programs works along side your web browsers to provide additional features, such as auto login and password generator.

Another way to increase your security is to enable two-step verification inside your cloud applications. Two-step verification is a login process, which requires a one-time use security code, in connection with your password. Depending on which application you are using, your one-time use security code can be sent to your phone via SMS or sent as an email.

If you have used any online banking services in the last few years, then you are more than likely familiar with this process. In addition to creating an extra layer of protection, two-step verification serves as an early warning system sending notifications of unauthorized attempts to access your account.

Cloud application providers invest millions every year, in order to ensure that your data is protected. However, you also must take steps to shield your account from unauthorized access. Using applications and techniques such as password management software and two-step verification only takes a few minutes to set up, but will dramatically improve your online security.

Let Owia Technology help you enhance password security for greater online protection against dangerous threats to your data. Call (571) 499-4349 or email us at: info@owiatech.com.