The new buzz word that has been in computer circles lately has been “cloud computing”. No matter if you are reading your favorite trade magazine or if you are watching TV, you will see that particular buzz word being used. But unlike other fads that have been going around, this one is for good reason. Cloud computing is something that is going to change how the average person uses computers for years to come. They will be able to access their data in places that they never have been able to before. But with the advent of cloud computing, you have to worry about the security precautions as well. Just because your data is in a different format does not mean the bad guys are going to stop trying to get at it.
The security cons of cloud computing
With cloud computing there are a whole set of different worries that you have to be concerned about than when you are accessing data on your normal computer at home. First of all, you have to be concerned on where you are accessing your data at. When most of us are on the go we look for the first open wireless network that we can find to be able to access our data. Usually we are just accessing email or sports scores. But with cloud computing the data is more personal. The data that is in most cloud systems is considered sensitive and you want to protect it. If you want to make sure that no-one else is able to get to that data then you need to make sure that the network that you use to access it is secure.
Also you need to make sure that you store all of your credentials for your cloud space in someplace safe. When you are relying on a remote system, you are more than likely going to need a username and password to be able to open it. Make sure that no one else has that information but you and that you keep it someplace safe. Just like any other site on the web the bad guys need your credentials to be able to access your personal data. Do not give it to them.
When you have your data on your computer, your biggest concern is someone physically accessing it. Sure it can be taken by remote but that is less likely. With cloud computing your concerns are the same ones that you would have with your data on any other web site. So make sure that you treat it the same. There are several cloud computing security systems available today, so before participating make sure the network you’re connecting to is protected.