Your Financial Papers Are At Risk When You Use Services Like The Cloud

Getting our work done is probably the one thing that we use the computer for more than anything else. While it is nice to be able to use the computer for a lot of entertainment activities, being able to make a living is more important. So we tend to use the computer to help us get that accomplished more often than not. For some people their entire job is on the computer or through the internet. For other people they just use the computer and the internet as a tool to be able to do their real work. Because of this you can understand why our computers make such tempting to the bad guys of the world. If they are able to get their hands on the data that is inside they can make a fortune in their underground networks.

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That is why you have to have sensible storage options when you are keeping important papers on your computer. You cannot just save them into the My Documents folder and think that everything is going to be okay. No you have to make sure that you do everything right and that your data is safe from prying eyes. You have to place the data in an encrypted folder on a part of the computer hard drive that is not used by everyone in your family. During the Napster days, there were literally thousands of people whose confidential information was made public on the internet because they had stored it in the My Documents folder. And since the Napster default share folder was the My Documents folder, all of that information suddenly became public.

Some people are trying to be more security conscious by storing their important data on different services. One service that you hear about all of the time now is the cloud service. And it has become mainstream enough that people are starting to use it to store their important data. And there is a good reason for that. With the cloud you are able to get multiple backups of your work. That means that not only will your data be saved on multiple computers systems around the world but also you will have access to the different versions of the data store. Most cloud services allow you a certain amount of versions of the data saved as well. For example let’s say you are working on a paper for two days. All of the sudden you realize that you do not like any of the edits made in the last two days. Well with the cloud you can pull the first day’s data and start over again. That is why people tend to love using the cloud so much.

But you also have to remember that the cloud can have problems as well. And just like everything else that is online the cloud providers have to worry about security as well. The bad guys are always trying to get pass the firewalls on a cloud service. They know that there is a ton if data that can be accessed on the service. This is data that will be able to make them a lot of money. And you have to worry about this as well. While most cloud services are very safe, it is better for you to pick one with a good security track record. Price should not be your only concern when you are talking about storing your important data on a third party service. No you need to worry about how secure the service is as well.

At the end of the day if you have financial papers on your computer you really need a way to make sure they are secure. A cloud service will help but it is not the complete solution.

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About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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