Whether your files are stored on Dropbox, iCloud, or Mega, they could do with a little more security. It’s impossible to make them “hack proof,” but there are a few things you can do to make your data as secure as possible—and still convenient to access. Let’s walk through those steps.
1. Start with the basics:
First, check the passwords you use for your cloud accounts. Are you using the same ones for multiple services? Are you relying on memory or some other clever tricks to help you keep track of them? Stop now, get a password manager and set different passwords for each service.
2. Double check your sharing settings:
Make sure you know exactly who can access each of your files and, if applicable, who can edit them. While you’re at it, revoke file-editing privileges from people who no longer need them. Even if you trust them completely with your information, this connection can still be an “in” for hackers.
3. Be wary of your online behavior:
Sometimes, the security of your cloud data depends on what you do online, especially on public computers or connections. When using a public computer, do you opt to not save your password, and ensure that you logged out of your account after you are done? Saving your password and leaving it logged in exposes you to the risk of strangers accessing your data.
4. Look for the presence of sensitive information:
Make sure that there isn’t sensitive information that you no longer need sitting around in your cloud storage account. It may be addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and passwords. Maybe you would never save your bank information to the cloud, but someone you gave editing permission to may have added a phone number or the name of your child’s school. When it comes to hacking, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Minimize the damage that a security breach can do by removing any information that could be used against you.