The era of storing data on clouds and servers is emerging. Cloud servers are very secure….according to most people.
However, is it really safe? How will we know? Read more to find out.
What is Cloud?
Cloud storage is still an emerging concept. Before we understand why clouds are not the safest option, we must understand the meaning of cloud.
In short, a cloud is a server that is hosted remotely on the internet, where one can store their data, as well as manage it. There are a number of famous cloud storage services available.
For example, for apple users, iCloud is the cloud storage server used.
Ever wondered how when you log into your MacBook, all your contacts and notes from the phone get transferred to the computer?
Also, when you change it on your phone, it changes on your MacBook as well.
This is the simplest example of how a cloud works. The data you enter in your phone is collected and stored on iCloud under your account. Therefore, whenever you log into your apple account from another device, it syncs with the Cloud and all the data on the cloud gets transferred to the new device.
Now that we understood what cloud means, let’s discuss whether cloud services are safe…
Studies show that cloud services are indeed quite safe, but not completely safe. Read on to know how safe your information on cloud actually is.
The following are the advantages that cloud services claim to provide:
1) Security for your data: Security is essential, as we don’t want our files to fall into the wrong hands.
Cloud services claim to provide optimum security for your data, and for that it uses encryption. Sure, your data can be decrypted, but for that a hacker will require powerful processing equipment and it’s not an easy process.
Thus, safety is ensured for your device.
2) Ease of use: It’s easy to operate your cloud and store your data. Just choose to sync it with the cloud, or go to the site providing cloud service, log into your account, and upload the file of your choice.
3) Avoid Emailing: Clouds allow you to share a link to the file, which people can click and download the file from your cloud. With this, there is no pain of emailing the file to a number of people.
4) Easily accessible: Like google drive, there are a number of services which are easily accessible on any OS, most commonly an Apple or a Microsoft.
The above four points are the main advantages of a cloud service. However, there are also some disadvantages which might just make you think if the cloud is really worth using.
1) Outages: This is one of the worst things that could happen to the people who store their data on cloud. Even the best of cloud servers are prone to service outages.
When there is an outage, there is no way you can access your data even if you want to. Clouds are internet based.
If a cloud server, even the best, can have outages, it’s only logical that they have their weaknesses and can be doubted for security.
You could lose money while you wait to regain access to your data. This could lead to bad reputation for your organization.
2) Security: Security was an advantage, sure, but is it really? Sure, it has encryption, but there have been cases where entire cloud servers got hacked. Even Apple, a technology giant’s cloud service called ‘iCloud’ got hacked.
Any discussion involving data must address security and privacy, especially when it comes to managing sensitive data. We mustn’t forget Code Space and what happened to it after its AWS EC2 console was hacked and its data eventually deleted, forcing the company to close doors forever. By leveraging a remote cloud based infrastructure, a company basically outsources everything it has.
So, it’s clear that your data is definitely at risk on a cloud server. Once again, can you really rely on cloud?
Not only that, your data is prone to attack.
Let’s look at this logically.
Cloud servers are based on the internet…and nothing is safe on the internet…we all know that.
Security breaches happen to the best of companies which are based on the internet.
This one reason puts all your data at risk, and no other benefits of cloud are worth risking your data over. Think about it. Just to avail these benefits of cloud, you put all your data at the risk of falling into the wrong hands.
A COMPARATIVE STUDY: RANKSECURE/DATALOCKER VS CLOUD
1)Cloud servers have limited capacity for storage. RankSecure/DataLocker gives you storage space of up to 2 TB in a single drive.
2)The best of cloud servers have been hacked in the past. However, RankSecure/DataLocker products have no history of ever being hacked. Our products feature 256-BIT AES encryption technology which has never been hacked before.
3)Cloud provides you services for sharing information with others while saving time. Similarly, with certain DataLocker hard drives, you are allowed to put the drive in a “read only” mode where one would not be able to alter any information in the drive, but simply read it.
4)Could servers are simple to operate…well, RankSecure and DataLocker products are simpler. Not only do they have the world’s best and most secure encryption technology, all you need to access your drive is a password…the encryption runs in the background.
However, there’s some things that RankSecure/DataLocker provides that Cloud servers just can’t:
1)DataLocker products, even if lost, can be erased remotely. However, Cloud, if faced with an attack, cannot be erased effectively.
2)Often, accessing a cloud requires you to download an app. All you need is the DataLocker/RankSecure hard drive/flash drive. No additional softwares or downloads required.
3)There are no outages in case of these drives…because they are not purely internet based.
4)If in an organization, you can remotely access a multiple DataLocker Ironkey drives through one computer.