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Be Careful What You Store In The Cloud

Amidst the pandemonium of the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook scandal, the US government surreptitiously passed a new law that can affect your cloud usage. The legislation called Clarifying Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act allows officials at any level to spy on user data regardless of where the company stores it, be it in the country or overseas.

While the aim of the CLOUD Act is to protect American citizens by expediting prosecution of criminals and preventing crimes before they happen, it still gives a huge trade off to your digital privacy. After all, the public has already seen what happens when security supplants privacy, as evidenced by the revelations of Edward Snowden’s leaks. Ultimately it doesn’t leave citizens feeling any safer.

Be careful what you store in the cloud, and how

Cloud services are convenient for backing up files from your devices. They also allow you to access your files wherever you want with just a simple login. However, as celebrities discovered not too long ago, once your account is compromised, hackers can download your files and use or share them.

The security of your cloud storage is extremely important. It also means that you should think twice about what you upload or the way you do it. Consider tools that encrypt your cloud backup automatically to keep your data private.

Continue to keep local backups

For all the benefits of cloud storage, the truth is that it is still not your own. It is a space on someone else’s drive who has a right to determine what is acceptable on their server. They can also decrypt and snoop on whatever data you put up there.

This is a scary prospect even if your files are all legitimate and legal. Having a cloud backup is a good strategy to store essential files, but remember that it is not a replacement for local backups nor is it the appropriate place for videos and images.

In recent times, there are more threats and issues involved with the rights of the user when it comes to backing up on the cloud. It is critical to be mindful of the service provider’s terms and conditions as well as the limits of your rights to avoid exposing yourself to additional risks. More importantly, be sure to not upload any personally identifiable information that can be used by hackers against you. To protect your online identity and keep your data private, sign up for a security bulletin at