Cloud storage is an increasingly viable option for individual users and businesses alike. Physical storage not only requires space for the equipment used, the purchase cost of equipment and maintenance fees are sometimes higher than one’s budget allows. Additionally, even with maintenance, there’s always the risk of a physical storage device failing, causing the loss of important personal documents and files or vital business data.

Cloud storage eliminates the risks and added costs associated with physical storage. It also offers the opportunity for streamlined file sharing between coworkers, clients, friends or family members.

Is it Safe?

Despite the benefits of cloud storage, many still hesitate given the perceived risks of uploading sensitive data via an Internet connection to an independent server located miles away. In reality, cloud storage is a safe alternative to physical storage.

If you trust retail sites when you make a purchase online, or if you trust your bank’s website every time you log on to view your account info, you should also feel confident in trusting cloud storage services, for all of the above encrypted data to ensure its unreadability should it ever be compromised. Thus secure data backup can be had with cloud storage.

Ways to Increase Security

There are proactive steps users can take to ensure their data is safe. First, before selecting a service provider, users should ensure the company has a proven track record of data safety for its clients, has redundancy storage systems to protect against unexpected server failures or natural disasters and uses the most advanced encryption technology. Second, the power often lies in the hands of the user. When sharing files over the web, it’s vital to limit the number of people with whom login information is shared.

For businesses with more than one user with access to login information, the management of private data can be more complicated. Companies like Egnyte are designed for businesses utilizing cloud storage services. Features like file locking are there to limit access to sensitive information.

Another example is when a large group needs access to sensitive information. Utilizing a tool like permission-based folders will ensure that only designated users have access to the secure data that’s stored inside said folders. These tools go a long way in helping businesses streamline operations while keeping important data secure.

Cloud storage, despite the implied reservations, is in fact a smart and secure method for data storage.