Cloud storage security: A summary

We summarise what all the key cloud storage players have to offer as part of our wider roundup

It's a widely accepted fact that no cloud storage system will ever be 100% secure, especially given that upholding the integrity of every account is reliant on the user following best practices.

The decision you have to make as a customer is deciding which storage platform does the most to avoid potential security incidents. The factors that influence this decision will vary depending on the nature of your business and whether you have special requirements, such as businesses in a heavily regulated industry.

However, for most consumers and small businesses, each of the platforms listed in our roundup is generally good enough for protecting data, as each provides some form of data encryption at rest and in transit - which is perhaps the most important thing here. Data protection is also improving all the time, and each of these platforms is being updated with better safeguards each year, meaning you can typically rely on the company to do most of the legwork.

However, if you’re unsure, you can always encrypt data yourself before you share it with an online platform. That way, even in the unlikely event that a company’s encryption keys are decrypted en-masse, only you will be able to access your files.

Perhaps the most cost-effective way to ensure your data never gets leaked is to follow best practice security principles. Scrap all those reused passwords, invest in a password manager, and take advantage of two-factor authentication if you’re given the option.

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