Published on May 10th, 2016 | by Guest0
7 Myths About Cloud Storage Debunked
The cloud is everything; the cloud is life itself! Since cloud-based services were introduced, more and more customers and companies have opted to take advantage of this method of sharing information.
There are many reasons for storing and sharing your information using a cloud storage service: it’s fast, it’s safe, and it’s reliable. Furthermore, the information you chose to share in the cloud can be accessed from all over the world.
Like every emerging technology, since cloud services were first launched, many rumors have begun floating around the web, ranging from unreliability to increased vulnerability. We’d like to address them.
We’ve tracked down and made a short list of the seven most common misconceptions about using cloud storage services.
1. Cloud Storages Are Flawless
Before subscribing to any cloud you should know that storage services are prone to technical difficulties. Even the almighty Google experiences technical issues from time to time. How does this translate to data security?
I’m afraid it’s bad news. If a cloud service experiences technical issues, like a bad gateway or a server failure, your entire data might be compromised. In fact, not long ago, due to a technical problem, several large companies have discovered that the entire data stored on the cloud became corrupted.
So, when choosing personal or business cloud storage services keep in mind that they are prone to errors from time to time.
2. Cloud services are expensive
This is another common misconception that made customers and businesses abandon the perspective of moving everything to a cloud storage server. However, most cloud storage services out there have decent prices, most of the them adapting their price tiers according to their customers.
Cloud storage services can indeed be cheap, but before jumping the wagon, you’d better ask yourself if migrating all the info and apps to a cloud-based server is right for your business or not.
3. Retrieving and backing up your information takes a long time
Some customers have reported that all actions involving retrieving and backing up data takes a long time to complete. Thus, the myth of the ever-slow cloud storage server was born. With many customers complaining about the slow speed, other potential buyers were discouraged from buying a subscription.
Why is this considered merely a myth? Because cloud-based actions such as retrieving files or backing up rely solely on the speed of your internet connection. If you have a fast internet connection, then all operations will go smoothly.
So, before ending the subscription to your cloud storage provider, you might want to check your internet connection first hand. The chances are that the problem is a faulty router or limited bandwidth.
4. Cloud storage is impervious to hackers
Cloud-based servers have many failsafe mechanisms that prevent the information from falling into the wrong hands. But just because the server is secure that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is 100 percent safe.
In fact, recent cyber-attacks have specifically targeted cloud storage servers to exploit their vulnerabilities. Moreover, due to the fact that many large companies have decided to migrate their activities to the cloud, hackers have made ample efforts to knock them out.
Should this stop you from moving your information to the cloud? Well, not really. Malware attacks have always been around. So no matter how well encrypted a site or a server is, they will still find a way to circumvent security protocols. Simply save your information somewhere else & perform a back-up before joining the cloud.
5. Migration Complete and ‘I no longer care for data security’
Most users decide to take it easier once they’ve moved all their data onto the cloud. More specifically, users will tend to rely more on the server’s failsafe devices, and fail to take any additional measures.
Be very careful about this one, because a lost mobile device or a misplaced USB can make the difference between playing it safe and having to wave bye-bye to all your data. Backup often and throw in some additional security passcodes just to be on the safe side.
6. One backup is enough
Tinkering with your cloud information is pretty much like playing Dark Souls: if you don’t save often enough, you might find yourself in that awkward situation when you would pretty much have to play the game from the beginning.
The same thing applies with backups: one backup means relative safety and plenty of backups means playing it real safe. Multiple backups can help you tremendously when you have to restore information between sessions.
7. Cloud storage should be used for everything
Some tend to believe that the cloud should be used for everything. It doesn’t matter if you’re a single customer or a large business, let’s just throw away our hard drives and move everything to the cloud.
Before taking the step, stop for a second and think whether cloud service is a good choice for you or not.
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About the author:
Cristopher Burge is a full-time writer, passionate about technology and business related articles. He is very focused on everything that involves cloud computing in one way or another.