Cloud Data Still Needs Protection

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It Starts With You

There are a variety of benefits to hosting your data in the cloud. Most people, however, tend to look at it as a set-and-forget situation. Data protection is still your responsibility.

While most cloud services offer some sort of protection, sticking to just that shouldn’t be your entire security plan. Classifying and organizing your data can be mainstreamed as well. Making sure that you have a handle on where your data is, and where it’s being used, is the first step in keeping yourself aware of how information is being accessed.

Once you have a handle on that, making sure each user is protected and monitored on your end will go a long way toward a more solid security plan. Effective protection takes an in-depth look at each piece along the way.

Application whitelisting is always our recommendation when it comes to data protection. Effective protection of each employee, and therefore each machine, is essential. As you look at your data plan, consider your weaknesses.

A Solid Security Plan

Building a solid security plan includes protection, monitoring, and maintenance. While a cloud solution can help streamline those processes, it shouldn’t be your only line of defense. Consider integrating a whitelisting solution into your protection plan.

Ultimately, data protection is up to you. Avoiding ransomware is everyone’s responsibility. That responsibility becomes more manageable once everyone is taking an active part in maintaining it.

Good luck, and stay safe out there.

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10 thoughts on “Cloud Data Still Needs Protection

  1. Kayla,
    Thank you for your response, I do appreciate it. So, what you are saying is that the Cloud is the one protecting your data. I see this as one must select a very responsible Cloud, that has solid protections in place, for the safety of your or anyone else’s data.

    I am glad to know that PC Matic does protect all on my PC’s data. Yes, I also know that I must stay vigilant on not opening malicious emails and watch where I am going when on the Internet. I have been doing those things for years now.

    Mickey

    • Whitelisting is a term for only allowing known-trusted programs to execute. Alternatively, other programs run off a blacklist, which is a list of only known bad files and blocks them from running. The issue with this method is, bad files are created every minute for malicious purposes and keeping track of them all is impossible. Whitelist is prevention-focused, while blacklist is reactive.

    • Remote desktop protocol (RDP) ports permit remote access to a network. This is typically used for work purposes to remote into a company network from any location.

    • Whitelisting is a term for only allowing known-trusted programs to execute. Alternatively, other programs run off a blacklist, which is a list of only known bad files and blocks them from running. The issue with this method is, bad files are created every minute for malicious purposes and keeping track of them all is impossible. Whitelist is prevention focused, while blacklist is reactive.

  2. Dave,
    Earlier this year I purchased a HP ENVY TE01 with Windows 10. I also got a hard drive backup because I do not want my info on the cloud. I used REVO to delete the cloud but Windows 10 keeps trying to update it. Is there a way to block this? Thanks, JON

  3. What is been suggested sounds like excellent advice. However, where are the suggestions to achieve this protection? I am sorry, but, just being warned without any suggestion seems lacking to me.

    Now, how can PC Matic help in this matter? I do have PC Matic as my Anti-Virus, Malware protector. I did purchase the Lifetime protection for 5 devices, so how can I use my PC Matic to protect my cloud? I am a new consumer to PC Matic and I need to learn more. I would like to know, since, I want to protect a cloud that I might use in the near future.

    Thank you for responding to this comment. It is greatly appreciated.

    • Hi Mickey,
      PC Matic protects your device and the data on it. If you have information stored with a cloud-based provider, it would be up to that provider to keep that data secure.

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