Storage services in the cloud are very practical, but can be risky. We bring you six tips to keep your files secure and private.

Storing files in the cloud is the most convenient to have everything in one place: work documents, photos, videos. whatever. Services like Google Drive, Drop box, Sky drive or Ubuntu One control access from any device and share files easily with anyone. But is it really safe? Many of these services (though not all) have serious companies back with good servers, ensuring that your files are not going to disappear overnight. However, if you store sensitive material (business plans, project documents, etc) is better to take extra security measures. We recommend the following:

The tricks:

1 – Protect your passwords : Use long keys with letters, symbols and numbers. You should also keep them in a safe place (if you use multiple services). In this note we comment some tricks to protect key.

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2 – Use two-step verification: If you want more security you can use a double check. This is to ask the system to send you text message a code to more digits should put to enter. This code is always changing, so back to your account much safer.

The situation is very useful for these codes is when you have to access your account from someone Else’s computer or WI-fi unreliable. For example with Sky drive can order a single-use code and enter that code instead of the key, so you make sure not saved.

3 – Pay attention to https: Did you notice that on some websites, in the url, instead of putting “http” put “https”? HTTPS is a secure protocol that states that everything that is sent to the site is on a secure, encrypted channel, so no one intercepts your files while you send. All you have serious services.

4 – Encrypt your files: This is the safest method for anyone (or almost), you’re not your, access your files. Some services like Drop box Mega or content stored encrypted, but others like Google Drive do not. How are some free services solution encryption: true crypt and Cryptology are the best known.

5 – Check which apps access your account: It is common for other applications developed by third parties, need to access your account to give you some functionality (like uploading photos, etc). always is good that you are sure they are reliable apps, and any case restrict their access to the files you do not care to see.

6 – Frequent backups: I mentioned: whenever something can go wrong. Whether you lose access to your account, you’ve made ​​a mistake or your service close inexplicably always a backup can save you. A week is a good practice. Most services have easy options to download your content in a compressed file.

I hope these tips have helped you and you can keep your files safer in the cloud. Any questions, or if you have some tips to share, you can leave it in the comments. Until next time!