I’ve finished up my look at the college application process for high school students, and it’s now time to shift gears. Specifically, my blog entries are going to move in a “tech” direction. That doesn’t mean I’m going to ignore the educational goal of Surfmark. Instead, I’d like to focus on a different sort of practical education in technology. Today, I’d like to talk about one of the most convenient (but also most potentially disastrous) tech solutions that is gaining widespread use.
It’s quickly becoming ubiquitous, and I must admit that I find that to be generally a good thing. Generally. For the uninitiated, cloud storage does what we do at Surfmark (store your data and collections on our own servers for you), except typically for any file(s) on your own machine. You upload your files and folders to Google Drive, iCloud, SugarSync, Dropbox, SkyDrive, or Box from one computer, and you’ll be able to access it any time on any device just so long as you have an internet connection.
No more flash drives. No more emailing to yourself. Just the simple pleasure of your files on any computer that you need them to be on. Automatically synced for you. It’s easy. It’s straightforward. It’s painless.
Or at least it should be.
Except the internet has a notoriously poor track record for security. Now, before you go blaming the internet: this isn’t the internet’s fault. On the whole, it’s the fault of humans who make themselves vulnerable, make others vulnerable, or those who don’t think of taking extra precautions and in doing so let hackers take advantage of them. And, more than anybody else, it’s the fault of the jerks who hack others for entertainment, profit, or some other morally unworthy cause. And if you’re storing everything in the cloud or make everything accessible from the cloud like Mat Honan did (and pretty much everybody else on the internet does), you’re making yourself a potential target for an attack.
This isn’t to say you shouldn’t use cloud storage. You absolutely should. It is extraordinarily convenient, and–if you take the right precautions–is a very safe and reliable way to share, backup, and store your data. But you have to be careful. And this is where Surfmark comes in handy.
We’ve all been inundated with tips, tricks, and strategies for keeping your online identity safe and secure. How many of us actually implement those strategies as soon as we read about them? I figured as much. Don’t worry—neither do I. But what happens when you put off following that advice for later? Well, if you are like me on this point, too, you’re going to forget it. Until the next time you read it. But you know what happens: you put it off again, forget again, rinse, and repeat.
You can break this cycle. These tips are worthwhile and if you’re going to be doing work in the cloud, you need to be working to stay on top of the latest security methods for your accounts. Multi-step authentication. Unchained accounts. Separate, seemingly random passwords. All that jazz.
But do yourself a favor and put any useful information you find in a surfmark. Save all of the articles you find. You’ll remember what steps you need to take for security, and you’ll always be able to refer back to the tips and strategies if you need to refresh your memory. You’ll have a lot more peace of mind when you work in the cloud.
Save more things. Use Surfmark to keep track of all the innovative ways cloud storage can be used to solve your problems. Go ahead and try it. I promise, you won’t regret it. Just promise me that you won’t use the same passwords for us and your storage space.