FM News 101 Tech Expert Brian Westbrook says cloud security will be a big issue in 2014. Cloud is another name for data centers and servers around the world that store a growing amount of our personal information. Westbrook says virtually everything is on the cloud – pictures, bank files, and health data.
Hackers see the cloud as a treasure trove that can make them rich. Getting into those cloud servers is easier than you might imagine. Bloomberg Businessweek reports a security firm offered a cash prize to the person who could hack an average web-based server in the least amount of time. A California college student managed to do it in just four hours.
According to Westbrook, cloud servers sometimes get hacked because administrators failed to change the default password, which is sort of like leaving the key in an unlocked car.
Westbrook says most of us fail to do our research and instead, blindly trust companies to keep our information secure. He says you’d be wise to check the company’s reputation. Ask about their security measures. Ask if they’ve ever been hacked before. And if you decide to go with them, be careful of what types of information you hand over.
Westbrook says: “You don’t necessarily need to submit your entire life profile to a website just to be able to sign up to share pictures with your friends.”