October 13, 2014|
It seems like every week we hear about another security breach at a major company: Apple, Target, Home Depot, TJ Maxx, etc. With more and more of our personal data being stored in cloud databases, how vulnerable is our personal information? And how worried should we be about our students’ information in our Student Information System and Financial Aid systems? The short answer is, it depends on your cloud provider. When set up properly, cloud systems can be more secure than your PC at work or at home. Let’s look at how these big breaches have occurred. Naughty pics of celebrities were taken on their iPhones and uploaded to Apple’s iCloud. Apple’s database didn’t have a weakness; the celebrities’ passwords did. They were too easy to guess, and they were the same as on other applications that may have had weaker security. So use strong passwords with at least 8 characters, with a combination of upper case and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters. Don’t use the same password for everything. Yes, it’s hard to remember a lot of different passwords. The solution is to have a password manager application which stores your passwords to different websites.