Cloud computing enables applications and services maintained by remote servers, thereby reducing our hardware requirements.

We can see the trend moving in that direction. Tablets, smartphones, Ultrabooks and Macbook Airs (not an Ultrabook) are evidence of this.

However, immersing fully into a life up in the cloud is not without its risks.

We as consumers, are relinquishing control of data to a remote server and with that, run the risk of security breaches.

WIRED writer Matt Honan experienced these problem when his iCloud and Amazon accounts were hacked. There was no fancy algorithms involved in the hack. The hackers merely followed the breadcrumbs of connections from Matt’s Twitter account. These hacks highlighted Amazon’s and more crucially, Apple’s iCloud service.

He wrote a detailed account of the events that led the hacking. Despite the rather painful experience, he is objective in his assessment of the situation.

Tips to living more securely in the cloud:

  • Do not daisy chain your email, Twitter, Facebook accounts.
  • Create stronger passwords different for each account.
  • Create a separate email which functions specifically as a recovery address.
  • If you’re using Gmail services, enable two-step verification of your account.

No method is 100% secure. However, these measures reduces one’s chances of being compromised in the cloud.

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