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Are Cloud Services Really Secure? We Checked 4 and This Is What We Found

If you are one among those people easily influenced by screaming headlines about hacked accounts and compromised passwords involving the cloud storage, you won’t be thinking of using such services, ever. However, if you are already using the cloud, the question you should be asking is how secure are the services of major players like iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive.

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Is Dropbox secure?

Is Dropbox secure?

Like any secure cloud services, Dropbox staff can’t see the content of your files. However, they do have access to the metadata in case they need to provide you technical support. Dropbox also makes it very clear that this access privilege is restricted to just a handful of staff for legal and technical reasons.

The data during transit is also safely encrypted using the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and at rest by using AES-256 bit encryption to which only Dropbox has the keys. Users can easily unlink lost or stolen devices from their account to reduce the risk of unauthorized access.

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Is iCloud secure?

Is iCloud secure?

Apple iCloud may have come under fire after hackers stole photos of celebrities and splash them online, but it was not much about iCloud being unsafe; it was more of the celebs compromising their AppleID passwords.

Fact of the matter is that Apple has a good reputation in terms of security across all their devices. Well, Apple claims that user data is encrypted both in transit and at rest on their servers. Instead of using AES 256-bit encryption all across the board, the company uses “a minimum of 128-bit AES” which, perhaps, is considerably less secure.

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Is Google Drive secure?

Is Google Drive secure?

Google is one of the biggest victims of password compromise security scare which states that about 5 million Gmail accounts were hacked after one of its databases was dumped on a Russian security forum.

Since Google Drive uses the same Google account for accessing Gmail, there was a danger of everything being compromised. However, it eventually turned out that the dump was those of the old phished passwords and that at most 2% may have worked – even those were all reset immediately by Google.

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Is OneDrive secure?

Is OneDrive secure?

Microsoft Windows is known to be the #1 target for hackers and cybercriminals. However, OneDrive (earlier called SkyDrive) has not suffered from serious security breach. So, can it be safely said that the service is the most secured of all the cloud service providers? In fact, no, since none of these services have actually suffered from direct data breach.

However, most users are concerned about security issues and making private or public their privacy is very important. Microsoft also reserves the right to scan your files for any ‘objectionable content’ (just like iCloud). This could lead to accidental deletion of your data and your OneDrive account.

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