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Encryption is a must-have feature for cloud backup

Encryption is a must-have feature for cloud backup

As most IT professionals would agree, hardware is not reliable. All the important information you have stored on the device can be lost. A good back up and disaster recovery plan is an insurance against system blowups.

Cloud backup is on the rise

The popular belief is “don’t fix it if it ain’t broken”. While cloud computing has been hip for a few years, it is inevitable for backups to be moved to cloud storage as well. There is remarkable trends in moving data to cloud storage in enterprises.

According to the third Information Week Backup Technologies Survey held by InformationWeek in May 2014,  the percentage still using legacy method of backing up directly to tape has decreased seven points since 2013, to 59% from 66%, while backing up to cloud storage ticked up to 35% from 32%.

Encryption is the key

Cloud storage is easy to come by. It also frees IT staff from administering servers with a minimal cost. While cloud storage provides all kinds of convenience, backing up to cloud storage poses security threats to users.

When data leaves the PC or the internal network on the clear, it is potentially leaked to the general public. It is very important to maintain “zero knowledge” by cloud service provider, by employing client side encryption. Your backup software should first encrypt all your data on your PC and your password never leaves your computer. Even when your cloud storage be compromised, data leaked will not be easily decrypted by third party. Encryption can also protect your important data from cloud operators’ prying eyes.

Data breach can bring companies loss of sales, credibility, reputation or fines. In many countries where data protection laws are enforced, companies should take great care to prevent leakage of customer personally identifiable information. The European Union, for example, requires that “Member States shall provide that the controller must implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect personal data against accidental or unlawful destruction or accidental loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure or access, in particular where the processing involves the transmission of data over a network, and against all other unlawful forms of processing.”

CloudBacko encrypts everything

CloudBacko can encrypt everything with a 256-bit truly randomized key, including all the data and filenames. No one, not even NSA, is able to read your data. With our truly randomized encryption, data is simply unbreakable, as a 10.51 Pentaflops supercomputer needs 3.31 x 1056 years to crack such key.

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  1. Hi
    How can I turn encryption Off?
    I know that choose to turn encryption Off Backup Sets, but the program still encrypt files and folders. I can net read the filers there is backed up.
    I could nnot find an e-mail address to your support team so I used this way instead.

  2. Hi, thanks for your question. Sorry for the late reply as this is not an official support channel. Our primary support channel is our forum where our support team will answer your question within 1 business day. So, for your question, our design is that when you turn off the encryption, the file and folder names are still encrypted so as to prevent hackers from easily getting access to your data. For details, you may refer to this thread in our forum: https://www.cloudbacko.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=503&p=1637