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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What have you learnt from celebs’ iCloud accounts being hacked

Okay, hackers had successfully broke into the iCloud accounts of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and others, got their private photos, and shared to the public. That’s sad. Now, you should have known that your data on the cloud storage are not 100% safe. It’s because most cloud storage for casual users have only one level of protection, i.e. a password. Simply Google “how hackers crack password” and you’ll know how easily your password can be cracked if it’s not strong enough.

UnmatchedSecurity-iconTo prevent such kind of accident from being happened when people back up their data to the cloud, CloudBacko introduced two unique security features.

First of all, CloudBacko is probably the only backup solution that has filename encryption in addition to regular content encryption. With this feature, all the files will be looked like these when they’re being listed on the cloud:

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Therefore, no one, not even the hackers or the people of your cloud storage provider will be able to know what you have backed up. Thus, no one is interested in trying to open them.

Secondly, CloudBacko will help generate a 256-bit truly randomized encrypting key to encrypt all your data. This is the strongest 256-bit password that is strong enough to withstand any brute force attacks and keep your data safe from being hacked.

These two features provide unmatched security to your backup data stored on any public cloud storage supported by CloudBacko, including Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Cloud Storage, Google Drive, Microsoft Azure, and Microsoft OneDrive, thus leaving you with a peace of mind. Download and try CloudBacko for free.