The Cloud Doesn't Equal Zero Maintenance

May 16, 2013

password hell To a lot of people, there is a perception that putting your data on the cloud means you don't have to do anything to it or with it unless you need it.   Unfortunately, while it does make your computing more efficient and reliable, you still need to perform some cloud maintenance.

Passwords

A few months ago, Evernote (one of our favorite cloud apps) was hacked, resulting in 50 million users needing to reset their passwords.     Even though your data is now accessible from anywhere and is safe from a hard drive failure, you still need to be diligent about your passwords.   They need to be complex, different and secure -- read our tips for more information on creating strong passwords.  

Follow The Vendor

Keep abreast of what is going on with the vendor.   Many times if something is happening with the site or the service, they will share it on their social channels -- Facebook, Twitter, or even a special email newsletter.  

Check Around

Once people find a solution that works, they tend to set it and forget it.   Schedule a time to revisit your online vendors each year -- even the free ones.  I find that tax time works for me because I am digging through old records, bank accounts, and more to get ready to pay Uncle Sam.  It's also a good time to check and see if applications or sites you no longer use have permission to access your accounts through Twitter, Facebook, or Google.    Reducing access and accounts you don't use will help to lessen the likelihood that your entire online presence will be compromised.  

 

How often do you purge unused accounts and access online?

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 Jen Steed writes about technology, travel and more.  You can find her writing for various online and print publications.  To talk to Jen or see all of her articles as they are published, you can follow Jen on .