Think Again Before Putting Confidential Data in the Cloud – Heartbleed Bug, Data Leaks and More.

Our government wouldn’t pry into my data, would it? Heard of the NSA? By now, probably all Americans have, and not all of it is good. In fact, some of the news is downright unsettling. Now, with the Patriot Act and the NSA’s interpretation of it, your data on the Internet is less safe. The federal government can now get to your data or your client’s data simply by issuing a subpoena, no court order is needed. On top of that, there is plenty of evidence that government agencies are not even bothering with a subpoena in some cases, as the NSA has admitted that some of its employees have gathered information on their own account.

My data is backed up in the cloud, right? Sure, there are redundant backups of your data. That means more servers with your information and more avenues for compromising it Wikidata. Has your computer ever gone down? Well, so do servers. And when that happens, your data is inaccessible. Maybe there is a hacker attack and the server is shut down for safety reasons, or maybe the electrical grid is compromised, or a natural disaster happens, the list is endless. If you are running your application on the cloud, your business is dead in the water, and your clients have no access to their data.

What happens when they post the ‘Out of Business’ sign? In the real world, when you do business with a company and they fold, you pick up and find another company. But, what if your entire business is dependent on that company and all of your data is held by that company? What if your log in just stops working and your calls are not returned? You clients will certainly be calling you and demanding answers. You may never recover your data or your client’s data. Your valuable information is suddenly gone, and you will have to start from scratch.

My monthly payments are reasonable, is the cloud a good deal? Certainly it is for the vendors. According to the research firm IDC, 2012 revenues are estimated to be 42 billion dollars and estimates for 2013 are as high as 131 billion, according to Gartner, a leading information technology research and advisory company. Consumers are used to monthly payments drafted from their bank account, but often don’t realize the eventual cost. For example, property managers that use ‘software as a service’ (SAAS) typically pay an amount per managed property, and a dollar per property is common.

Can hackers access my data and my customer data? Computer hacking is at an epidemic level and they are extremely sophisticated. Hackers can attack major web servers to garner information and filter out all of the email address, bank account numbers, and social security numbers. It doesn’t matter is they know the customer name; they have what they need to steal the identities of your customers. Once your user name and password is obtained, the rest of your data is there for the taking. It doesn’t have to be a genius hacker in a dark basement in a foreign country.

They can be sitting at a table in the same restaurant or coffee shop while you work on a public Wi-Fi network, stealing from your cloud-based transactions. Now even your so-called ‘secure’ SSL transactions have been found to be compromised. With the Heartbleed bug, experts have found that the majority of the Internet transactions have been operating with a bug that allows hackers to get your passwords and confidential information undetected. And that has been undiscovered for the past two years! Still believe that your data is safe?

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