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Paranormal Cloud Activity - Discover the dark side of the cloud in our Halloween special

Scary creatures roam the earth on Halloween and make our blood run cold. But not only on this one day, but throughout the year, dark forces threaten our idyllic everyday life. In search of easy prey, they will stop at nothing and also try to strike their claws into the cloud. Discover the dark side of the cloud with us and learn how you can protect yourself from lurking beasts.

Data leak invasion

Imagine someone secretly entering your house while you are asleep. The intruder wanders through your home and violates your privacy by rummaging through your drawers and looking at your family pictures. The idea of ​​this is likely to run down your spine. Now imagine that this happens to the IT infrastructure of a company to which you have entrusted your sensitive data, or to your cloud in which you save your images and documents. Scary isn't it? Without the right protection for your data, this scary story can all too easily become a reality.

And it happens. More often than we might think.

It's a silent invasion of data leaks. Evil beings stretch out their ghostly hands to get your sensitive data. The number of known data leaks is increasing steadily. But there are also attacks that go undetected, sometimes even over several years. It is therefore important for everyone to actively ensure the security of their data. The dark forces are ready and attack as soon as they discover the slightest weak point in the defense.

As bad as the data leak scenario sounds, there are ways you can avoid this nightmare. The safest and easiest way to protect your data from malicious beings is through encryption. The use of end-to-end encryption protects your data on dangerous journeys, but also when it is idle. The attackers may still get your data, but they cannot use it.

Pact with the Devil aka the Terms of Use

Have you ever sold your soul to the devil? No? Are you sure about that? I bet you've told one of the biggest lies on the internet a few times: "I've read the Terms of Use and I agree to them".

Let's be honest, nobody reads these terms. So it is entirely possible that your soul already officially belongs to the devil.

And what about your data in the cloud? Your provider could be in league with the devil without you knowing about it. In their terms of use, some cloud providers openly take out the right to access your data. The users sign these contracts voluntarily with their own blood.

For example, take a look at Microsoft's privacy policy:

Microsoft collects information through our interactions with you and through our products for a variety of purposes, as described below, in order to operate effectively and provide you with the best experience with our products. ... For example, if you transfer a file to another Skype user over Skype, we need to collect the contents of that file for you and the other user. ... Other content we collect when we deliver products include: • Communications, including audio, video, text (typed, drawn, dictated or otherwise) in messages, email, phone calls, meeting requests or chat. • Photos, pictures, songs, films, software and other media documents that you save, access or otherwise process with our cloud.

Further in the example you will find information specifically on capturing content in the cloud storage:

When you use OneDrive, we collect data about your use of the service and the content you have saved in order to provide, improve and protect the service. Examples include both indexing your OneDrive documents so you can search them later, and using location information to make it easier for you to find photos based on where the photo was taken.

Still, there is nothing to worry about as you can keep your data safe despite these insidious conditions. With strong zero-knowledge encryption, your data is useless for the dark side. However, we cannot do anything for your soul ...

Curse of the shadow IT

IT departments also have one or two creepy stories to tell. Just imagine the shock of an IT employee when they discover sensitive data in the cloud that should never have left the internal infrastructure. In this case, the company is haunted not by insidious ghosts, but by its own employees. To ensure compliance at all times, companies should choose a cloud solution that allows custom guidelines to be created.

Another nightmare for the IT department is the existence of ghost clouds. Employees can be tempted to store data in a cloud of their choice without IT knowing anything about it. This scenario is conceivable if a company does not use a cloud solution at all or the employees are not satisfied with the performance of the existing solution. Effective permission management can help you meet compliance requirements and keep the horrors of the ghost clouds away.

The cloud of horror

As you can see, evil spirits loom threateningly over your sensitive data. They appear in the form of data leaks, contracts with the devil and ghost clouds, among other things. With the right measures, however, you can take your data security into your own hands.

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