This article is a guest post from MSI-ECS, distributor of Trend Micro products.

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Back then, all your files were stored on hardware. Today, you store your photos on Facebook, Instagram, or Picasa. You even use your email as storage by sending yourself emails with attachments! You know that your files are out there, but where?

These files are in the cloud. The cloud is where you access services that help store, or run software applications anywhere in the world when needed. Imagine having infinite, secure storage for your backup data at a reasonable price. These are just some of the reasons why people are moving their data to the cloud.

The cloud can be used in different ways. Services like Dropbox, iCloud, and Box give you free limited storage with an option to pay for more. Some operating systems provide cloud backup and restore services in case your device crashes or is stolen, or your data somehow gets deleted. You can also communicate and mingle through the cloud! Networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have apps you can use. Other services include media storage and playback; banking and finance; and note-taking and bookmarking, among others.

There are many reasons to move to the cloud. Data backed up in the cloud means less hardware for you. There’s no need to update multiple copies anymore. It’s also easy to share your data in public, or even to a select few. Like they say, there’s an app for that!

It’s important to note that there are storms you have to brave in the cloud. It’s possible to lose your entire digital life in under an hour. You should be alert for threat campaigns, flaws in the system, additional costs, access woes, provider data leakage, the human factor, and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Dropbox users were once spammed because of third-party sites linked to the service.

Being proactive when it comes to cloud security can protect you from these storms. Always update your apps. App developers address service bugs and fix flaws through updates. Use cloud-based services that automatically encrypt data you upload like Trend Micro™ SafeSync™. Don’t click links or open attachments from suspicious-looking emails. Same goes for IMs and private messages on social networking sites. Use mobile security programs like the Trend Micro™ Mobile Security to block malicious apps. Change simple passwords into phrases that are hard for others to remember. Don’t recycle passwords or refer to popular media when creating new ones. Password managers like Trend Micro™ DirectPass™ allow you to use one master password for all your accounts. Back up you mobile data with services like Trend Micro™ Mobile Backup and Restore. This will come in handy when your device crashes or is stolen. These are just a few ways of finding the silver lining in the cloud.

To find out more on how you can keep your personal data safe in the cloud through the Trend Micro Digital Life E-guide, please visit “Files in Flight: What You Need to Know about Cloud Storage.”

Trend Micro security solutions are distributed in the Philippines thru MSI-ECS Phils Inc.  For more information, please contact marketing@msi-ecs.com.ph.

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