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Many cloud storage services operate a sort of recycle bin, retaining deleted items for a few days or weeks in case one needs them again. This is frequently quite useful and can be advantageous if someone attempts to erase one's account.
FREMONT, CA: With cloud storage now so deeply interwoven into desktop and mobile operating systems, everyone is synchronizing more data to and from the cloud than ever before: our photos, movies, documents, passwords, music, and more.
Of course, having access to all of the data from anywhere and on any device has many advantages, but it also opens the possibility of someone else accessing one's files from a different device. Here's what one can do to avoid this.
Keeping Strong Passwords
All the standard security tips Are Applicable for cloud accounts as well: One should use a password manager and create long, unique passwords that are tough to guess. One should keep their passwords private and secure and be aware of any attempts to obtain them.
If two-factor authentication (2FA) is available, one should enable it (most popular cloud storage services now support it). Enabling 2FA means that even if undesirable visitors know one's username and password, they won't be able to access their cloud storage files—another code from their phone will be required as well.
Dispose of 'Deleted' Files
Many cloud storage services operate a sort of recycle bin, retaining deleted items for a few days or weeks in case one needs them again. This is frequently quite useful and can be advantageous if someone attempts to erase one's account. That being said, one may want to ensure that any sensitive files are entirely erased and cannot be restored.
If one is deleting something, they don't want to get back and don't want anybody else to find—especially if the file or folder is shared—look into the undelete options provided by the provider to ensure the data are actually gone. For example, on the web version of iCloud, click the Recently Deleted link to view and permanently erase deleted files.
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