Cloud-based applications are a real benefit for businesses and personal use, and in recent times we’ve become even more dependent on them. The likes of Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive have become household names in recent years with the upsurge of Cloud computing.
With everything IT based nowadays, there is always a risk of hackers as they become more sophisticated in their approach and ransomware attacks. So security needs to be a big consideration when it comes to deciding which application is best for you and your circumstances.
Dropbox is an easy-to-file storage solution and has always been popular among many consumers. It has grown with the times offering more security and opening itself up to more business use. While it’s not been without its security flaws in the past, it’s a pretty robust system offering extensive backup services keeping information safe from accidental deletions and technical issues. Two-way authentication can be used with Dropbox so if any files are accessed from unknown devices, it sends you a code on your smartphone to confirm identity. Dropbox also uses authentication to ensure web safety during use and uses SSL to encrypt any data being sent across the web.
With the popularity of Google, it’s no wonder that Google Drive has become the number one platform for many businesses. It integrates with third party apps and seemlessly connects with other Google services offering an SSL through its secure HTTPS on all its services.
OneDrive offers much the same as the previous mentioned platforms, i.e. 2FA and data encryption, however your data is synced to the BitLocker on your hard drive, as opposed to it being done while in transit, and it’s done on a per-file basis, ensuring only a particular file would be accessible by hackers if a key was compromised.
Which one is your preference?
At the end of the day, much of your decision will come down to preference of provider and each will come with pros and cons. No one provider will ever be 100% secure, so it’s important to consider the nature of your business and what security levels need to be in place for the information that is being stored.