Tips for Enhancing Mac Cloud Security

Cloud storageBacking up your data seems to be the most important thing taught to anyone in the IT field. In fact, it happens to be the number one thing my A+ exam preparation teacher told and reminded us, his students, of every class period: back up to keep from cracking up.  Though the A+ certification is an entry level certification for PCs, Apple has its own Backup solution: Backup Exec.

Backup Exec 2010 R3 has been enhanced and now uses stronger protocols in order to ensure secure communication between remote agents and media servers, thereby reducing the possibility that restore or backup operations can be compromised.  Though at first glance this is a good thing, it is also an issue. The solution comes in the form of establishing a trust relationship between the media server and the remote computer you wish to connect. To establish this new trust relationship, your media server and remote computer must exchange certificates, so that both computers can confirm the other’s identity for future operations. In addition, be sure to check that the remote computer’s IP address is a trusted source before attempting to establish the trust relationship.  Only after your remote computer is a verified trusteed source, you can then establish the trust relationship with the media server.

You have another option, and that option is CrashPlan. To start with, the program automatically updates itself when there is a new release. It allows you the option of either backing up your files locally on a hard drive, or online, which like most plans is supported through paid plans. CrashPlan is a user friendly program and remains accessible to those new to the system.  The application is cross program flexible and can be used on both Mac and PC.

CrashPlan, this particularly named service comes at no cost when you5r files are stored on a separate local disk within your own computer, provides encryption for your files, and only takes up 50MB of free space to download from the website. The second service is CrashPlan Pro, which is more sophisticated and is a premium service with a wide array of services including 448-bit data encryption, is ad-free and stores your files conveniently with its highest security measures within dedicated servers.

Cloud storage for Mac is becoming more and more important, since millions of people are using the internet on a daily basis and Mac users make up a good chunk of this. Securing your files and data is essential in our digital age, as you never know when you might need to restore data due to a hard drive crash or even a malicious attack. With secure backups in place, you can store your private and business data on a reliable platform and ensure that your information is safe.