The cloud is a wonderful innovation. It is a place where you can upload and store tons of files that can be accessed from anywhere as long as you have a wireless connection. Though this technology offers much in terms of innovation and utility, there is a serious issue with security. For better or worse, hackers can jump into your Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive accounts without needing your password. This can lead to huge issues with file security and we’re going to be talking about it today. Are you ready to learn more about the cloud and it’s security flaws? Let’s get started.
So, how do they do it?
Well, have you ever noticed how your password and username are sometimes saved on your login screen? Well, this is something called a “password token” and hackers are grabbing it to login to accounts. Using the password token, they can fool a computer into believing that they are you. Now, before you get too worried, these hackers are mostly interested in huge corporations and other large entities. Personal users probably don’t have a lot to worry about. However, it should be stated that these hacks are not just about stealing data. They are also about spreading malware, or viruses.
What do you need to do next?
The cloud may not be the most secure place to store your information, but there is no need to worry. The research that supports the claims made in this blog comes from the Black Hat convention. The Black Hat convention is a place where hackers meet to share information and talk about security strategies. If the black hats know what is going on, then the white hats (benevolent hackers) also know. It’s certain that Google, Microsoft, and other major companies will make the changes needed to increase their security. Until then, make sure to always take steps to make your accounts more secure by adding a phone number or taking the necessary authentication steps.
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