There is no denying that Cloud technologies made a huge impact on the way how we do business. The level of productivity and collaboration they brought to the table was, up until then, unheard of. Therefore, it should not be that big of a surprise that, today, 92% of SMBs are using at least one cloud service, while 87% of them are using at least one cloud infrastructure solution. Still, it should be pointed out that such mass adoption, and wide range of services inevitably leaves a number of gaping security holes. Let us see some of the safest cloud services that should prevent those holes from sinking your small business forever.
This is one of the most popular cloud storages outside the “big three” (Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive), and in the same time one of the safest ones. What makes it so special is the way your files are encrypted. Namely, once you install Tresorit client on some of your devices, your data will be encrypted locally and only then sent to secure Tresorit servers where it remains protected by the same encryption. The only person holding the key during the entire process is you.
Very similar to Tresorit regarding both its functionality, and its security measures, Mega is another reliable solution coming from the New Zealand-based company of the same name. Much like the previous mention, Mega does not have any way of accessing your data due to local encryption, so the main difference between these two options boils to somewhat simpler access to Free account, the latter service pulled off much more elegantly.
Although it is not yet as mass-adopted as the previous two storages, pCloud offers very similar and very competitively priced set of features, so we have no other choice but to predict its fast rise in prominence in the months to come. The initial package of 10GB of free storage, cutting-edge Crypto encryption which make your files invisible to others, the lack of file size restrictions, and, as of now, unbeaten challenge to hackers to breach pCloud’s defenses, all speak in favor of this Swiss-based company.
Other Useful Services
The fact that Microsoft’s Office package managed to survive the onslaught of the free alternatives, and even made successful transition into the cloud environment serves as the testament to this product’s quality. As a matter of fact, if we would have to point out any kind of drawback that would be that navigating Office on the touchscreen is still not as comfortable as Microsoft likes to think. Still, Office 365 more than compensates for that with very rich set of features, and enterprise-grade security system.
QuickBase is very powerful, fast, highly customizable and in the meantime very reliable online database client coming from a long-establish vendor with very strong security credentials. Essentially, QuickBase will move all of your business’ databases online, and make them accessible to your workers, without compromising their confidentiality. Although it not the best suited to be used as an enterprise-scaled database, it will do more than good job playing the role of a local server in anyone’s office.
Aimed primarily at micro and small businesses, Sage One offers very pleasant and easy-to-use set of invoice, expense management, and project tracking services. Although its design is not the best on the market, Sage One’s true strength lies in affordability, multiple currency and free phone support, and high-grade 128-bit encryption keeping your data safe.
Given the current state of the business world, it is easy to predict that the volume of cloud-based services will continue to grow. In order to avoid the drowned due to increasingly inefficiency of cloud security systems, always opt for the most trusted solutions on the market, if not some of the ones we mentioned above.
Nate M. Vickery is a business consultant from Sydney, Australia. He has a degree in marketing and almost a decade of experience in company management through latest technology trends. Nate is also the editor-in-chief at bizzmarkblog.com.