3 Cloud-Based Project Security Risks to Watch Out For

Cloud Security RiskThe people you need to start a project with might not always be physically present, or might be located somewhere far away. For this, online workspaces can be created. But watch out — even paid ones are prone to risks. Here are some that are easily identifiable:

File-hosting Sites with Suspiciously Large File Upload Limits

It’s hard to find a software for project management with secure hosting that is perfect for your specific needs. Your project might be composed of nothing but text, which will make it easier and cheaper to manage in lieu of file hosting prices. Or it might be a media project that requires the hosting of files in the gigabyte tier.

If your project software can’t accommodate this or if it’s asking for too high a price, you might consider outsourcing; but be careful. File hosting is pricey for a reason. Do some research on the service you’re considering by looking at reviews and knowing the reasons for the cheap price if it isn’t altogether free.

Emails from Strangers

This isn’t something like the blatantly obvious scam mail from someone claiming to be the prince of Nigeria. This is something unscrupulous like someone claiming to be a project member who has forgotten his project account password and is using a different email account to ask for its recovery.

Sure, such things can really happen, but asking for proof of identity in a reply to this email account is not the way to go. The best way to handle the situation is by communicating with the person through a different channel, like through a phone call or a text message.

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Misspelled URLs of Legitimate Websites

Project co-members might have misspelled it themselves, but people rarely type URLs character by character, especially if those URLs are strings of complex numbers and jumbled letters. If you recognize a URL shared to you but there’s something off-putting about it, trust on your hunch and don’t open that link.

Your whole network might be at risk of opening a malicious link, which might be something as simple as an ad, or as complex as a fraudulent banking website that will ask for your personal information. Whatever the case, it’s best to leave that link untouched.