Cloud storage - security matters!

Real Estate Agent with Resort and Second-Home Specialist REALTOR Broker #21673

As agents we receive and store electronic files containing data that is important to our business and some information that must be kept private. I live on an island that has been hit by hurricanes and know that any storage here could be compromised in the event of a serious disaster. That's true wherever you are too, even if you aren't located where there is significant risk of tornadoes or earthquakes. Disasters happen and we should all have protection in place for whatever data is critical to our business.

For me that means redundancy in my back ups. I have both cloud and hard back up systems. But what about keeping them secure from hackers or theft? Anything can be hacked these days it seems but I want to make it as hard as possible for my data to be hacked. And anything can be stolen.

I decided to keep my hard data storage fully encrypted with a very long password required to access it. If the drives are even stolen it will take skill and time to hack them. But I must keep some full back up off island, preferably far way. So my best solution is cloud storage.

My cloud backup is through Carbonite. Carbonite maintains "bank level" security both in the transmission of my data to their storage servers and encryption in the actual storage. There are other companies that carboniteprovide similar service, each with different programs and extras. One extra I regularly use is the mobile app that lets me open any file on my smartphone. I don't need to leave my computer on, the data is always available in the cloud wherever I am.

Nothing is perfect but high grade encryption is reasonably secure in my opinion. I know if someone really wants to break into my data they will probably succeed but that's true for data stored in safe deposit boxes or anywhere.

Do you have a solution for data storage you think is very secure? Please share it so we can all learn to be safe with our data!

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Comments (13)

Jennifer Shenbaum
Jennifer Buys Houses - Redondo Beach, CA

First of all, Kauai is one of my favorite places on Earth.  Secondly, cloud security has been on my mind quite a bit this past month.  Thanks for the post!

Apr 03, 2015 01:12 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Kathleen...this is such an issue. If we put all our files safe will the personal info of our clients be? 

Apr 04, 2015 01:06 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Jennifer Shenbaum glad you liked my post. Come for a visit to Kauai again soon!

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 that is a real issue with files kept on any computer, or in any physical location though that at least requires on site theft. Most agents don't encrypt their files. Nothing is safe but layers of protection make it safer inmy opinion. 

Apr 04, 2015 02:53 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

GREAT reminder NOT to use the cloud for storage of business information. I back up all my files to two different external hard drives and also use Carbonite. 

Apr 04, 2015 04:30 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I, too, use Carbonite, Kathleen.  Hopefully it will work as advertised if disaster ever strikes my hard drives.

Apr 04, 2015 04:43 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I was just telliong myself today to check my cloud storage!  Hope you had a blessed Easter day.

Apr 05, 2015 01:04 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Thank you for this valuable information!!!

Apr 05, 2015 11:21 PM
Mary Stewart
Keller Williams Atlantic Partners/Southside - Jacksonville, FL

Thinks for the reminder, I know how important this is and  I have not done all I could do.

Apr 06, 2015 07:46 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I will take a look at carbonite. I have heard of it but not looked into it.

Apr 08, 2015 08:56 AM
Trumps Elite
Keller Williams Realty Acadiana - Lafayette, LA
Realtors/Career Consultant

Great article. I love carbonite. Thanks for sharing. 

Apr 24, 2015 11:33 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

It is important to keep our information securely backed up.    I have My Passport that is encrypted.

Jun 06, 2015 11:14 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Kathleen. Carbonite is my cloud backup too; also a remote backup disk.

Jun 07, 2015 11:56 AM
Michele Milic
Realty ONE Group ~ 702.419.5359 - Las Vegas, NV

Dropbox, Google and external HD's....

Carbonite looks good, impressive set of features. I'll give them a try with free trial....

Btw there pricing is very good considering unlimited cloud storage space.

Thanks for posting this.

Jun 17, 2015 08:35 AM